Fedora Magazine http://fedoramagazine.org Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:47:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 F22 Beta, Flock, Linux 4.0, Fedora 23 (!), and Diversity — it’s 5tFTW for April 17th, 2015 http://fedoramagazine.org/5tftw-2015-04-17/ http://fedoramagazine.org/5tftw-2015-04-17/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:47:04 +0000 http://fedoramagazine.org/?p=8618 Continue Reading →]]> Fedora is a big project, and it’s hard to keep up with everything. This series highlights interesting happenings in five different areas every week. It isn’t comprehensive news coverage — just quick summaries with links to each. Here are the five things for April 17th, 2015:

Fedora 22 Beta is Go!

The Thursday before a planned Fedora release (whether alpha, beta, or final), we hold a meeting with key groups including engineering, quality assurance, and release engineering to decide if the release is “Go” or “No Go” — last week, it was the latter, but with the remaining blocker bugs ironed out, Fedora 22 beta is now Go. Expect to see it Tuesday morning!

Flock Conference Update

Flock (our big annual planning and development conference for contributors) will be held in Rochester, New York this August 12-15. Registration is open now, so if you haven’t already, please sign up. The conference is free and open to all, thanks to funding from our sponsors. Also, if you have something to share about Fedora development and ideas for our future, please submit a talk proposal. (We do have a limited budget available for travel for speakers in need of assistance.)

Fedora and Linux 4.0

The latest Linux kernel release has been getting a lot of hype in the press the last few days, primarily because of the big version number switch. (I know a lot of you are excited about it from the traffic and comments on our Fedora Magazine article on the topic earlier this week.) On his blog, Fedora Kernel team member Josh Boyer breaks down what this means for Fedora. In short, don’t get too excited over the version, as it’s just a number not really meant to signify any big change. That includes the “live patching” functionality, which, as Josh explains, is not a very useful fit for Fedora, since we update to the newest kernel release frequently.

Fedora 23 Already

I know Fedora 22 isn’t even out the door yet, but the calendar marches on. Jan Kurik (working with Fedora Program Manager Jaroslav Resnik) has put together a preliminary schedule proposal for Fedora 23 for FESCo (the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee) to review. This targets an October release, in keeping with our general plan to keep on a “Mother’s Day / Halloween” release cadence. Of particular note to Fedora developers, that means that the submission process for Fedora Changes opens this coming Tuesday, right after the F22 beta ships, with a deadline in about two months. So, if you have an idea that didn’t quite make F22, or a new one brewing, the window is open again.

Diversity Advisor Search Team

Last month, I announced our plan to form a search committee to help us find the right person for the Diversity Advisor role on the Fedora Council. I’m happy to say that we got substantial interest in participation and to announce the formation of the search team. See that message for details, and stay tuned for more updates as the group begins its search.

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Linux Kernel 4.0 available in Fedora 22 Alpha http://fedoramagazine.org/linux-kernel-4-0-available-in-fedora-22-alpha/ http://fedoramagazine.org/linux-kernel-4-0-available-in-fedora-22-alpha/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 03:26:13 +0000 http://fedoramagazine.org/?p=8605 Continue Reading →]]> Early this week, Linus released version 4.0 of the Linux Kernel. Now, this updated version of the Linux Kernel is available in the official Fedora repositories for users running the alpha release of Fedora 22.

To get the updated version of the kernel on your Fedora 22 machine, either update the system via the Software application (in Fedora Workstation), or using dnf update on the command line.

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Flock 2015 conference deadlines http://fedoramagazine.org/flock-to-fedora/ http://fedoramagazine.org/flock-to-fedora/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 21:26:19 +0000 http://fedoramagazine.org/?p=8597 Continue Reading →]]> Flock is the premier Fedora community conference for North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Flock will be held August 12-15 in Rochester, New York, USA.

Pre-registration is open for the conference. Attendance is free and open to all. To pre-register, visit this link and fill out the form. If you’ve already pre-registered but need to change something, you can edit your registration (requires login).

