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Today I have released the 1st build of Fedora for the XO-1 which includes Sugar 0.88.  You can get it here. Installation instructions are here


Since this build includes Sugar 0.88 I have changed the numbering scheme.  This is build 100.  Builds 16 and below will continue to be available and include Sugar 0.84.


As always I appreciate any testing you can give this build to help us nail down any issues with Sugar 0.88.   


Please report all issues to trac.sugarlabs.org, and cc smparrish and bernie on all reports.


 


Thanks


SMP

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Today I am releasing OS16 for the XO-1. You can get it here. Installations instructions are here.

This build brings us more inline with the work being done for the XO-1.5, as well it includes several changes incorporated from the Paraguay builds.

I want to thank Bernie Innocenti for his work done on the Paraguay build and his efforts to stabilize the system as we work towards an official release. Thanks to the XO-1.5 team as well for all their work.

SMP
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25 May 2010 @ 07:07 pm
Today we see the release of Fedora 13 (Goddard). This is the 6th Fedora release I have worked on, and IMO they just keep getting better and better. This also means that elections for both the Board and FESCO are currently running and set to end at midnight on May 26th.

This time around I tossed my hat into the ring and decided to run for FESCO. As a member of the KDE SIG and the maintainer of "Fedora on the XO" I believe I can be an effective advocate for alternative desktops in the Fedora universe. I run KDE on both my main workstation and netbook, XFCE on an old beige box, and the Sugar Desktop on my XOs. So if you run an alternative desktop on Fedora, or even if you don't I would appreciate your vote during this election.

If you have not tried KDE, XFCE or one of the alternatives that are offered in Fedora I suggest you give them a spin, they just might surprise you. And doing so could not be easier. Just download the Live CD version that is available for each desktop spin and boot them up.

To everyone who contributed their time and talents to F13 I say BRAVO. I can't wait to see what we come up with next.

SMP
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29 April 2010 @ 03:44 pm
We have begun planning the next FUDCon North America. This is the premier Fedora event for North America and will be held sometime in the December 2010 - January 2011 time frame. We have not yet decided on a location but are hoping for someplace warm with lots of free wifi.

Once the location and dates are nailed down the real work begins. One thing we are going to try this time around is to negotiate a discount on air travel. So if you think you might want to attend FUDCon NA please take a moment and check out this page on the wiki. All we need to know is where you are coming from and how many people from that city.

Thanks in advance for the info.

SMP
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29 April 2010 @ 01:59 pm
The SouthEast Linux Fest(SELF) is coming up on June 11-13th. If you are planning on going and want to split the hotel bill or share a ride from Raleigh let me know. smparrish /at/ gmail.com

SMP
 
 
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29 April 2010 @ 01:33 pm
Started out the day reading this article concerning a plan to get an OLPC in the hands of every kid in the East Africa Community. This includes the countries of Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda and Burundi. In total they are looking at having 30 million laptops in the region with 5 years. Its a very ambitious goal and as always the biggest hurdle is money.

At the $200 each the article mentions and looking to ship 30 million units that's a cost of 6 billion dollars. There is also another deployment going on in Gaza with an additional 500,000 machines for another 100 million dollars. So all in all to complete these deployments a total of 6.1 billion dollars is needed.

That comes to just 1.02 billion per year over 5 years. All in all a very small investment by the developed world to bring these laptops to the children and their families in these developing regions.

What do we get out of it you ask? We give 30.5 million children a great tool to help with their education. Having an education can lead them to a better life for themselves and their families. Having a better educated populous will bring stability and growth to these countries.

Oh and since all these machines will run the Sugar Desktop which is powered by Fedora. We also get 30.5 million new Fedora installs.

Not bad in my book.

SMP
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19 December 2009 @ 05:53 am
Just wanted to extend my congratulations to Matt Domsch and Chris Tyler for their election to the Fedora Board. I know both of them will serve the Fedora Project well as we look towards F13 and beyond.

Steven
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11 December 2009 @ 11:50 am


I voted, have you? Don't forget the elections for the Board, FESCO, and FAMSCO end on the 15th. With the infrastructure downtime this weekend if you can't connect keep trying.

Your vote will help determine Fedora's course over the next year.

Steven
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08 December 2009 @ 03:55 pm
Right now I am sitting in RDU International Airport, very tired and glad to be home. I am also sad that another great FUDCon is in the history books. We had 3 very productive days and I feel I got accomplished what I went to do.

I got to meet my fellow BugZappers Adam Williamson and Brennan Ashton and give what I think was a well received talk on filing good and effective bug reports.

I met Sebastian Dzillas of "Sugar on a Stick" fame. Bernie Innocenti and Peter Robinson who ar both volunteers for SugarLabs. We spent some time talking Sugar and plans to evolve Sebastian's SOAS and my "Fedora for the XO-1" projects from Fedora Remixes to actual Spins and the work that will be involved in doing so. Sebastian and I also gave a joint talk during BarCamp on both of the afore mentioned projects.

Sometimes you might feel as if the work we do here in Fedora goes mostly unnoticed outside our community, but it doesn't. People are watching and interested in what we are doing. When someone mentioned that a picture of me doing this talk was online, I thought it was on a planet post somewhere. little did I know that this is what they were referring to. I was shocked and pleased when I saw it.

On Sunday I met up with fellow KDE-SIG members Rex Dieter, Ben Boeckel, and all the way from Brno Jaroslav Reznik. We had a very productive day working on KDE in Fedora issues, and you can look forward to some exciting new releases from the Fedora KDE-SIG.

I want to extend a BIG THANK You to Chris Tyler (ctyler) for all the hard work he put into making this FUDCon the success that it was. Without his help on the ground in Toronto FUDCon would not have been the awesome event that it was.

Also many thanks to Mel Chua (mchua) for all her work on the budget and logistics for FUDCon Toronto. And thanks to Paul Frields (stickster) for leading the effort that brought another great FUDCon to us here in North America.

lastly if you attended this FUDCon and have any suggestions, comments, criticisms or questions please send them to our planning list at fudcon-planning@lists.fedoraproject.org

Hope to see you at the next FUDCon

Steven
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06 December 2009 @ 09:38 am


Are you at FUDCon and in need of some $ but can't find an ATM that will work with your card. Well you are in luck. If you go over to the RBC bank across from the hotel you will find a couple of ATMs in the lobby that work with U.S. bank cards. This will come in handy as you will need some $ today for lunch. We will be organizing a self funded lunch to help save time today.

Also for those who will be flying out of Toronto at the end of FUDCon I have updated the wiki with a rideshare section, just like we used for the trip in. So head over here. and add your information.

Steven
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