Friday, November 09, 2007

[Fedora-Ambassadors] Fedora 8 Announcement

Fedora 8 Announcement

On this autumn period where the best fruits are ripe, it comes the
time to harvest the new Fedora release.

This new Fedora is named “Werewolf”, but fear not, as this release
will bring you all the safety and stability that you could dream of.
The main point of this new version is without any doubt SIMPLICITY.

After 5 months of intense work, and in order to provide you the latest
technologies, this new release will be for you as for us a major evolution.

The major new features are (among others):

Codeina :
Fedora by default does not provide non-Free codecs. This is sometime a
problem for the end users who had to install them on their own. Codeina
is created for this purpose, which is to help you to install the required
codecs to helps you to listen to your MP3 or watch your movies,
in a simple, legal way.

PulseAudio :
Fedora 8 includes the latest generation of sound server, PulseAudio.
PulseAudio offers you more control over your sound system, like
per-application volume control, output redirection and networked sound
server. This new technology also opened a gate to new functionalities
like automatic volume adjustments and other great and fun features.
PulseAudio: Compiz for your ears.

System-config-firewall & System-config-selinux :
Fedora 8 improved system-config-securitylevel by separating firewall and
selinux configuration utility and adding more functionalities into it. This
new interface is much more accessible for the new Fedora users. It is a very
intuitive interface thanks to its step by step configuration.

System-config-printer :
The printer configuration system has also been improved. The new
system-config-printer package will now create automatically the
printing queue, this was the step where so much users has failed on the past.

NetworkManager 0.7 :
NetworkManager have been entirely rewritten in order to satisfy
to the wired and wireless network, giving a higher speed of connection
and a better integration (thanks among other to the Dbus API and the WPA
for the wireless).

Better laptop support :
Thanks to the information returned by “smolt” the Fedora team has
improved the management of the Suspend to Ram and Suspend to Disk
system, and the recognition of the multimedia keys on the keyboard.

Package management :
Pirut (a GUI for yum, the package manager) has been updated in order to
meet the users' demand. It is now able to manage directly the
repositories from this GUI, simplifying a lot the work of new users.

Fedora 8's theme :
For each new Fedora release, a new theme is created. For Fedora 8, the
icons, the windows' border have also been changed to fit the theme. This
project is named “Nodoka”.
The desktop background is named “Infinity”. You could say, “yes, well it
is just a new desktop background”, but you are wrong. The "Infinity" background
uses a new XML based background animation feature. The background changes over
the day, from blue during sunrise, to a softer blue in the afternoon,
relaxing purple during sunset, and to a dark blue at night.

Virtualization :
Virtualization is an important technology of which more and more people
started using it. In this new release, Virtualization in Fedora has also
been improved. Libvirt is now capable of remote administration and it is
now more secure as a new library allow you to use SSL/TLS protocol to secure
your access. Another improvement is on the the graphical interface of virt-manager,
which is more user friendly while providing the latest functionalities.

IcedTea :
Fedora 8 strives to provide you 100% Free software for your usage. In this new release, Fedora
integrates IcedTea, which is an derivation from Sun's OpenJDK but without the proprietary bits.

FEL (Fedora Electronic Lab) :
This new Fedora spin is created by the "Embedded" Special Interest Group
of FedoraProject. This project try to bring as much
VLSI and other Electronic related tools into Fedora. Electronic enthusiast, lecturers,
and Electronic students are encouraged to try this out.

Eclipse 3.3 :
For the developers, we did not forget that the latest version of eclipse
3.3 is available for Fedora. This new version provides a lot of new
JDT : for Java development.
CDT : Editor, builder and debugger for C and C++.
Autotools : plugin for CDT to support autoconf, and automake (among others).
Mylyn : first interface that allows the developers to request the
Bugzilla's database.
PHPEclipse : plugin for PHP development of test.
Specfile editor : plugin for the SpecFiles for RPM creation.
PyDev : plugin for Python


To download this new release, visit page :

Interested to be a Fedora contributor?. Visit this page:

The Fedora ambassador, from the FedoraProject.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Red Hat Legal Speaks on Linking to 3rd Party Website/Repositories

A great announcement @ Fedora-Marketing-List today

More to read here :

Linking to "third party repositories": Legal says that we can link, from
the Fedora website, to third party repositories, so long as no one has
made a critical assessment to determine that a patent or patents cover
the technology in question and no party has actually asserted their
patents against the technology, we should be okay. Once we are on notice
of a claim of infringement or are aware of a competent assessment that
concludes infringement is likely, we would need to take the link down or
run a serious risk of facing a claim for inducing infringement. Merely
linking would be highly unlikely to subject us to a claim of direct
infringement. I asked about MP3, and it was stated that unless we are
specifically aware of the MP3 patent holders asserting a claim against
the technology, we are still okay.

