Women in Advanced Computing Summit (WiAC)

So a while back I made a blog post about the USENIX LISA ’11 conference Women in Tech panel. Carolyn Rowland (who was a panelist) and Nicole Forsgren Velasquez (who attended the panel and had some great insights to share) are putting together a brand new USENIX event: the Women in Advanced Computing Summit (WiAC). USENIX is having a federated conferences week from June 12-15 in Boston, Massachusetts, and the Women in Advanced Computing Summit is an all-day at the very beginning, on Tuesday, June 12. It’ll be at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, located in Boston’s Back Bay area by Newbury Street and the Hynes Convention Center. The Women in Tech panel was a really worthwhile and helpful event to attend and since WiAC’12 is organized by many of the same folks, it’s sure to be a great event to attend. The full program is available and the lineup of speakers looks pretty impressive. Get more information about the Women in Advanced Computing Summit at the conference website: https://www.usenix.org/conference/wiac12/tech-schedule/workshop-program

Fedora 17 Artwork Assets & New Sleeve Text

Fedora’s artwork, including our print-ready media art and other collateral, are produced by the Fedora community, much of it by the Fedora Design Team (our Ambassadors team creates some as well!) Alexander’s F17 media sleeves design For the past several releases, Alexander Smirnov has created and maintained our media artwork, countdown banners, and with Fedora 17 he’s released a fantastic release party poster. He is doing a truly kickass job and is a real hero for us, so if you see him around please thank him! He was also the artist who created Fedora 17’s beefy and miraculous fireworks wallpaper, using Inkscape of course. 🙂 Here’s a run-down of the designs he has produced for Fedora 17 including the source files: Disk Labels and Sleeves (there are separate versions for EMEA to accommodate their printing requirements.) Fedora 17 Fireworks Wallpaper artwork Fedora 17 Release Poster Fedora 17 countdown banner for fedoraproject.org Alexander’s fantastic F17 release poster design More Stuff! Here’s some more Fedora 17 release resources that may come in handy for you: Fedora 17 Screenshots – these were created by Kévin Raymond and feature various desktops available in Fedora as well as the default GNOME 3 shell. List of …

Fedora 17 Artwork Assets & New Sleeve Text

Fedora’s artwork, including our print-ready media art and other collateral, are produced by the Fedora community, much of it by the Fedora Design Team (our Ambassadors team creates some as well!) Alexander’s F17 media sleeves design For the past several releases, Alexander Smirnov has created and maintained our media artwork, countdown banners, and with Fedora 17 he’s released a fantastic release party poster. He is doing a truly kickass job and is a real hero for us, so if you see him around please thank him! He was also the artist who created Fedora 17’s beefy and miraculous fireworks wallpaper, using Inkscape of course. 🙂 Here’s a run-down of the designs he has produced for Fedora 17 including the source files: Disk Labels and Sleeves (there are separate versions for EMEA to accommodate their printing requirements.) Fedora 17 Fireworks Wallpaper artwork Fedora 17 Release Poster Fedora 17 countdown banner for fedoraproject.org Alexander’s fantastic F17 release poster design More Stuff! Here’s some more Fedora 17 release resources that may come in handy for you: Fedora 17 Screenshots – these were created by Kévin Raymond and feature various desktops available in Fedora as well as the default GNOME 3 shell. List of …

More Anaconda Custom Partitioning

We’ve been having a bit of a Anaconda custom partitioning UI thrown down the past couple of days in #anaconda to try to make some more progress on it. You may recall, the direction we’d most recently taken the mockups involved a UI centered around the mount points that are / will be created on the system: We hashed out some issues to address with this approach. Some we have addressed over the course of our discussion, some we haven’t. Here’s how it broke down: Issue #1: If you have more than one mount point of the same type on the system, you have an odd name clash. See, we let you select whatever hard drives / storage devices you want as part of the installation. Now, the drives you select may not be blank / nicely-formatted. Rather, they may have pre-existing OS installations on them, and some of those you might want to keep around – maybe you just want to install in the available empty space on the drive(s). The UI above assumes you’re only displaying mount points for one OS. What if I have a Fedora 16 installation on a 1 TB disk that I want to …

Grub 2 theme for Fedora 17

Fedora 17’s grub2 screen won’t be the ugly black and white thing you saw in Fedora 16. The reason for the ugliness in Fedora 16’s grub splash is that it was the first release we used grub2 and there were some missing files that prevented the theme from working at all. We punted on it because grub’s splash is not shown by default and we had higher-priority issues to work on for Fedora 16. Spot and Peter Jones figured out how to get grub2 theming to work properly for Fedora 17 so we have this design now, put together as we hashed it out on the Fedora design team list. It’s using the background from Alexander Smirnov’s excellent fireworks design; the menu box is slightly modified from the grub2 default shipped theme (called ‘starfield.’) I made a video showing it as well, but it’s shaky and nothing amazing. One thing visible in the video though – there’s a quick flicker before the graphical boot menu comes up, and after rebooting multiple times to try to read it Spot figured out it says something about a missing en.mo.gz locale file. If you have any ideas on how we can fix this …

Spherical Cows

Yesterday the results of the Fedora 18 release name election were announced. Fedora 18 is going to be called Spherical Cow. Wait, what? Yes, Spherical Cow. “/doh” by Hobvias Sudoneighm (striatic on Flickr), used under a CC-BY 2.0 license. Tatica broke the news about the Fedora 18 release name in Vienna to Emichan and me and we have been discussing it tonight. We all have some concerns with it. Spherical Cows Falling Flat Fellow Fedorans, don’t you think this has gone a step too far now? We don’t want to Fedora to be a joke, right? What message are we sending about Fedora with these kinds of names? Even if we had the best, most amazing artwork ever paired with a flawless user experience, don’t you think a name like ‘Spherical Cow’ makes it seem as if we as a community don’t care about Fedora or that we don’t believe Fedora is something to be taken seriously? If we believe in free software and we want users to adopt it, how can we convince them to take it seriously with names like this? “Beefy Miracle,” as Tatica pointed out, has been a challenge for Spanish-speaking Fedora Ambassadors to explain to …