The call for papers is open until May 2, 2015. That’s only a few weeks away! You can submit your proposal through the website as well. There are a broad variety of categories for talks. Flock talks can be about technical, community building, user help… just about anything that touches Fedora. Be bold and creative!

Finally, Flock hotel registration is open until July 16. A block of rooms is available, but if you plan to attend, don’t wait — reserve now. There’s no cost to reserve the hotel, but the block fills up fast. So it’s a good idea to do it early and get in on the group rate.

Thanks to frequent contributor and Flock planning coordinator Ruth Suehle for her community announcement earlier today!

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Fedora 22 beta status, future of DNF and yum http://fedoramagazine.org/5tftw-2015-04-10/ http://fedoramagazine.org/5tftw-2015-04-10/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 16:33:24 +0000 http://fedoramagazine.org/?p=8577 Continue Reading →]]> Fedora is a big project, and it’s hard to keep up with everything. This series highlights interesting happenings in five different areas every week. It isn’t comprehensive news coverage — just quick summaries with links to each. Normally I do five things (hence the name), but with everyone heads-down working on the upcoming F22 release, I just have two short items this week:

F22 Beta pushed back one week

At yesterday’s Go/No-go meeting, engineering, release engineering, and quality assurance decided to push back the Fedora 22 beta release by one week.

Remember, although we strive to keep roughly to the initially-planned schedule (and in particular for this release aimed to stick to changes which are less likely to impact that schedule), we use a strategy which puts high priority on release readiness, and these “slips” are part of that plan, and while further slips are always possible, as of now we are still on schedule for a May final release.

DNF and Yum

You probably know that yum is the command-line tool used to install packages on Fedora.
DNF is a new implementation of basically the same thing, designed to replace the current yum code base. Fedora Engineering Steering Committee (FESCo) member Kevin Fenzi
posted an explanation to the devel mailing list — and a lot of discussion ensued. If you’re interested, take a look at least the initial message for the current plan, and if you are really interested, dig into the followups.

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Summer of Code, Flock registration, Fedora.next, and more http://fedoramagazine.org/5tftw-2015-04-03/ http://fedoramagazine.org/5tftw-2015-04-03/#comments Fri, 03 Apr 2015 15:59:55 +0000 http://fedoramagazine.org/?p=8491 Continue Reading →]]> Fedora is a big project, and it’s hard to keep up with everything. This series highlights interesting happenings in five different areas every week. It isn’t comprehensive news coverage — just quick summaries with links to each. Here are the five things for April 3rd, 2015:

Google Summer of Code update (mentors wanted!)

This year, we have almost 60 students with proposals to work on various parts of Fedora as part of the Google-sponsored Summer of Code 2015. This is clearly awesome. Unfortunately, we don’t have nearly that many mentors; if you’re interested in helping a student get involved with Fedora (and the world of open source at large!), please send a message to our summer-coding mailing list.

Flock 2015 registration is open

Last week, I mentioned that talk submissions and hotel reservations are open for Flock, our big annual planning and contributors’ conference. But I missed that pre-registration for the conference is also open! If you’re involved in making Fedora, or would like to be, please join us this August 12-15 in Rochester, NY. Visit the registration page and add your name and information!

Fedora 22 schedule update

Just a quick note: Fedora 22 continues to be on track as we move into the “freeze” phase for the beta release scheduled for two weeks from now. At this point, all of the accepted major changes should be complete and ready to test (leading to, of course, a perfect final release in May).

Awesome Fedora.next post from Paul Frields

Former FPL and current Fedora Engineering Manager Paul Frields wrote a great piece entitled Fedora Under Construction?. It gives a look at what’s going on with the “Fedora.next” ideas for the future of Fedora, including a look at some exciting, big ways we might put the distribution together differently over the course of the next few releases. Please join in the conversation and help us figure this out.

