Marketing! Logistics! Documentation! News! Design! Ambassadors! (If I've
missed a group that should know about this, please forward it on and let
Linux Pro Magazine (LPM) has proposed to make a special Fedora print
issue for F12 - thousands of magazines out on newsstands internationally
with an F12 DVD tucked inside. This would be very, very cool. We're
trying to figure out whether this is possible, whether we should do it,
and (if both of those are "yes"), how the balance of work would be
distributed between the Fedora community (perhaps with help from the Red
Hat Brand team) and LPM.
We'd love your thoughts and feedback. This is moving quite rapidly (it
first came up on Wednesday afternoon; we need to give a yes or no for
F12 next week), so I've summarized the current state of things on a
project page at https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Fedora_print_magazine. We
would particularly love your ideas for
Rikki Kite from LPM is being absolutely awesome about transparency for
this entire process, has made a version of the proposal for public
consumption (it's all the information that we have, minus financials and
If you have any questions, please add them to
https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Fedora_print_magazine#Questions - myself,
Max Spevack, Karsten Wade, and David Nalley will be calling Rikki and
the folks at LPM tomorrow (Friday), so that'll be a first chance
(definitely not the last!) to get some of these questions answered.
PS: One of the most surprising things I've learned in the last 24 hours
is that the good folks down in LATAM are already doing a Fedora magazine
"Fedora 11 introduced a great new feature: delta RPM updates. This
feature creates delta RPM packages (.drpm) that are binary “patches” to
the existing RPM packages. Instead of downloading all files, regardless
of whether they have changed or not, a delta RPM will only download the
files that have changed compared to the previous RPM package.
Once the delta RPM is downloaded by the Presto plugin for yum, it will
try to reconstruct a full RPM based on the contents of the previous RPM,
plus the newly changed files from the delta RPM. The newly-created RPM
will then be installed by yum."
After multiple failed attempts to keep the FI wikipage up to date, I
finally realized the way to keep it up to date was to link to our
ticketing system, since *that* is up to date.
Everything seems to be going along pretty well - there's one
infra-related thing that we're blocking on and need to resolve soon,
which is repackaging fasauth (which is now useful for all zikula
instances rather than specifically tuned to what FI needs - docs folks,
I think it's ready for you now). I've been told this should be pretty
easy for someone who Knows Packaging.
I can take it if someone is willing to walk me through packaging on IRC
(I should learn how to be a better packager at some point anyway, I've
only done one package), but I'm sure somebody else can get this done
much faster. ;) Please take this ticket if you can!
The infrastructure side is chugging along nicely, and now it's time to
turn our attention to FI content (which is the real reason we're putting
it up anyway). That'll be the focus of this week's Marketing meeting,
after many weeks of more logistical convos (thanks for putting up with
them, everyone) - it's like
I am about to Upgradde pt6 zikula to Zikula 1.1.2 The upgrade process
should take between 10-20 Minutes using the zikula patch files.
I have backed up the database to : /usr/share/zikula-preupgrade-backup
The Theme has been copied to the theme SVN as mentioned in a previous
email to the designs list.
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I've also added this to
so we know what we'd need to do in case we decide to go with the "we're
going to print a magazine!" proposal.
Still exploring possibilities, still in need of thoughts and feedback -
is this a good idea? What difficulties - or benefits - or both - do you see?
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: Fedora print magazine proposal from Linux Pro Magazine
Date: Fri, 04 Sep 2009 22:30:28 -0400
From: Tom "spot" Callaway <tcallawa(a)redhat.com>
To: Mel Chua <mel(a)redhat.com>
CC: Stephen John Smoogen <smooge(a)gmail.com>
On 09/04/2009 09:58 PM, Mel Chua wrote:
>>> On 09/04/2009 01:06 PM, Stephen John Smoogen wrote:
>>> One thing I know that has happened in the past with several print
>>> magazines is that a special DVD had to be made with the .src.rpm's on
>>> it so that they were compliant with GPL provisions. That required a
>>> special spin for that.
>>> Tom, is that still required? With a DVD spin.. one would make a
>>> bigger LIVE cd spin and include the SRPMs on it for those packages.
>> On 09/04/2009 03:37 PM, Tom "spot" Callaway wrote:
>> Yes, the source needs to come with the DVD so that we meet the licensing
>> provisions. Doing a bigger F12 Live spin with the SRPMs included seems
>> like the simplest way to handle that.
> Is this ok to share with the Marketing list and LPM folks? (I don't see
> any reason why not, but wanted to make sure it wasn't already public for
> some reason.)
Sure, I see no reason why not.