5 Fun things in Fedora 12 (Video)

I recently got a Kodak zi8 video recorder. It works great in Fedora 12 so I was inspired to create a 15-minute video highlighting five fun things in Fedora 12. Here’s what those things are – but be sure to watch the video for more information 🙂 : #1 Cheese #2 Mana World #3 Miro #4 Tablet Support #5 Agave These aren’t necessarily the best or top or even most fun five things in Fedora, just five things I thought were fun and would like to demonstrate. So watch the video (A transcript is available as well) and enjoy. 🙂 Part 1: Direct YouTube Link Part 2: Direct YouTube Link You can try out all the things I demonstrated in Fedora 12 yourself. Download Fedora 12 today – get.fedoraproject.org. (P.S. This video was edited in Fedora 12 using PiTiVi 🙂 )

Unpackaged Open Font of the Week: Chemist

Chemist is a handwriting-style font. One idea of a treatment that would work well with this font is using it for blockquotes in a print layout. The font was created by Cathy Davies as a memorial to her late father. Fedora Font Wishlist Entry: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/CDavies_Chemist_fonts Upstream Homepage: http://cathydavies.com/fonts.html So, you want to package Chemist? Sweet! You’re the bomb! You’ll want to follow the first steps here next to the ‘if you intend to do some packaging’ header: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Joining_the_Fonts_SIG Our fonts packaging policy, which the above refers to, is documented here: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Category:Fonts_packaging And if you have any questions throughout the process, don’t hesitate to ask on the Fedora Fonts SIG mailing list: https://admin.fedoraproject.org/mailman/listinfo/fonts. Last week’s font Last week’s font was Chunk Five by Meredith Mandel. Nobody has picked up the font package request yet! Would you like to?

Fedora Interaction Design Hackfest Summary

So we had a very productive interaction design hackfest today in #fedora-design: We interviewed folks from three of the defined stakeholders groups – Fedora Infrastructure, Fedora Spins, and Fedora Help Forums (myself and Ryan Lerch conducted these! Thanks to Toshio, Smooge, sdziallas, and nirik for letting us interview you!) We have two written summaries for one of the stakeholder interviews. We have scheduled plans for four other interviews (María is going to interview the marketing team, and James Mulroy is going to interview me for the Design team, Mel is going to take care of the Desktop and QA interviews.) The meeting logs are available if you’d like to check out what went on. We have 13 stakeholder interviews we need to do and only 6 are being worked on, so if you’d like to choose from the 7 left please do! Comment here to find out about how to get started 🙂 Mel and I were thinking it might be cool to do another hackfest on this stuff on the FUDBus next Friday. There will be quite a few stakeholders riding, and they will not be able to run from our questions while they are on the bus >:) …

Want to learn design skills? Want to help Fedora? Fedora Interaction Design Hackfest, Tuesday 24 Nov

Hopefully my post title has captured your attention. 🙂 I would like to let you know about a project starting up right now that is a great opportunity for you to: Learn about how interaction design is done. Pick up some interaction design and user research skills. Get involved in an open design project. Help make Fedora better! So the Fedora Board has started an initiative to create Fedora user profiles and personas to help inform decisions about Fedora policy and design in the future. Okay Mo, so first of all, what is a persona? From Wikipedia: Personas are fictional characters created to represent the different user types within a targeted demographic that might use a site or product. Personas are useful in considering the goals, desires, and limitations of the users in order to help to guide decisions about a product, such as features, interactions, and visual design. Personas are most often used as part of a user-centered design process for designing software and are also considered a part of interaction design (IxD), have been used in industrial design and more recently for online marketing purposes. A lot of discussion about personas is available on Cooper’s blog and is …

New Fedora Spins site with Fedora 12

With the release of Fedora 12 we’ve given the spins.fedoraproject.org a bit of a facelift. 🙂 (What did it look like before? Pre-facelift spins.fedoraproject.org.) I wanted to tell the tale of this redesign to show how we did it, together as a community, and also to give kudos to the many folks who pitched in and made it happen. Paul kicked off a discussion on fedora-advisory-board list back in July. The goal was to initiate a close examination and improvement of the Fedora download experience. The Fedora Board asked myself and Ricky Zhou to figure out what we could do the help the website towards this goal. Ricky and I met with the Board and we kicked off the redesign process at the end of July. I asked the Board to specify requirements for the redesign, mentioning who the target audience for the redesigned pages was, and who the target audience was not. Mel created a wiki project page to serve as a central place to store the documents and mockups related to the redesign project. The Board came up with the requirements and target audience information as requested and Paul wrote them up on the wiki. Paul was in …

Unpackaged Open Font of the Week: Chunk

Chunk is a fun slab serif decorative font that is useful for headlines and other creative treaments. The font was created by Meredith Mandel – check out Meredith’s Chunk type specimen poster for an idea of the type of treatments this font can shine in. Chunk is licensed under the Open Font License. Fedora Font Wishlist Entry: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/TLOMT_Chunk_fonts Upstream Homepage: http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/fonts/4-chunk So, you want to package Chunk? Fantastic! You rock! You’ll want to follow the first steps here next to the ‘if you intend to do some packaging’ header: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Joining_the_Fonts_SIG Our fonts packaging policy, which the above refers to, is documented here: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Category:Fonts_packaging And if you have any questions throughout the process, don’t hesitate to ask on the Fedora Fonts SIG mailing list: https://admin.fedoraproject.org/mailman/listinfo/fonts. Last week’s font Last week’s font was Comic Serif Pro by Hannes von Döhren. Nobody has picked up the font package request yet! Would you like to?

Gimp 2.7.0 x86_64 packages for Fedora 12

The lure of layer groups drove me to build F12 RPMs for Gimp 2.7.0 last night. However, I was not to get that new sparkly pink pony for my stable, as layer groups are not in 2.7.0. That being said, there’s still some interesting tweaks (one I noticed was brush filtering, another was a very nice cleanup of the save dialogs) so you may want to give these a shot to check up on Gimp’s progress. Use ’em at your own risk of course. I am no expert packager and in my desperate fervor for acquiring pink sparkle ponies, I resorted to some dirty tricks to make these build 🙂 http://duffy.fedorapeople.org/packages/f12/gimp-2.7.0/ THREE MORE DAYS!

Fedora 12 One-Page Release Notes PDF

We’ve [1] been working on a set of one-page release notes for Fedora 12, and now that those are set I took some time today to put them into a single PDF file. However, there are 3 pages…! So, for your event, you might like to print out two sets of release notes: Page 1 + Page 2 for desktop users, and Page 1 + Page 3 for system administrators and developers. Then allow folks to pick up either or both depending on their interest. Or, you can simply print out all three as one packet. Whatever you like. 🙂 [1] According to Fedora’s wiki history, the following people contributed to the page: Paul Frields, Máirín Duffy, Mel Chua, Nicu Buculei, Steven Moix, Sakis Asamaras, Charley Wang. In addition to those folks, David Aquilina provided a photo, and Caius Chance volunteered to model for another photo. Eric Sparks and the Fedora Documentation team came up with the concept. Thanks everyone! ZOMG I CAN’T STAND IT FOUR MORE DAYS!