Fedora Hubs Update!!!

The dream is real – we are cranking away, actively building this very cool, open source, socially-oriented collaboration platform for Fedora. Myself and Meghan Richardson, the Fedora Engineering Team’s UX intern for this summer, have been cranking out UI mockups over the past month or so (Meghan way more than me at this point. 🙂 ) We also had another brainstorming session. We ran the Fedora Hubs Hackfest, a prequel to the Fedora Release Engineering FAD a couple of weeks ago. After a lot of issues with the video, full video of the hackfest is now finally available (the reason for the delay in my posting this 🙂 ). Let’s talk about what went down during this hackfest and where we are today with Fedora Hubs: What is Fedora Hubs, Exactly? (Skip directly to this part of the video) We talked about two elevator pitches for explaining it: It’s an ‘intranet’ page for the Fedora Project. You work on all these different projects in Fedora, and it’s a single place you can get information on all of them as a contributor. It’s a social network for Fedora contributors. One place to go to keep up with everything across the project …

Fedora Design Team Update (Two for One!)

I have been very occupied in recent weeks with piggies of various shapes, sizes, and missions in life [1], so I missed posting the last design team meeting update. This is going to be a quick two-for-one with mostly links and not any summary at all. I’ve been trying hard to run the meetings so the auto-generated summaries are more usable, but I am always happy for tips on doing this even better from meetbot pros (like you? 🙂 ?) Fedora Design Team Meeting 19 May 2015 Meetbot Minutes Raw log Fedora Design Team Meeting 2 June 2015 Meetbot Minutes Raw log See you next time? Our meetings are every 2 weeks; we send reminders to the design-team mailing list and you can also find out if there is a meeting by checking out the design team category on FedoCal. [1] Expect some explanation in a few weeks, or look for me or Dan Walsh at the Red Hat Summit later this month. 🙂

Time to kick the tires on the new Fedora websites in staging!

So a couple of weeks ago I mentioned the work robyduck and the Fedora websites team have been putting in on the new websites for Fedora, primarily, spins.fedoraproject.org and labs.fedoraproject.org. Here’s the handy little diagram I put together back then to explain: This week, robyduck got the new site designs into staging, which means you can try out the new work-in-progress sites right now and provide us your helpful feedback, suggestions (and dare I suggest it) content contributions to make the sites even better. 🙂 labs.fedoraproject.org Click below to visit the staging site: spins.fedoraproject.org Click below to visit the staging site: You may notice as you peruse through the Fedora Labs staging site and the Fedora Spins staging site you’re going to see some bogus stuff. For example, the Robotics Suite page highlights Gimp and Inkscape as included applications. 🙂 This is because a lot of the content is filler content and we need help from the users of these spins and experts in the individual technologies of what we should be featuring and how we should be describing these spins. So this is sort of a continuation of our earlier call for help, but this one is really mostly …

Do you know robotics?

Hi 🙂 Plea for help here 🙂 The websites team and I would like to feature a photo of some real robots that have been programmed and/or built using Fedora as the main banner image for the Fedora Robotics spin – but we don’t know of any specific Fedora robots. We’d even be happy with a picture of a non-Fedora robot at this point. If you know someone who is knowledgable about robotics and/or Fedora robotics, and who may have a picture they’d be willing to let us use, can you please get in touch? Thanks 🙂

Redesign of spins.fedoraproject.org; Help make your spin rock!

Robyduck and I have been working on a total revamp of spins.fedoraproject.org. Behold, what spins.fpo looks like today: Different kinds of spins So one issue we have with spins is that there are different *kinds* of spins: Desktop Spins There are desktop spins that each feature a different desktop environment on top of Fedora. While you can install multiple desktop environments by default, most people stick to one most of the time, and you certainly can’t use more than one in a given session. These spins are much more about the environment you use Fedora in rather than applications layered on top. Functional Spins There are functional spins that consist of application bundles and configuration that you could honestly package-group install on any desktop and be able to use productively – Games, Design Suite, Robotics, etc. They are more purpose-directed than the desktop spins, which are more for general computing environments. ARM builds (These aren’t actually spins but fell into the fray as they needed a home too!) Now that ARM is a top-level / supported architecture, we have ARM builds for many versions of Fedora. These images are solely architecture-based and cater to a very specific community and very …