Update to package branch creation process

And finally, a quick note for Fedora packagers… while the process for getting a new package accepted into the distribution still has a lot of steps, the Fedora engineering team is working to automate many of the previously-manual steps, and Pierre-Yves Chibon (better known to many of us as pingou) announced an improvement to the process of creating a new branch — that is, a “home” for the package in a new Fedora version (or in Fedora EPEL, the Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux). That’s necessary when adding a completely new package, or when you want to expand your package’s availability.

So, for users, not a big deal, but if you’re a packager, one small improvement, and a change worth knowing about.

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Fedora conferences this summer, writing release notes, brainstorming a better onramp, and a GSOC reminder http://fedoramagazine.org/5tftw-2015-03-25/ http://fedoramagazine.org/5tftw-2015-03-25/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 20:31:03 +0000 http://fedoramagazine.org/?p=8343 Continue Reading →]]> Fedora is a big project, and it’s hard to keep up with everything. This series highlights interesting happenings in five different areas every week. It isn’t comprehensive news coverage — just quick summaries with links to each. Here are the five things for March 25th, 2015:

Join us at Flock (and book your hotel now)

Every year, we have a big planning and developers’ conference, Flock. It alternates between Europe and North America, and this time around will be at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York, from August 12th to 15th. Flock organizers just announced that hotel reservations are open, as are talk submission. If you’re an active contributor or are interested in becoming one, start planning your trip now!

Or, come to FUDCon in Pune, India

In addition to Flock, we also hold annual gatherings in the Asia/Pacific (APAC) and Latin America (LATAM) regions. These are FUDCons — Fedora User and Developer Conferences. This year’s APAC FUDCon will be held in Pune, India from June 26th to 28th.

Talk submissions for this conference are closed and the selection committee working on choosing the best from over 140 submissions. There will also be a BarCamp-style track, where sessions will be chosen by attendees at the conference.

A limited amount of money is available for travel subsidies. See the FUDCon planning wiki for details.

Help with the F22 release notes

Fedora 22 is almost at the beta stage, with the final release slated for May. That means it’s time to start writing the release notes, and Fedora Documentation Project Lead Pete Travis put out a call for volunteers on the Fedora Join List. As Pete notes, this is a great, low-barrier way to get involved in Fedora — you don’t need a lot of prior knowledge, just a little bit of interest in some piece of software we include.

A more friendly ‘net presence for Fedora

This morning, Máirín Duffy led a brainstorming session on the topic of enabling new contributors, with the eventual goal of developing a modern Web interface to all aspects of the project for contributors, both new and already deeply involved. Mo wrote a great summary blog post afterward, and I highly recommend reading it if you’re interested in bringing more contributors to Fedora — or just improving your own workflows and interactions.

Google Summer of Code

And finally, a reminder that Fedora is participating in the Google Summer of Code. The application deadline is March 27 at 19:00 UTC; please check out Fedora’s GSOC 2015 page if you’re interested in being involved.

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LibreOffice online announced by Collabora http://fedoramagazine.org/libreoffice-online-announced-by-collabora/ http://fedoramagazine.org/libreoffice-online-announced-by-collabora/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:21:36 +0000 http://fedoramagazine.org/?p=8337 Collabora just announced that they are working on LibreOffice online, an online document editing application that will provide an Open Source alternative to Google Docs and Office 365. Collabora — a leading contributor to the LibreOffice upstream — is teaming up with collaboration software provider IceWarp to work on this much needed addition to the LibreOffice suite.

The work that Collabora and IceWarp intend to complete will build on the online rendering engine that the LibreOffice community started development on in 2011, and the two companies intend to collaborate closely with the upstream LibreOffice project:

IceWarp and Collabora will work alongside over a thousand existing LibreOffice contributors to implement the whole online editing portion of the software, including the server-side provided by LibreOffice, and the client front-end based on HTML5 technology. The result will be a fully mature server solution, which any other provider, individual or project in the community can utilize for their applications and services

It seems it is early days for this promising project, but you can view this sneak peak of LibreOffice Online in action in this short screencast:

For full details on the announcement, check out the press release from Collabora.

