Fedora News Updates #3
by Colin Charles
For the week of: Wednesday, January 21st 2004
Available at: http://fedoranews.org/colin/fnu/week3.shtml
Welcome to the third issue of Fedora News Updates, the weekly (or
bi-weekly) newsletter for the Fedora community. We aim to release this
often and can do so with the help of the community. It should contain
user information as well as some useful developer discussions that will
shape the outcome of Fedora. Thanks for all the wonderful comments for
the first issue, and keep those e-mails coming!
Fedora is being well
represented at LinuxWorld
. It's really meant for community
gathering as well as discussions with newbies, developers and the like.
If you're lucky enough to be at LinuxWorld, go pay the Fedora community
a visit. If anyone has a write-up, please don't hesitate to contact me
Keep on schedule!
To make it for Fedora Core 2 test1, the cut-off
date for all packages
is the morning of the 23rd
will allow a testing tree to be built over the weekend, and will
probably mean that we see test1 on the 2nd
February 2004, as
Fedora Core 1 for AMD64 test1
It has been launched! The much awaited AMD64
(x86_64) Fedora Core 1
has been released. This is hopefully a
single test release to test for hardware compatibility, and there are
some instructions in the post as to how to deal with issues on
Bugzilla. If posting to a mailing list, make sure it is fedora-test-list
Seth Vidal kindly pointed out that the ISOs
are also available via BitTorrent
The Fedora web site has been
. One of the more interesting things to come out of the
update is the SELinux
is a site that aggregates
a bunch of blogs
, for people within the Fedora community. So
instead of the usual stance of "Planet Fedora" (like many other
projects do), we have Fedora People, a site which describes "Who is The
Fedora Project?". Many thanks goes out to Seth Vidal
We've also seen the birth of Fedorazine
a Fedora community site. It has interesting newsfeeds, and allows more
user participation in the site.
, the new Red Hat
Magazine for Open Source Professionals and Advocates has an article on The
Fedora Configuration Tool Project
, by Brent Fox. It is a preview
article (from a subscription-only magazine), accompanied by screenshots
up2date or yum errors
Everyone seems to be complaining about errors that up2date or yum spews
out to them, just to get an update on Fedora Core done properly.
Alexander Dalloz decided to write up a good
answer to this FAQ
, which is pretty comprehensive. Remember, the
key to get away from all the errors would be to use a mirror
you. The future will be cleverer
code that chooses mirrors
, and has all the client support required.
Installing more TrueType Fonts
Getting more TTF's installed seems to be trivial with the instructions
at the Installing
guide. For those using GNOME (default on Fedora
Core), Nautilus has an easier method with its fonts:/// browsing
support drag-and-drop as well!
Get rid of beeps
In the last issue we found out to remove the beeps from GDM, and now we
find out how to get
rid of the loud beep
when you hit the Backspace key in a console
(and there's nothing to delete). Or if you hit the Tab key, and there
is more than one option to choose from.
Your own up2date server II
As mentioned in the previous issue, Dale has changed a bit of his
script, and has it available at: https://www.redhat.com/archives/k12osn/2004-January/msg00428.html
Alexandre Oliva shows us how to use Dag Wieers home
made apt repository via yum
. Useful if you do not want to get apt
on your system, and stick with yum/up2date.
More kernel related items
Dave Jones has Fedora
that has got useful pointers, and answers to plenty of
questions (like why is there no NTFS support in Fedora, for instance) -
definitely a must read. Another wiki with regards to kernel 2.6-test
running on FC1
has some useful installation instructions as well.
Dave has also mentioned that work on the FC1 kernel will reduce (as he
prepares for FC2). If you've ever wondered where the Fedora kernel
get's names like vmlinux-2.4.22-1.2138.nptl, they're based on CVS
. And for those wanting to try out kernels with their own
patches, a Fedora CVS
server is being setup
to allow just that.
And no, we won't
be seeing the preemptible patches
for production use - it might
exist in the beta test cycle of FC2, but there's no saying yet.
Installing a new window manager
David Jackson walks us through how
he got IceWM working
on Fedora Core. If anyone else has more tips
on getting other window managers running, do share them!
Dan Williams has begun building
the gnome.org OpenOffice.org for Fedora Core 2. This is a cooperative
effort with the guys at Ximian, Debian, Red Hat, and others to provide
a more integrated and advanced OpenOffice.org to the Linux community.
Enhancements include much better integration into the GNOME desktop,
better font detection, and heaps more usability and integration
improvements. The current Rawhide release is not as well tested as the
previous Fedora Core releases from the user's standpoint (there may
still be issues with upgrades from 1.0.x, and previous 1.1.0 settings
are not picked up yet), but these will be ironed out over the coming
weeks. Also, hopefully, in the next month, Fedora's OOo will ship with native widgets enabled.
There is now a text
for system-config-language, and people are
encouraged to test it out.
Michael Kearey shows us how
to add Mozilla official yum repositories
, especially for Fedora
users. With these, you can get Mozilla 1.6!
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This issue of Fedora News Updates brought to you by Colin Charles
, with content from
Dan Williams, Seth Vidal, and Andre Robatino.