I thought you'd be interested in the Fedora related news in this
announcement especially as I believe it'll be the first large
use/deployment of a Fedora Secondary Architecture.
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From: Chris Ball <cjb(a)laptop.org>
Date: Wed, Jul 7, 2010 at 11:01 PM
Subject: [Sugar-devel] Announce: OLPC software strategy.
Cc: olpc(a)lists.fedoraproject.org, iaep(a)lists.sugarlabs.org,
Now that the 10.1.1 release for XO-1.5 is out, it's a good time to
talk about OLPC's software strategy for the future. We've got a few
announcements to make:
OLPC wasn't planning to make a Fedora 11 release of the XO-1 OS, but
a group of volunteers including Steven Parrish, Bernie Innocenti,
Paraguay Educa and Daniel Drake stepped up and produced Fedora 11 XO-1
builds that follow the OLPC 10.1.1 work. I'm happy to announce that
we're planning on releasing an OLPC-signed version of that work, and
that this release will happen alongside the next XO-1.5 point release
in the coming weeks. So, OLPC release 10.1.2 will be available for
both XO-1 and XO-1.5 at the same time, and will contain Sugar 0.84,
GNOME 2.26 and Fedora 11. We think that offering this fully
interoperable software stack between XO-1 and XO-1.5 laptops will
greatly aid deployments, and we're very thankful to everyone who has
enabled us to be able to turn this XO-1 work into a supported release!
To prepare for this XO-1 release, we've started working on fixing
some of the remaining bugs in the community F11/XO-1 builds. Paul Fox
recently solved a problem with suspend/resume and wifi in the F11/XO-1
kernel, which was the largest blocker for a supported release. We'll
continue to work on the remaining bugs, particularly the ones that
OLPC is uniquely positioned to help with.
The first development builds for this release will be published later
We'll be continuing to work on XO-1.5 improvements, incorporating
fixes to the "Known Problems" section of the 10.1.1 release notes¹
into the 10.1.2 release.
XO-1.75 and beyond:
XO-1.75 software development is underway. Today we're announcing
that we're planning on using Fedora as the base distribution for the
XO-1.75. This wasn't an obvious decision -- ARM is not a release
architecture in Fedora, and so we're committing to help out with that
port. Our reasons for choosing Fedora even though ARM work is needed
were that we don't want to force our deployments to learn a new
distribution and re-write any customizations they've written, we want
to reuse the packaging work that's already been done in Fedora for
OLPC and Sugar packages, and we want to continue our collaboration
with the Fedora community who we're getting to know and work with
We've started to help with Fedora ARM by adding five new build
machines (lent to OLPC by Marvell; thanks!) to the Fedora ARM koji
build farm, and we have Fedora 12 and Sugar 0.86 running on early 1.75
development boards. We'd prefer to use Fedora 13 for the XO-1.75, but
it hasn't been built for ARM yet -- if anyone's interested in helping
out with this or other Fedora ARM work, please check out the Fedora
ARM page on the Fedora Wiki². We're also interested in hiring ARM and
Fedora developers to help with this; if you're interested in learning
more, please send an e-mail to jobs-engineering(a)laptop.org.
We'll also be continuing to use Open Firmware on the XO-1.75, and
Mitch Bradley has an ARM port of OFW running on our development boards
EC-1.75 open source EC code:
OLPC is proud to announce that the XO-1.75 embedded controller will
have an open codebase (with a small exception, see below). After much
behind-the-scenes effort, EnE has agreed to provide us with a public
version of the KB3930 datasheet and is allowing our new code to be
The code is not available yet due to a few chunks of proprietary code
that need to be purged and some other reformatting. A much more
detailed announcement will be provided once the new code is pushed to
a public repository. The code will be licensed under the GPL with a
special exception for OLPC use.
The exception is because EnE has not released the low-level details on
the PS/2 interface in the KB3930, so there will be some code that is
not available -- relative to the codebase this is a very small amount
of code. The GPL licensing exception will allow for linking against
this closed code. We're going to investigate ways to move away from
this code in the future. (As far as we're aware, this will make the
XO-1.75 the first laptop with open embedded controller code!)
We've begun working on modifications to Sugar to enable touchscreen
and multitouch use (the XO-1.75 will have a touchscreen, as will
future OLPC tablets based on its design), and we'll continue to do so.
