A very positive article about both GNOME 3.0 and Fedora 15
Because this release was so focused on GNOME 3, it was hard to even
really notice Fedora 15 in the background. That says a lot about where
Fedora is heading. The OS, underlying the desktop, was about as solid an
alpha release as I have ever laid fingers on. And running from the live
CD was incredible--if someone were to sit at this computer (the very PC
I am writing this article on) and begin using the desktop, they would
never know they were using a Live CD.
*Give it a go*
I realize that many of you look down on Fedora for one reason or
another. But this testing release should not go unnoticed by the IT
public. The GNOME 3 testing release of Fedora 15 is crucial to the
growth of both Fedora and GNOME. This release will go a very long way in
the testing of what will soon become the default desktop for many Linux
distributions (for a very long time). So please, do your fellow Linux
community members a favor...test this release and submit bug reports.
Your help will be much appreciated and long remembered."
Missing out systemd
"Fedora boasts a pretty “enterprisey” software set. You’re more likely
to find a fancy new virtualization program than a 3D shooter here.
That’s not to say it’s inappropriate for desktop use, quite the
opposite, but expect to find some applications that might not be of much
interest to a casual PC user. Still, for those who do like to know, you
can expect to find:
* LibreOffice, a “freer” fork of OpenOffice
* BoxGrinder, a virtual appliance utility
* Robotics Suite, a set of tools for robot enthusiasts
* Sugar, a specialized desktop environment for education
* Dynamic Firewall, a way to interactively manage your system firewall
* Gnome 3, of course"
Article by Red Hat SELinux engineer, Dan Walsh
"One of the things I have wanted to do with SELinux for years is figure
out a way to make SELinux and iptables work together, but each time I
looked at it, my use cases became too complicated. James Morris and Paul
Moore worked on a tool called Secmark way back in the Red Hat Enterprise
Linux (RHEL) 5 time frame. My simple implementation of Secmark is to use
iptables rules to define labels on packets as they flow within an
"Other than these issues, the PC is running great and in fact they
immediately noticed a significant speed increase in running their
applications. I was surprised that still some tweaks were needed, but
when dealing with proprietary hardware/software, we will continue to see
these types of problems. My best advice is to direct new users to the
Fedora Forums which are very understanding for new users."
"The Systemd configuration management technology was available as a
technology preview in Fedora 14, but now replaces Upstart and SystemV
init as the default initialization system. Systemd is claimed to speed
boot-time as well as to provide on-demand loading and unloading of
services. Touted Systemd features include system state snapshoting, as
well as the ability to track processes, daemons, and sockets.
In the Lovelock alpha, a dozen desktop daemons have been converted to
use Systemd service files, while a small number of programs have been
patched to take advantage of it, says the Fedora project. Systemd is
said to be compatible with legacy SysV init script
For those Fedora users with their heads in the cloud, one of the more
interesting additions is BoxGrinder, touted as "an easy to use command
line tool to create appliances (virtual images) from simple plaintext
application files." BoxGrinder is available for platforms including KVM,
Xen, VMware, and EC2, says the project"
"The most important remark for Gnome 3 came from a non-techie. A user
who doesn't much care about kernels and mutters; someone who uses
computer to do her job. My wife was sitting right behind me when the
machine booted. "Wow...what's that!" I heard someone from behind. I
turned and found her looking at my machine. "Is it a new OS? It looks cool!"
I was amazed. As a regular user I was a bit upset with Gnome 3 fearing
it will break my usage pattern and here was an ordinary user who was
impressed by the new design and approach"
"I love the design, look and feel of Gnome 3. I am worried about is how
is it going to affect my productivity, but I don't want to be too
negative before I see the final product. It may just be the status-quo
factor bugging me. I don't know. I may end up loving it, the way I love
(crosspost: I hope everyone here isn't too upset to possibly get this
As you probably know, I've been hanging around Fedora for a few years
now. I helped improve the events that Fedora attends by creating the
Fedora EventBox. It's been going really well, but this week, I saw a
big improvement because of just a few people at SxSW. I would like to
thank Mo, Emily, Spot, Jared and anyone else who helped make the booth
If you haven't seen the booth, that's okay, but here's a few pictures
of what is going on:
http://ping.fm/roiOI - (Guy Kawasaki and Tux)
(another attendee with Tux)
All of these and others can be found at
In our Fedora Ambassadors North America (FAmNA) meeting tonight, I
followed-up a short email by Max, asking about what thoughts others
had and improvements could be made to make this a regular thing at our
events throughout Fedora. I came up with a few things about how we
could improve it and make it feasible for North America. I'm sure
there are ideas for other regions as well, so feel free to join in the
Now, the reason I figured marketing and design should be involved is
that they have a large say in how things are designed and how we tell
people why Fedora's important. I think there's an opportunity here
for better collaboration too, so please, please, please, feel free to
improve upon the ideas I'm going to propose.
First off, the photobooth idea is amazing. I'd like to say that we
should be doing something similar at every event, encouraging people
to get their pic taken at our booth. But making someone where a
costume for 2-3 days could be challenging. So I propose we build a
portable photo board to include in Event Boxen. Probably of
something more goofy, I actually thought the Beefy Miracle would be
a good choice, since it's easy to come up with.
In addition, one would need a web cam and a dedicated laptop to take
the pictures and upload them. This should be an easy to-do. Having a
web cam could prove invaluable for other things as well, like doing
Logistically, this could be a bit challenging when you have only an
8'x8' space, but this can be handled pretty easily. One way is to
move the table and chairs to one side and stand in the booth, or sit
behind (tightly) the table and work from there. The other half of the
booth could easily be used to take pictures and show off our cool
But there's more we can do with this, and that's where I think the
value lies. For one, it is cool that each participant get's a nice
little card printed right there with a QR code so they can go retrieve
it. But it would also be nice to let them share their photos on
social networking sites like Facebook, identi.ca, foursquare, twitter,
etc. I can also see gaining contributors from this concept, in that
they are now 'part' of Fedora's legacy. Maybe having them show up on
the FedoraProject front page when an event is happening? I seriously
think that this is stuff that everyone in Fedora would love.
Anyway, I'm sure I have more ideas, but I hope some of you can help
with more great ideas that I know I won't. Please help us build a
better booth and better Fedora presence at events all over the world!
PS - Vote for beefy miracle as the F16 code name. That's my pitch, and
I'm sticking to it!
1 - http://familyfun.go.com/crafts/photo-board-667243/
2 - http://beefymiracle.org/