Get juiced with Pulp!

There’s a fairly new free software (GPLv2) project you might be interested in. As Jason Dobies mentioned, it’s nice and juicy. It’s called Pulp and it essentially makes managing software and updates on multiple systems a much simpler, less time-intensive task. Pulp is aimed at folks who manage many systems, whether they are desktops, servers, or a mix. It serves as a single centralized repository of all of the software & updates you’d like to serve to those systems. For example, you can: Create mirrors of remote software repositories, routing systems on your network to your local mirror to save time & bandwidth, Not worry about keeping the mirrors updated, as they regularly check for updates on the remote repos and sync up, Create new repositories of your own custom content on the same central system alongside your mirrored content, Define maintenance windows for software updates to occur on your systems, Easily organize systems into groups of systems, Push security fixes out to systems in one command. The Pulp team has quietly made several community releases, with Pulp release 4 available starting today! So if this all sounds enticing or at least intriguing, check it out! There’s a yum repo …

Fedora Installation User Experience Improvements & Syslinux

Over the past couple of days I’ve been working with the Anaconda team trying to figure out how provide a better experience in syslinux. This is a work-in-progress, but here is some of the background, discussion that’s taken place so far, and where things are at currently. Background So we’ve been wanting to revamp the installer user experience in Fedora for a while. For Fedora 12 I worked with the Anaconda team on adding better support for specialized storage devices in Anaconda’s GUI. For Fedora 13, I worked with the Fedora websites team to improve the experience that immediately precedes interacting with Anaconda – the Fedora website download pages. To complete that work and to knock out a few other things that would help folks even make the decision as to whether or not Fedora was something they wanted to be installing in the first place, I and my awesome intern Jef van Schendel and Sijis Aviles from the websites team worked on a complete revamp of the Fedora website which was launched with F14. The Strategy for the Installation User Experience For F15 then, we’ve got some nice polish on the pre-install experience in place. So it’s time to …

Fedora Installation User Experience Improvements & Syslinux

Over the past couple of days I’ve been working with the Anaconda team trying to figure out how provide a better experience in syslinux. This is a work-in-progress, but here is some of the background, discussion that’s taken place so far, and where things are at currently. Background So we’ve been wanting to revamp the installer user experience in Fedora for a while. For Fedora 12 I worked with the Anaconda team on adding better support for specialized storage devices in Anaconda’s GUI. For Fedora 13, I worked with the Fedora websites team to improve the experience that immediately precedes interacting with Anaconda – the Fedora website download pages. To complete that work and to knock out a few other things that would help folks even make the decision as to whether or not Fedora was something they wanted to be installing in the first place, I and my awesome intern Jef van Schendel and Sijis Aviles from the websites team worked on a complete revamp of the Fedora website which was launched with F14. The Strategy for the Installation User Experience For F15 then, we’ve got some nice polish on the pre-install experience in place. So it’s time to …

Fedora Board Meetings, 12 & 15 Nov 2010

The Fedora Board meeting schedule works as follows: Every Monday, the Board will meet via phone at 2 PM Eastern time (1900 UTC atm). Every other Friday (the next one is this Friday, 12 Nov), the Board will hold a public ‘office hours’ style questions & answers session in #fedora-board-meeting at 2 PM Eastern time. Last Friday’s meeting Full meeting minutes: http://meetbot.fedoraproject.org/fedora-board-meeting/2010-11-12/fedora_board.2010-11-12-19.01.log.html Highlights Here’s a quick summary of questions/points brought up during the meeting. You’ll want to the full log for details on any of these. “lots of people ask for help in #fedora-social, how on earth do they run into #fedora-social before they find #fedora” – maybe nick registration requirements play a role. Jebba built a bunch of updated f13 RPMS for the secondary mips architecture and is now getting set up koji under mips for fedora 14. According to him, the fedora-mips list and channel are pretty dead, and the guy that did the f13 initial port is mostly MIA. Jebba wondered where he should put the RPMs he is producing. Jared recommended that he work with the infrastructure team and the release engineering team — they’ll find a good home for them. Ricky asked, “From the meeting …

Fedora Board Meetings, 12 & 15 Nov 2010

The Fedora Board meeting schedule works as follows: Every Monday, the Board will meet via phone at 2 PM Eastern time (1900 UTC atm). Every other Friday (the next one is this Friday, 12 Nov), the Board will hold a public ‘office hours’ style questions & answers session in #fedora-board-meeting at 2 PM Eastern time. Last Friday’s meeting Full meeting minutes: http://meetbot.fedoraproject.org/fedora-board-meeting/2010-11-12/fedora_board.2010-11-12-19.01.log.html Highlights Here’s a quick summary of questions/points brought up during the meeting. You’ll want to the full log for details on any of these. “lots of people ask for help in #fedora-social, how on earth do they run into #fedora-social before they find #fedora” – maybe nick registration requirements play a role. Jebba built a bunch of updated f13 RPMS for the secondary mips architecture and is now getting set up koji under mips for fedora 14. According to him, the fedora-mips list and channel are pretty dead, and the guy that did the f13 initial port is mostly MIA. Jebba wondered where he should put the RPMs he is producing. Jared recommended that he work with the infrastructure team and the release engineering team — they’ll find a good home for them. Ricky asked, “From the meeting …

Fedora Board Meeting, 8 Nov 2010

Just as a quick reminder, the Fedora Board has been following a new schedule over the past month or so. This new schedule works as follows: Every Monday, the Board will meet via phone at 2 PM Eastern time (1900 UTC atm). Every other Friday (the next one is this Friday, 12 Nov), the Board will hold a public ‘office hours’ style questions & answers session in #fedora-board-meeting at 2 PM Eastern time. Today’s Meeting Full meeting minutes: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Meeting:Board_meeting_2010-11-08 Meeting thread on advisory-board-list: http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/advisory-board/2010-November/009648.html Agenda Fedora 14 shipped! Hooray! Now let’s get to work on F15. Fedora’s Community Working Group– We discussed nominations for the five inaugural members of the Fedora Community Working Group. We voted on 5 candidates and 1 alternate in the case one of the candidates could not accept. Rex will notify the candidates and confirm their participation in the group. Look for an announcement of the group’s membership soon. More details >. openrespect.org – does the Fedora Board agree with this statement? – We examined the openrespect.org statement itself, and also reviewed Jono’s blog post on it as well as Aaron Seigo’s response. A number of concerns about the statement were brought up, so we decided …

Linux Plumber's Conference Day 1

Yesterday I attended the Linux Plumbers’ Conference in Cambridge, MA. State of the Kernel First there was an opening talk by Jonathan Corbet, which was a report on the current state of the kernel. Some take-aways I got from the talk is we have about 1100 kernel developers currently, 300 are very active, and the pace is very fast. There isn’t any concern over attracting additional kernel developers as there is a steady influx. Jonathan went over various new features in the kernel, including a few long-term cleanup efforts that are finally getting finished up. Boot & Init Mini-Conference Next I attended the Boot & Initi mini-conference. We had a bit over 2 hours, and many people got up and talked about their systems and/or experience working with those systems. I tried to take some furious notes on the mini-conference’s etherpad, so check them out. Here’s a quick overview of the talks that happened: Remote Boot using SAN protocols – iSCSI and FCoE (Supreeth Venkataraman, Intel) A generic initramfs infrastructure – dracut (Harald Hoyer, Red Hat) Bootchart 2 – what you see under the hood (Michael Meeks, Novell) Plymouth – graphical boot splash and logger (Ray Strode, Red Hat) Beyond …