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Fedora News Updates #10

by Colin Charles

For the week of: Thursday, April 22 2004

Available at: http://fedoranews.org/colin/fnu/issue10.shtml

This is the tenth issue of the Fedora News Updates. Wow, that means I've read way too many postings on the various mailing lists. The issue being invariably delayed thanks to my travelling, and lack of regular connectivity.

Fedora desktop comes alive

Well, it's always been alive, but the fedora-desktop-list has become more active recently, with the closure of an internal list. Great interest has been sparked with regards to replace XMMS - Fedora currently has two music players, being XMMS and Rhythmbox. By the time FC3 is in sight, Rhythmbox would have reached a status of replacing XMMS for most use cases - so this is really a call for comments.

Havoc has shared with us some of the discussions that have occured on the now closed internal list, available at: http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-desktop-list/2004-April/msg00029.html. What about shared calendar servers for use as backends for Evolution? Again, a call for comments and suggestions, with Patrick posting a rather useful list of available calendar servers. Nils Philippsen shares a little trick to get a nice icon available for a USB stick, provided you're using the GNOME desktop.

Fedora Core 2 and SELinux

This seemed to have worried quite the number of folk, but a decision has been made: SELinux will be included in Fedora Core 2 test3 as well as Fedora Core 2, when it makes the final release. However, SELinux will be disabled by default; this is to facilitate more integration and testing. This doesn't mean that you should stop testing SELinux if you already are - give it a go if you aren't! More information at: http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-test-list/2004-April/msg02155.html.


There are some Fedora HOWTOs in German available from Patrick Steiner's website at: http://lawshome.at.tf. A wireless networking tutorial has spun out from the fedora-docs project, and Kenneth Benoit has them available at his site for viewing (or a tarball). And while not in the Fedora Docs HOWTO format, Ron Goulard has a guide titled ClamAV with Sendmail on Fedora Core 1.

FOSS Web Development without Dreamweaver is an excellent write-up by Mitch Wiedemann - he's a "switcher", moved from Macromedia's Dreamweaver to other tools, and he documents his experiences. An excellent migration guide, in all respects.

Configuration tools

We need a new printer configuration tool! Seth Vidal has outlined what's required, and there's an open Bugzilla ticket #118924, with a possible tool to use. It should be an aim that by FC3, this tool works and gets included (it's GTK1 based, so this has to change too).

Kickstart and a web tool? Mark Heslep started discussion, and RHN actually has such a system in place, so it's time to get one available for Fedora.

Yum needs testing

Yum in Rawhide includes new command line functionality, and requires testing from those having bi-architectures. Please give it a testing, and tell Seth how things go.

FedoraTracker update

FedoraTracker now has a cool URL: http://www.fedoratracker.org/. Brad Smith has made other changes detailed at: http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-devel-list/2004-April/msg00577.html.

Interview with Dams

Our Livna maintainer tells us a bit about the site's recent downtime in an interview, that Genesis-X carries. The site being a work in progress aims to have more such Fedora-related content, according to its maintainer.

Other quick notes


Fedora Core 2 test2 notes


Last issue we mentioned that FedoraForum.org merged with the unofficial FAQ, and while the forums have moved, the unofficial FAQ is still at http://fedorafaq.org/.

Also, credit for the article on adding locales goes to Hugo ven der Kooij.


.ace files

Finding the need to unpack a file with the .ace extension? S. Gongola points that Dag's repository has what it takes: http://dag.wieers.com/packages/unace/unace-2.20-0.rhfc1.dag.i386.rpm.

Helpdesk software

While rather general, the question came about, and possible solutions include OTRS, OneOrZero Helpdesk, phpSupport, and Request Tracker. Jeremy Hogan recommends something he co-wrote, that Red Hat themselves use: Issue-Tracker.


Watching TV? Want to make your PC a PVR? Axel Thimm posts a great list of resources here: http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-list/2004-April/msg01599.html.

Codeweavers Crossover Office

Lots of talk about this software package, with Chris Kloiber telling us how he got IE6 installed. Christoph Wickert posts some interesting links at: http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-list/2004-April/msg01701.html, while Lamar Owen mentions issues with running it with a 2.6.5 kernel.


Need to talk with Apple Mac's that only speak Netatalk? Guy Fraser provides a good usage summary at: http://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-list/2004-April/msg03731.html.

Thank you for reading this issue of Fedora News Updates. Think there's some news snippet you'd like to contribute to Fedora News Updates? Send e-mail to colin@fedoranews.org.

This issue of Fedora News Updates brought to you by Colin Charles.