Gnote replaces Tomboy for Fedora 12

A while back when I saw Hub announcing Gnote on April first, it just seemed like one of those jokes but with a predictable weekly release schedule, this application has now improved in leaps and bounds. One of the great things of being involved in Fedora is that you can watch applications and technologies grow from a nascent immature but promising state to something that everybody is in awe about. Gnote is no different. When I first imported Gnote 0.1 into Fedora, it did the basics but had no plugins, no documentation and crashed now and then. Since then, almost every Wednesday there is a new release with a Fedora build that I pushed in soon after. While there is still some room for improvements, Gnote now is in a fairly good shape. I use it on a day to day basis to jot down thoughts for the day and some quick notes and it is working remarkably well.

It is great to see that Gnote will be the default for Fedora 12 replacing Tomboy including in the Live CD which hasn't had a note taking app by default for the past couple of releases. Thanks to Hub for dealing with my bug reports and fixing them quickly. I have added some release notes for Fedora 12 Alpha release ahead of time. Btw, Fedora 11 is shaping up to be a good release. Have a blast.

fedorareloaded reloaded

I didn't realize that the Fedora podcast called Fedora reloaded has been restarted by a new group of (rather young?) folks who have already published three podcasts. Other than the initial annoying music, it is pretty interesting and newbie friendly. Take a look and offer your feedback.
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Before the moon rises

David Nielsen, before you get all excited, you might want to read this. "It's true that, under the terms of our agreements with Microsoft, only SUSE Linux Enterprise will be able to bundle Moonlight into the distribution." I hope that we aren't struck with more patent encumbered software issues now.
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The pragmatic extremists

Fedora as a project is well known today for having a strong Free software philosophy and a push for upstream that results in remarkable amount of innovation. We have upstream projects who love us for what we are and recognize the great strides we have made in the community.

My passion for Free and open source has only been strengthened and solidified since I started participating in this community during the early days, a couple of months after it was formed and I have learned a lot, got a job working with and on things I enjoy. It is a remarkable and wonderful journey. In all these years, it is surprising to look back at that email I wrote and not wonder if my ideas really has changed at all.I think, maybe not.

One of those every lasting ideas that has always stayed with me is a strong commitment to our underlying principles. After making great strides with focusing our free and open source licensing guidelines and policies and continuously doing extensive internals reviews to make sure we are compliant with our own guidelines, I started regularly discussing with FSF, especially RMS and Brett Smith about what we are doing with Fedora. What was most striking in these discussions was that FSF and RMS in particular who was well known in the community for having such adamant and extreme focus on the Free software philosophy turned out to have other not so well known traits too. They were all that and more such as RMS insistence on using just the right words but I also found something quite unexpected hidden beneath the ideology: Pragmatism. If you notice carefully, it is reflected everywhere in their actions as Alan Cox eloquently observed.

I have been spending the last couple of weeks talking to them about clarifying where exactly they are drawing the lines on what constitutes a free system beyond just software and today, FSF just again proved to be quite reasonable by publishing the free system distribution guidelines based on the Fedora licensing guidelines. While I just send my detailed list of feedback on these guidelines and we are not done just yet, I hope this proves to be a useful document to everyone involved and all hail the pragmatic extremists for that. The world is just better off with them in it despite all their own quirks.
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Fedora 9 Xfce Spin: An update

A lot of my time last week was spend in spinning and respinning and testing the changes for the Fedora 9 Xfce Spin. As promised earlier, my new progress report has been published.

I am happily running rawhide on my main laptop for the last couple of months and the progress has been quite good. I am especially contend with the postive feedback cycle on all the issues reported and fixed with PackageKit.

Fedora 9 is going to be out fairly soon now. Very cool.

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Improving Fedora 9 Xfce spin

There are a number of changes being considered for the Xfce spin (Live CD) for Fedora 9. I have filed a few bugs and there has been progress in fixing some of the issues in rawhide. Everything I am evaluating and keeping track of is available at:

If you have any comments on any of these ideas, feel free to edit the wiki or post your comments here. I can't promise everything you suggest will be implemented but I will promise that everything that is suggested will be carefully considered.

Announcing Fedora 8 Xfce Spin

As promised earlier, the Xfce Spin of Fedora 8 is now available. Live CD's are available now for x86 and x86_64 architecture. I fine tuned the package list to fit into a CD even for x86_64 architecture unlike the other live images. We need to test PPC live cd a bit more and that is likely to follow after sometime. Meanwhile, I appreciate any feedback you might have on this.

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