Fedora Design Team Update

Fedora Design Team Meeting 21 April 2015 Meetbot Minutes Raw log Summary Announcements/News Libre Graphics Meeting: decause asked if any team members are planning to go to Libre Graphics Meeting 2015 next week. He and riecatnor were thinking about going. Nobody else in the meeting had plans to go. Flock talk proposal deadline extension: The deadline for Flock talk proposals has been extended to May 2, so we reminded folks to get their design team talk proposals in. Fedora websites update: Mo noted that she and robyduck have made a lot of progress on the spins.fedoraproject.org redesign and the new labs.fpo website. If you are interested in the work it’s in github: https://github.com/fedoradesign/fedora-spins. Tickets Needing Feedback Request for new system-config-services icon – Luya had some good design mockups posted to this ticket so we gave him some critique and asked the reporter to provide their feedback / approval. Request: F22 featured images for the Magazine – Yogi posted some mockups on this one so we posted some feedback on it. Create Artwork for Cockpit banner to display in Anaconda GUI – Yogi created a mockup for this one so we provided some feedback in the ticket. Fedora .Next Tshirt designs …

Fedora Design Team Update

Fedora Design Team Meeting 7 April 2015 Meetbot Minutes Raw log Summary I don’t actually have time today to post a full summary, so just a few bullet points: Bronwyn, my new intern, started today so we welcomed her at the meeting and she took on her first ticket, which she’s working on right now. We walked through tickets needing attention and tickets needing triage. We talked about the F22 Beta readiness meeting – I will attend to represent the team this Thursday. We talked about Flock and discussed more details about the topics we’d like to propose.

Summary of Enabling New Contributors Brainstorm Session

So today we had a pretty successful brainstorm about enabling new contributors in Fedora! Thank you to everyone who responded my call for volunteers yesterday – we were at max capacity within an hour or two of the post! 🙂 It just goes to show this is a topic a lot of folks are passionate about! Here is a quick run-down of how it went down: Video Conference Dance We tried to use OpenTokRTC but had some technical issues (we were hitting an upper limit and people were getting booted, and some folks could see/hear some but not others. So we moved onto the backup plan – BlueJeans – and that worked decently. Roleplay Exercise: Pretend You’re A Newbie! Watch this part of the session starting here! For about the first 30 minutes, we brainstormed using a technique called Understanding Chain to roleplay as if we were new contributors trying to get started in Fedora and noting all of the issues we would run into. We started thinking about how would we even begin to contribute, and then we started thinking about what barriers we might run up against as we continued on. Each idea / thought / concept got …

Fedora Design Team Update

Fedora Design Team Meeting 24 March 2015 Meetbot Minutes Raw log Completed Tickets Ticket 361: Fedora Reflective Bracelet This ticket involved a simple design for a reflective bracelet for bike riders to help them be more visible at night. The imprint area was quite small and the ink only one color, so this was fairly simple. Tickets Open For You to Take! One of the things we required to join the design team is that you take and complete a ticket. We have one ticket currently open and awaiting you to claim it and contribute some design work for Fedora :): Ticket #358: Create Artwork for Cockpit banner to display in Anaconda GUI – We need someone to design a banner to advertise a Fedora Server tool called Cockpit. More instructions are in the ticket. Discussion Fedora 22 Supplemental Wallpapers Vote Closes Tomorrow! Tomorrow (Wednesday, March 25) is the last day to get in your votes for Fedora 22’s supplemental wallpapers! Vote now! (All Fedora contributors are eligible to vote.) (Oh yeah, don’t forget – You’ll get a special Fedora badge just for voting!) Fedora 22 Default Wallpaper Plan A question came up what our plan was with the Fedora …

Enabling New Contributors Brainstorm Session

You (probably don’t, but) may remember an idea I posted about a while back when we were just starting to plan out how to reconfigure Fedora’s websites for Fedora.next. I called the idea “Fedora Hubs.” Some Backstory The point behind the idea was to provide a space specifically for Fedora contributors that was separate from the user space, and to make it easier for folks who are non-packager contributors to Fedora to collaborate by providing them explicit tools to do that. Tools for folks working in docs, marketing, design, ambassadors, etc., to help enable those teams and also make it easier for them to bring new contributors on-board. (I’ve onboarded 3 or 4 people in the past 3 months and it still ain’t easy! It’s easy for contributors to forget how convoluted it can be since we all did it once and likely a long time ago.) Well, anyway, that hubs idea blog post was actually almost a year ago, and while we have a new Fedora project website, we still don’t have a super-solid plan for building out the Fedora hub site, which is meant to be a central place for Fedora contributors to work together: The elevator pitch …