This means that we can put a page up on the wiki,
which carefully explains that there is an optional addon repository
called Livna, which contains packages that for a variety of reasons, are
not included in the normal Fedora repositories. We should not specify
these reasons, and if someone asserted their patents against something
in Livna, we would need to take the page down. We can link to Livna
directly on this page. We cannot ship yum configs which enable Livna
(but Livna provides these, so we don't really need to).


HOWTO: Compiz Fusion in Fedora 8 'Werewolf'

Fedora 8 'Werewolf' is just around the corner HERE!!. Lets get this started!

This guide applies for Fedora 9 'Sulphur' too

CCSM should be in the updates repository already. If it havent, take it here ccsm-0.6.0-3.fc8.noarch.rpm

NOTE: This howto assumes that compiz is already able to run on you hardware. If not, you might google for howto for that first. For NVidia users, install the Livna repositories an yum for kmod-nvidia and reboot. For ATI users, if your card is older than Radeon 9600, it should work out-of-the-box, if not, you will need to wait until ATI releases a new driver for kernel 2.6.23 and yum for kmod-fglrx from Livna after it has been released. Intel user (like me) cheer to yourself as it works out-of-the-box.

Compiz & Compiz Fusion in Fedora 8

Fedora 8 includes Compiz 0.6.2 on its release. However, Compiz Fusion packages are not included together in the default installation due to several reasons (one of it was libcompizconfig, ccsm, compizconfig-python packages got approved quite late) . Nevertheless, Compiz Fusion components are all available in the repositories and you can install it easily (though some work had to be done manually if you want to configure compiz using CCSM and start it properly on boot)

Getting the core bits

First, you will need to get the compiz-fusion plugins installed in your computer. The packages can be acquired easily through YUM.

yum install compiz-fusion compiz-fusion-extras

If you are using GNOME and would want to use a desktop-specific tool to configure compiz, you might want to install the GConf schemas from the -gnome packages

yum install compiz-fusion-gnome compiz-fusion-extras-gnome

With those packages installed, you now basically have Compiz Fusion in your computer and you can use the plugins if you know how to enable them. Compiz in Fedora, however, uses 'glib gconf' as its configuration backend, therefore, if you want to enable the plugins, you will had to run gconf-editor and edit the plugins configurations manually there.

Installing & configuring Compiz to use Libcompizconfig

CCSM is an easy to use configurator for Compiz by the Compiz Fusion project. However, if you want to make use of CCSM, you will need to configure compiz to make use of Libcompizconfig configuration backend instead of the desktop-specific GConf backend.

First, install libcompizconfig, ccsm and the launcher for compiz called compiz-manager. Compiz-manager is a launcher for compiz which will load compiz with 'ccp' plugin if libcompizconfig is installed in a computer, and will load 'glib gconf' if its not.

yum install libcompizconfig ccsm compiz-manager

Now, start compiz using compiz-manager

Compiz is now ready to be use with CCSM. You can launch CCSM at System > Preferences > Look and Feel > CompizConfig Settings Manager.

Setting up compiz to run on startup

Add compiz-manager into your startup applications list. For GNOME users, System > Preferences > Personal > Sessions > Startup Programs.

P/s: Another method for GNOME is below, but i think this way is ugly and will require redo with every update of gnome-session package.

For GNOME users, first, enable compiz through the desktop-effects utility at System > Preferences > Look and Feel > Desktop Effects.

Then, edit /usr/bin/gnome-wm, scroll down until you find a line that looks like this


Change those two lines to



After you login back to your session, compiz is now loaded with 'ccp' at startup instead of 'glib gconf'. So you can use Compiz Fusion with ease.

For KDE users, I don't have any KDE installation around so I am not really sure what to do. Anyway, just add compiz-manager in the startup application list, and I believe that is enough to get it working.

Update: Fusion icon is now in Fedora repository,
yum install fusion-icon-gtk
yum install fusion-icon-qt
to get it

Update 2008/05/15: Another way to set compiz-fusion to start on boot
Just run this as user.
gconftool-2 --set --type string \
/apps/gnome-session/rh/window_manager \
"compiz --indirect-rendering ccp"


Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Fédora, 8th November, and Victorien Sardou

A fun stuff from Fedora-ambassadors-list today

8th November is the anniversary of the death of Victorien Sardou, a French dramatist of which one of his plays, Princess Fédora, is the origin of the name of Fedora hat.

Image from wikipedia

Another fun fact: Werewolf, the Fedora 8 release name, consist of 8 letters.

Fedora 8
- 8th November
--- Anniversary of the death of Victorien_Sardou
----- Writer of the play, Princess Fédora
- Werewolf
--- 8 letter release name

Sunday, November 04, 2007


Just got myself a MySpace account.

I'm not really a fond of Social Networking sites (except for LinkedIn and Mugshot) , but i'm curious bout the MySpace IM and what Mugshot offers for MySpace users. So, i simply created one account to play around with.

Profile Page:

Add me if you wish. Just msg me @ MySpace telling me how u get the link to my profile so that i dont treat it as spam ..
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