Fedora websites design status

While the Fedora Design team and Fedora Websites team along with the Fedora Board have been working towards a completely updated web presence for Fedora over the past couple of releases, I wanted to give a bit of a summary of what’s happened so far, provide you a bit of an update on our current status, and give you another avenue for providing feedback as well as solicit yet more feedback from you. 🙂 A little background on Fedora website design A long time ago, but not so long ago, http://fedoraproject.org was a simple splash page with just a bunch of links. Later on, it redirected straight to the wiki. After a release or two bringing the entire wiki down (and halting contributors from getting work done!) because of high-demand on the website for downloading releases, a very simple, lightweight set of static pages was put together to help alleviate the problem. It is the base of that lightweight static page set that we have been using for quite some time these days. After the initial launch of Fedora Community and its freshened-up template with the release of Fedora 11, the Fedora Project homepage appeared in severe need of some …

Fedora 14 Theme Preview

The chosen theme At last week’s design team meeting, we made a decision about the direction of the overall theme for Fedora 14’s artwork, which will affect – among other things – the default wallpaper. We decided on Kyle Baker’s submission, a Blender-created mockup depicting many lines coming together to form a solid figure, to serve as the basis of the visual concept of Fedora 14. There’s a couple of reasons why this theme relates to Fedora 14: First, the codename for Fedora 14 is ‘Laughlin’. This is after Robert Laughlin, the 1998 Nobel Prize winner in physics for the fractional quantum Hall effect research he did. Laughlin argues for a concept called ’emergence’ which states: “The whole is more than the sum of its parts.” Kyle’s proposal shows many separate lines coming together that, when you step back, forms a solid shape as well, relating to Laughlin’s concept of emergence. Secondly, Fedora is a kind of a single object – a Linux-based operating system aggregating many individual open source projects and work. A whole of many parts. Fedora is also a community made up of many individuals from all over the world working together in an open manner. So …