"The most notable of the Fedora 15 features is the move to GNOME 3.
GNOME 3 was met with mixed reactions and this is another reason to look
forward to Fedora 15 reviews. Some of the other features include KDE
4.6.x, Xfce 4.8, GCC 4.6, a change to LibreOffice, removal of Setuid
apps, improved SPICE support, /var/run and /var/lock mounted as tmpfs,
and systemd. Fedora 15 is due May 24."
Red Hat News Blog
Spotlight Feature: Building Appliances for the Cloud with Fedora 15
By Fedora Team
Fedora 15 is just around the corner, and as with previous Fedora
releases, we'll be taking a closer look at some of the new features as
we approach Fedora 15's release day. First up: BoxGrinder
<http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/BoxGrinder>. BoxGrinder comes to
Fedora from our friends in the JBoss Community <http://www.jboss.org/>,
and we're thrilled to be working with them!
BoxGrinder is a set of tools for making appliances, typically used in
virtualized environments, or for use in a cloud environment. In a
nutshell, it "grinds" out a preconfigured disk image, including the
operating system and required software, ready for deployment - and can
even deliver the appliance to a targeted location.
There are a few "subprojects" which make up BoxGrinder. BoxGrinder Build
is a command-line tool, which is responsible for actually building the
appliances. BoxGrinder REST is a server with a farm of builder nodes --
when building the appliance, build tasks are distributed to nodes where
BoxGrinder Build is used to build the appliance. The resulting appliance
is then transferred to a configured destination. And if command-line
isn't your cup of tea, BoxGrinder Studio provides a web front-end to
BoxGrinder Rest to facilitate a user-friendly, graphical user interface
One of the best features of BoxGrinder is its flexibility in appliance
locations, operating system support, and virtualization platforms.
Created appliances can be sent to a variety of location types, such as a
remote SFTP server or Amazon EC2. It currently supports Red Hat
Enterprise Linux, Fedora, and CentOS, and multitude of platforms
including KVM/Xen, VMWare, VirtualBox, and EC2. A number of public cloud
providers are supported as well, and the list is rapidly growing
The simple appliance definition concept is great for sysadmins,
particularly for those interested in repeatable deployments. "...having
a simple appliance definition makes it possible to build the appliance
in a repeatable fashion later. Or you can just rebuild the appliance for
a different platform or deliver it to a different location. It's up to
you how you want to use BoxGrinder's features," says Marek Goldmann, the
BoxGrinder project leader and senior software engineer at Red Hat.
"BoxGrinder helps you create the appliances with the software you want
and configure it in the way you want. BoxGrinder saves you time. You
don't need to install the operating system and configure all of your
stuff afterward manually - BoxGrinder does this for you."
True to its open-source roots, BoxGrinder has a growing community, with
responsive maintainers always looking to lend a hand. It was designed
with a plugin architecture, so adding features like a new operating
system, platform, or delivery method is easy to do -- and your tips can
be shared right back with the community. The BoxGrinder community page
<http://boxgrinder.org/community/> has all of the information to get you
started with engaging the community.
Want to read more? Check out the Fedora team's interview with Marek
Goldmann about BoxGrinder here
<https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/BoxGrinder_in_F15>. You can also hop
over to the BoxGrinder webpage <http://boxgrinder.org/> to take a look
at the project's latest news, and get more details on usage.
Try out BoxGrinder now! Download the Fedora 15 Beta here
<http://fedoraproject.org/get-prerelease?anF15b>, and keep an eye out
for the release of Fedora 15 in just a few days.
Mike Bonnet pointed this out to me this weekend:
This site has gorgeous interactive maps of the stars, and was created
using Fedora and the Gimp.
An interview with Nick Risinger, who created the site, might make for a
great Fedora case study / could even be posted on the user interviews
section of www.fedoraproject.org.
Just a quick marketing idea!
I noticed this morning that the final announcement page is blank:
The previous release's final announcement page is found here:
I mentioned this on IRC and Rahul Sundaram said he would work on the
F15 final announcement.
In recent releases (since F12 or F13) we've tried to keep the final
announcement basically in sync with the text provided to Red Hat's
corporate communications staff for the official press release they
send on release day. Adam Williamson had brought this excellent idea
to Marketing some time ago from his Mandriva experience and we adopted
it as well. :-)
Jared should make sure those two texts are properly aligned -- usually
there's a lag of about one business day, so Red Hat Legal can check
and approve outgoing PR text. So I encourage you guys to collaborate
on the output to maintain that alignment.
Paul W. Frields http://paul.frields.org/
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I am Buddhika Kurera (User:Bckurera), from Fedora Ambassadors group and
would like to work with Fedora Marketing as well.
I am from APAC and my wish is to make popular Fedora among my region.
That is the main reason to join with Marketing.
Lets do it. See you all soon.
Buddhike Chandradeepa Kurera
"Fedora now enjoys a bleeding edge implementation of the GNOME Shell,
which, on top of all the great changes coming with Fedora 15, sets the
stage for a very successful release. After testing Ubuntu 11.04 and
Fedora 15 intensively in the last few days, I have come to appreciate
the latter more and more. While Ubuntu developers have done an
incredible job getting Unity (somewhat) ready in just a few months, it
still feels immature. In addition, probably as a result of all that
frantic development for Unity, Natty Narwhal is one of the less stable
Ubuntu releases I remember. Fedora 15, on the other hand, is
surprisingly stable for a Beta release.y choice (at least until Unity
grows mature enough) is pretty by clear now after getting to grips with
Fedora in the past few weeks. It's a no brainer, really, as I now enjoy
the best possible GNOME Shell implementation... and can't say I miss a
thing from Ubuntu!"
"I was much more impressed with the new Fedora than I expected. I think
that it’s an excellent distribution, and although it won’t replace Linux
Mint for my own day to day use, I definitely can see its appeal. If you
like Fedora, or if you haven’t used it but favor the more open-source
focused distros, give this a chance"
Hello everyone. My name is Victor (my user in fedora is mondaza) and I live in Spain. Although I have little time using fedora, but I liked it. I decided early on to help in the project because I see that in Spain is forgotten, unlike other distros like ubuntu.
Although I am not a technician in the field, I have many illusions. I would like to start promoting with the basics, people closer and to use popular tools like social networks, especially twitter. I also would like to start a basic blog for beginners, I did not find too many.
Greetings and we will continue reading.