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Managing your finances with GNUCash http://fedoramagazine.org/managing-finances-gnucash/ http://fedoramagazine.org/managing-finances-gnucash/#comments Sun, 22 Mar 2015 18:49:34 +0000 http://fedoramagazine.org/?p=8263 Continue Reading →]]> Managing one’s finances is an unavoidable chore in life. You will need to employ it sooner or later — the sooner you try it, the better. Luckily, there is a great open source tool available for all your budgeting needs – GNUCash. It is available in Fedora’s repositories. You can install it using Gnome Software or through the command line.

sudo yum install gnucash

GNUCash includes a “New accounts wizard” that helps users pick what they need. It even boasts a list of common accounts to help you get started:


If you are looking for something more complicated, such as loans or investments, you can track them using GNUCash as well. It is full of useful features.

Maintaining your accounts requires some knowledge of the double ledger system. If you have not taken a finance related course, or have forgotten how the system worked, the GNUCash documentation provides an excellent starting point. “The Basics” is a chapter you’d probably like to read. Once you get the gist, it becomes simple:

  • the money you earn is credited to your Assets – your Current Account or Savings Account (wherever your earnings are deposited).
  • the money you spend is debited from the required assets account and credited to the Expense account - Expenses:Dining, or Expenses:Groceries for example.

As an example, this is what my somewhat depressing “Cash in wallet” panel looks like:

GNUCash is feature-rich, allowing you to…

  • Schedule future transactions – such as the rent or car insurance premium
  • Generate reports, graphs, allowing you to analyse where you spend your money and if you need to cut back
  • Import statements from your banks to reconcile and check if your budgeting is correct
  • …and much more

Some might feel using software for budgeting is overkill, but if we use software for calendars, todo lists, recipes,  and even reminders, why not use one for budgeting too? Give it a try and let the GNUCash developers know what you think!

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How to get Emoji to display on Fedora http://fedoramagazine.org/how-to-get-emoji-to-display-on-fedora/ http://fedoramagazine.org/how-to-get-emoji-to-display-on-fedora/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 16:40:54 +0000 http://fedoramagazine.org/?p=5297 Continue Reading →]]> Emoji, the cute Ideograms that are now part of Unicode are now used fairly widely in messaging, especially on mobile devices. However, if you receive a message from someone with an Emoji on it, or view a page online what uses Emoji, the majority OF Emoji appear as a Unicode fallback symbol:

emoji _on_wikipedia

Unicode fallback symbols when no emoji font is installed

Getting Emoji to display

Thankfully, it is pretty easy to get Emoji to display everywhere on Fedora by just installing the Symbola font. This font is packaged in the official Fedora repos, and can be found in Software by searching for Symbola. Alternatively, you can install this package from the command line with:

sudo yum install gdouros-symbola-fonts

Colour Emoji

After installing the Symbola font, you will quickly notice that your Emoji will display as monochrome icons rather than the coloured versions available on most mobile devices. Colour Emoji are currently not available in Fedora, but the GNOME upstream has a design page briefly outlining the feature, including some initial designs for the colour Emoji themselves. There is also the beautiful set of CC-BY-SA Emoji from EmojiOne, which could also be an option in the future when support for coloured fonts is implemented in Linux.

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Maria Leandro: How do you Fedora? http://fedoramagazine.org/maria-leandro-how-do-you-fedora/ http://fedoramagazine.org/maria-leandro-how-do-you-fedora/#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 16:49:19 +0000 http://fedoramagazine.org/?p=8090 We recently interviewed Fedora user Maria Leandro on how she uses Fedora.  This is part of a series here on the Fedora Magazine where we will profile Fedora users and how they use Fedora to get things done. If you are interested in being interviewed for a further installment of this series you can contact us on the feedback form.

Who are you?

