Zomg EtherPad

So my friend Corey told me about how Google recently bought a company called AppJet who makes this sweet online shared notepad called EtherPad. Google went ahead and released EtherPad under an Apache 2.0 license. Sweet; thanks Google! I could see Gobby hooking into EtherPad – could you? Enjoy some screenshots – and I apologize for being so short with this post; I am a busy bee today finishing things up before I leave for the holidays tomorrow. Main Document Window Document Versions Timeline You can play forward through versions…. so sweet…. I so wish MediaWiki had this! Import/Export Options Would be super sweet if you could import a MediaWiki page then export it back out from where you got it. Or at least export in MediaWiki format. Document Revision History What do you think? Could this app be useful for Fedora?

Unpackaged Open Font of the Week: Blackout

Blackout is a decorative typeface that uses filled-in sans-serif lettering with a little bit of a grungy feel. Tyler Finck developed the font for his homepage / portfolio which is also a great example treatment of the typeface. It’s a bold and attention-grabbing typeface but it also has some attitude, so you could use it on posters to get people’s attention from far away, or you could also use it in limited doses around any kind of composition for a little bit of spice. 🙂 Blackout and is licensed under the Open Font License. Fedora Font Wishlist Entry:http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/TLOMT_Blackout_fonts Upstream Homepage: http://www.theleagueofmoveabletype.com/fonts/5-blackout So, you want to package Blackout? Schweeeeet! You’re rad! 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 Selfism by Jan Sonntag. Nobody has picked up the font package request yet! Would you like to? And on that note: Now people. Let’s be frank here. This is …

Unpackaged Open Font of the Week: Selfism

Selfism is a decorative typeface that mimics the look of an electronic display (like an LED clock.) It has both a regular and a bold weight. Selfism’s homepage has an interesting type treatment – in general I think Selfism, as a decorative font, can be used to provide a retro technologically-savvy feel to non-essential text in a print layout or webpage. You could also use it in an artistic type treatment of course. Actually, to be honest, you could use it to give text a shopping receipt look… Selfism was designed by Jan Sonntag and is licensed under the Open Font License. Selfism has some coverage beyond basic Latin – the Latin Supplementary coverage is quite good but the extended Latin coverage is poor. Fedora Font Wishlist Entry: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Sonntag_Selfism_fonts Upstream Homepage: http://www.sonntag.nl/seiten/free/selfism/selfism.htm So, you want to package Selfism? Gee whiz! You’re fantastic! 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 …

FUDcon Toronto 2009 (Part 2)

These photos are from 6 December at the Toronto FUDcon this past weekend. After a full day of hackfests, folks started heading out for dinner. A few folks still lingered around having hallway discussions, hacking, and Remy DeCausemaker even did interviews of various contributors (look forward to those getting posted soon!): A group of us came back to the hackfest area at Seneca College after dinner to enjoy the more-reliable-than-the-hotel internet and play life-size Nethack – some of the projects we worked on: Diana Martin worked on replacing Ubuntu on her netbook with Fedora 12 Clint Savage worked on pulsecaster – maybe he can fill in the details but I know he borrowed my USB webcam to test streams for it. 🙂 Luya Tshimbalanga worked on putting together the Fedora 13 artwork process wiki page to kick things off (please submit your sketches and ideas – now is the time!!!!) We hopped on the bus to go back to the hotel and chill out in the Hospitality Suite ^W^W hotel hack lounge. More photos and summaries of the event to come. I’m also going to do a blog post for each of the sessions I gave at the barcamp on …

FUDcon Toronto 2009 (Part 1)

Sorry that I haven’t been able to post regular updates – FUDcon Toronto has been a whirlwind of great discussions and a whole lot of fun! Actually we are still on campus at Seneca College right now hacking up a storm and having fun. We had a very impressive Net ‘hackfest’. I also talked a lot with Ben Boeckel and Rob Escriva who are RPI students (I am an almunae of RPI) :). They work with the RPI Center for Open Source Software and have convinced me I need to make a trip out to campus and help them get the word out about Fedora (and maybe bring some bling 🙂 ). Earlier today I had the Fedora portable usability lab set up in room D and I ran through 4 usability tests of Fedora Community with Fedora package maintainers here. I was really excited to chat with Ben Konrath who is working on Caribou which is an on-screen keyboard to help make GNOME more accessible – he is going to be conducting some usability tests as part of his work and I showed him the process I’ve been following with the Fedora usability kit and Fedora Community usability tests …

Unpackaged Open Font of the Week: Cyklop

Cyklop is a high-contrast sans-serif font. Because this font is so bold and has such high contrast, it would work well in treatments where you would like to call attention to some particular piece of information. For example, if you were designing a poster to hang up on a bulletin board and wanted to catch the attention of passers by – try using Cyklop with a catchy phrase in a large point size on the page. Thanks goes to Janusz Marian Nowacki for creating the font from the historical typeface design – the typeface was designed in the 1920s – “at the workshop of Warsaw type foundry “Odlewnia Czcionek J. Idzkowski i S-ka” according to the upstream homepage. I do get a 1920’s vibe from it, but it also kind of reminds me of a retro view of the future (thus the ‘outer space!’ type sample I came up with. 🙂 ) Hopefully this isn’t too terrible an abuse of the typeface. Many of you have asked for some notes on the font coverage in these posts. Cyklop has some coverage beyond basic Latin – the Latin Supplementary coverage is quite good and the the Latin Extended A coverage is …