Going over the marketing schedule, and I see that "own, clean,
revitalize" the User Testimonials page had a target date of March 31.
What's the status of that page? Do we have a plan for the page, are are
we simply going to archive it?
The idea is a good one -- we're going to do a "what do you love about
Fedora" project at LinuxTag & FUDCon Berlin. I just don't know what our
goals for that particular page are.
Paul just posted a blog about Fedora Classroom, and I wanted to get
this out long ago, but I've been really slow. I wanted to get the
The Fedora Classroom activities have changed a bit this time around
and we wanted to use some of the Fedora Marketing mojo to get the word
out. So let's start with the changes:
* Fedora Classroom now runs one full date from 12:00 am to 11:59 pm
(all in UTC time).
** This means that any class can be scheduled at any time, thus
accommodating more schedules
* We recommend sessions be approximately 1 to 1.5 hours. (this is a
change from scheduled 1 hour sessions)
** This also implies a short break between classroom sessions, but is
no longer required.
Fedora Classroom is always looking for more presenters. The topic
doesn't have to be difficult. You don't even have to be an expert,
just have something fedora-related to share. If you are interested in
giving a class in your time zone, please sign up on the wiki.
Fedora Classroom is always looking for feedback and suggested topics.
If you are interested in hearing a particular topic, please add it to
the 'Suggest a Class' section, just below the schedule.
Fedora Classroom also has an archive of previous classes. This
archive is available on the Classroom wiki page as well, under the
'Classroom Archive' section.
I'm hoping for some feedback here to improve this message. I'm also
looking to put this out on a few of the news distribution lists (we
should be adding this to FWN the week before it happens). Any other
suggestions, thoughts, improvements are welcomed.
"The Fedora Project is rolling out some impressive new features and
functions with Leonidas. One of the most notable is the use of ext4 as
the default file system (while many distributions are planning on making
ext4 the default in the near future, some recent releases have chosen to
keep it optional this time around). The Fedora team says that aside from
ext4 performance enhancements, Leonidas users will be treated to faster
boot and shutdown procedures, an automatic font, codec and clipart
installer, and the DeviceKit device management tool designed to work
with (and sometimes stand in for) hal. Fedora 11 users can also look
forward to updated versions of the KDE, GNOME, and Xfce desktop
environments, improvements in direct rendering, and better volume
control and power management tools."
Fedora 11 Preview Release has been announced with a large number of new
features, even more so than previous general releases. This includes
* Presto (delta RPM updates reducing bandwidth usage over 80%
typically). Yum install yum-presto to enable it.
* Automatic font and mime installer via PackageKit
* Nouveau as the default driver for Nvidia cards (3D support is not
mature and disabled however),
* Simplified Anaconda text mode installation and minimal installation
* Automatic Bug Reporting tool,
* Native access to Microsoft Exchange using OpenChange,
* Firefox 3.1 and ThunderBird 3.0
* Openoffice.org 3.1
* Windows Cross Compiler (MinGW and a comprehensive set of cross
* Ext4 as the default filesystem
* Experimental support for the next generation Btrfs filesystem,
* Improved I18N with the switch to IBus input system by default,
* Much improved Kernel Mode Support with flicker free and fast bootup
* Many virtualization and security improvements,
* RPM 4.7, GNOME 2.26, KDE 4.2, Xfce 4.6, Linux Kernel 2.6.29, Python
2.6. GCC 4.4 and several other changes.
Major Features list:
I'm sending you this announcement because it's a very interesting event
organized by the Dutch UUG, on the subject of Filesystems & Storage,
with key people giving keynotes and sessions amongst which is the core
developer of ext4.
Jeroen van Meeuwen
Every bit counts. From a single byte to billions of images, from one
line of text to a gigantic tangled semantic web of documents, from clay
tablets to 3D holographic memory, storage and the means to organize
storage have always been important to humanity. Never underestimate the
bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes, it was said; a sailboat
crossing the Atlantic still manages rates of a little over 1GB/s
A petabyte of storage weighs about as much as a small car, but a large
physics experiment can fill that up in less than a week. The modern rate
of data production and amount of data storage --and crucially also data
search and retrieval-- have pushed the limits of computer storage and
the traditional file system further and further back.
The NLUUG Spring Conference 2009 focuses on storage and the means to
organise it: file systems, physical storage, connections and search.
The keynote speaker at the conference will be Ted Ts'o, author of the
ext4 file system in Linux and CTO of the Linux Foundation. Other
subjects at the conference are DRBD, desktop search and ZFS.
The conference is in conference center 'De Reehorst' in Ede, The
Netherlands. Information about the full programme and registration can
be found at the conference website:
As always members of NLUUG and sister organisations as well as students
get a hefty discount.
"I think that Fedora definitely gets credit for that. If you look on a
lot of news sites, you’ll see that a lot of people are fairly aware of
how and where things have come from. Of course, there are plenty of
places where people are off the mark, but that’s to be expected, too.
Overall, Fedora does have a good reputation for being an early adopter
of many useful features. I’ve seen people mention in a few places that a
lot of software has improved and stabilized a lot after being included
We will be having our regularly scheduled Fedora Marketing meeting today
at 20.00UTC. Thats 4 Eastern, 1 Pacific and 22.00 CET, please set you
clocks accordingly. The meeting will take place in #fedora-meeting.
If you have anything which needs to be done or have any ideas for
actionable items for the time of release, please bring them.