I’m Maria Leandro, known also as Tatica and I work as a photographer on my own business, Tap.Pics. I work exclusively with Open Source tools, which has made my life quite interesting. I started with Linux back in 2005 and since then, I have never felt the need of change my OS. It started (like many other people), at college, and it became part of my personal and professional life.  All my works have been related directly to Open Source technologies, including teaching and organizing events.

I started using Fedora in 2006, and still use Fedora as my base OS. I joined the community a bit later in 2008 and Fedora became a family to me. I have contributed with Design and Marketing, and have organized some events to attract more contributors.

What Hardware?

As a designer and photographer you always want more, so I usually work on my  Lenovo Thinkpad x201 Tablet (i7, 6gb RAM and a Wacom prenabled) running Fedora 20 (yes, I haven’t upgraded it yet) and using Fluxbox; but I swich from time to time to a couple of other systems: an AMD A8-5600K 3.6GHz Quad-Core and an MSI FM2-A75MA-E35 Micro ATX FM2 Motherboard, 8GB DDR3 RAM (our Frankenstein) that do have the latest Fedora release installed. I work using 2 LG 21″ screens, but recently got an 42″LG TV that I will be using to make sure I see every pixel.

When you work with design and photography, biggest issue is space; so I use a ZyXEL NAS with 2 2tb HDDs to save data; however, I assume it will run short sooner than expected.

My photographic gear holds a Canon 1000D (Kiss Rebel) and a Canon 60D, and I use both for every photoshoot to it makes easier to shoot with two lenses without changing them out. I use a couple of Canon 50mm 1.8 lens, a Sigma 70-300mm, a Tamrom 28-80mm, a Canon 35-80, a Canon 18-55mm and an Opteka 6.5mm, which I love. Aditional to this I have aquired some lighting equipment to start building my own studio. However, I have been using them more on the move when I go to weddings and photoshoots.

The lighting equipment has an 80cm portable Soft-Box with two 5000K 50W lights, also a full Cowboy Studio with 3 160W Strobe, 3 tripods, 2 80cm softboxes, an umbrella and several backgrounds; as well for extra lighting I also have a couple of simple home lights, 2 Bayco SL-1002 Halogen lights, a regular and a macro ring led lights, 2 80cm bouncers (5 colors), 1 60cm bouncer (2 colors) and a Canon Speedlight 580EX. When outdoors I have an extra Look tripod, more strong to work with wind, and the most recent baby to this family is a cheap Roxant Stabilizer.

What Software?

It’s always a long list, but I will try to make it short and focus on what I use on daily basis. I like to use Fluxbox as my Window Manager since it allows me to not waste resources and keep me focused on work. I even use it without a background; despite working on Fedora backgrounds with the Fedora Design Team. I use both Chrome and Firefox since I check how my websites look on both of them. I use the XChat IRC client to keep online with the community and Hotot to stay tuned to Twitter.


RAW photo tool Darktable on Fedora



I keep always a terminal open just in case I need to kill something, and use Nautilus as my file manager. When comes to photography, I use Darktable to organize and develop my RAW images. I always shoot on RAW so Darktable has proven to be a fast/easy/powerful tool to work with. I use Gimp mostly to fix details; sometimes skin imperfections or simply make some photo-magic that comes to my mind. When comes to Vectors, Inkscape is my first choice, it allows me to create my clients branding (from logos to full websites) and it comes handy to create presentations, icons and much more.


When comes to video/audio I work with Kdenlive and Audacity, I have tried Cinelera, OpenShot, Pitivi and many more, however, Kdenlive is probably the only tool that never crash on me when I add 20 clips of 5sec and 200Mb each one, its easy to add transitions, effects, music and more. I’m not an expert on audio editing, so Audacity makes it quite easy to me, I use it mostly to edit the audio for my wedding videos.

I like to experiment and try every single graphic app that is available, so it’s not weird to see me working on Blender to render some logos or even do some interior design demos, Scribus to publish some magazines for some clients, Tupi to create animations to include on my photoshoots videos or even SlomoVideo, which I’m new at, trying to make slowmotion videos of my dog.

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