The first outcome from this work is Sayamindu Dasgupta's port of the
Meego Virtual Keyboard³ to Sugar -- you can see a screencast of it in
It's an exciting time for software development at OLPC. Many thanks
for all of your support and efforts!
- Chris, on behalf of the OLPC Engineering team.
Chris Ball <cjb(a)laptop.org>
One Laptop Per Child
Sugar-devel mailing list
I discovered Identi.ca has a few snarls involved in OpenID access --
not the least of which is you can't *re-use* an OpenID you're using on
one Identi.ca account for another.
So I set up a special Ping.fm account that is hooked to the @fedora
Identi.ca account. I also entered it into HootSuite, and sent out
invitations to the whole FAS social networking team giving access to
this account. So here's how it works now:
For new status updates -- updates that are *not* replies:
1. Login to HootSuite.
2. Select *ONLY* the Ping.fm "Fedora" account.
The status echoes to Identi.ca @fedora, which echoes to Twitter
1. Login to HootSuite.
2. Select *ONLY* the account you're replying on, probably Twitter
The status only goes to the Twitter account where the mention
Although this does put another web service between us and Identi.ca,
it doesn't *restrict* us from sending messages in another way. As
we've said repeatedly before, we'll continue to look for 100% FOSS
management apps to which we can migrate in the future.
Paul W. Frields http://paul.frields.org/
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http://redhat.com/ - - - - http://pfrields.fedorapeople.org/
Where open source multiplies: http://opensource.com
#84: Write a HOWTO press release workflow together with Red Hat PR
Reporter: mchua | Owner: mchua
Type: enhancement | Status: assigned
Priority: major | Milestone: F13d: Follow-up
Component: other | Severity: not-urgent
Resolution: | Keywords:
Comment (by mchua):
We'd like a way to see what's coming down the RH PR queue that's Fedora-
related - not just the stuff we send Kara, but everything that's being
pushed, regardless of source. Robyn and I are following up and keeping the
Ticket URL: <https://fedorahosted.org/marketing-team/ticket/84#comment:8>
Marketing team for the Fedora project.
I've finally got hold of the person which is still working on linux.pt
and had a small chat with him.
Currently Linux.PT provides some minimalist information which isn't
actually accurate. I don't believe we should offer another site, instead
we could use a host like fedoraproject.linux.pt pointing to the /pt of
This would most likely be nicer to get people enrolled directly with
Fedora, and eventually like Paul said in the past, let the community
grow inside the international Fedora Community.
Anyway, please feel free to make suggestions on how the best way to
accomplish this according to Fedora guidelines.
My name is Akhilesh R Kumar and I live in Chennai, India. My Fedora
Account System (FAS) <https://admin.fedoraproject.org/accounts> username
is rakhilesh, and I am new to IRC and would like help getting started.
I learned about the Fedora Marketing team through the Fedora Project
site, and am interested in joining because I believe I can contribute to
a certain extant in promoting Open Source Software.
This is the first FOSS project I have worked on. I've worked in
Marketing in the past. Some of the projects I've worked on, or roles
I've had, include conducting National level and international
conferences where I played a leading role in the planning and event
management. I have also performed a Market Research for a Telecom firm
in order to improve the promotion of its products at the Retail level.
My skills, which I hope to utilize in Fedora Marketing, include:
* Marketing Skills -
Knowledge of marketing communication mix to promote
product, Experience in conducting Market research. I am currently
learning Marketing skills of managing a product and
developing a brand.
* Other Skills -
Event management skill, art-work design using GIMP.
* The learning which I am looking forward to is applying the
marketing techniques which I am learning as part of my course in a
When I'm not working on Fedora, I am pursuing Post Graduate Diploma in
Management Studies (Specialising in Marketing) at Loyola Institute of
Business Administration, Loyola College, Chennai.
A couple of goals I have for the Fedora Project are to position Fedora
as a product which is user friendly and promote Fedora in the local
market which is currently overwhelmed by Microsoft. I would also like to
see Fedora provide the users with a custom set of software which can be
chosen prior to downloading and installing it from the internet and user
created database of open source alternatives for some essential programs
happen in Fedora. In a Marketers perspective I would say perfecting on
our product so that other essentials of the Marketing mix can fall in
the right place.
I am wondering about the possibility of including simple tips on
installing software in Fedora at post installation which I find as a
major set back people have after installing Fedora for the first time.
That is basically about myself and I would really like to contribute to
the Fedora Project. Please help me get started!
Akhilesh R Kumar