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Today brings a new release of F11 for the XO-1. This build contains both the Gnome and Sugar desktops. The build which can be downloaded here, now uses Midori for web-browsing. If you still want to use Firefox all it takes is a "yum install firefox" from the command line.

This build also includes a new kernel, numerous package updates and a fix for the dreaded black box in Gnome.

With the release of this build I am moving to having twice monthly releases, on the 1st and 15th of each month.

Here are a few highlights of what to expect in the coming months:

- A switch from JFFS2 to UBIFS for all but the /boot partition. This should result is faster file system access.

- A XFCE Desktop based version

- A experimental F12 based version

Also continuing to look for fixes for both the battery monitor and camera issues.

Enjoy the new release.
24 September 2009 @ 09:43 am
Did you miss the inaugural SouthEast Linux Fest? If,like me, you did, then I have some good news for you. Every talk was recorded, and I'm not talking just audio. No, they have video of each and every talk.

19 different talks are available, on a wide range of topics. Including talks from Greg DeKoenigsberg from RedHat on Open Source & Education, and Paul Frields, Leader of the Fedora Project. There is also a talk from Google's Open Source guru Chris DiBona.

All talks are in ogg video and can be downloaded from here.

26 August 2009 @ 11:55 am
Today I have released Build 6 of F11 for the OLPC. This build which runs on the XO-1 contains an updated F11 release with both the Sugar and Gnome desktops.

For those who are not aware the OLPC project is now based on Fedora, and many Fedora contributors are active in development of Sugar which is the default desktop environment for the OLPC.

The OLPC folks are currently working on the testing the next generation hardware for the XO-1.5, and Fedora will be the default installation on it as well.

If you have an XO-1 and would like to test out this latest release you can read more about it here.

If you do not have an XO-1 but would like to try out the Sugar Desktop it is available in the Fedora repositories for both F-11 and Rawhide. You can install it by doing yum groupinstall "Sugar Desktop Environment"

02 June 2009 @ 05:41 pm
Looks like the KDE-SIG has gone and upset a few bugs...

As promised here is an update on where the KDE-SIG stands with squashing those pesky Rawhide (F11) bugs.

Currently tracked issues - 68

Which break down as follows.

25 currently open issues.
5 pending testing before release
38 sent to the upstream developers

And 19 of the upstream issues have been resolved and the fixes either already are in Fedora or soon will be.

Keep in mind before we can squash those bugs you need to help us find them.

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01 June 2009 @ 08:39 pm
The KDE-SIG is hard at work to bring you the best desktop experience in Fedora. The way you help us do that is by filing bugreports to let us know where the problems are.

So here is an quick update as to where we stand as of today June 1st in regards to F10(Cambridge).

Currently tracked issues - 103

Which break down as follows.

42 currently open issues.
2 pending testing before release
59 sent to the upstream developers

And 24 of the upstream issues have been resolved and the fixes either already are in Fedora or soon will be.

If you want to help improve Fedora, not just KDE, take a minute and get yourself an account setup on Bugzilla and let us know of any issues you have.

Remember you can't stomp the bugs you can't see.


PS. Tomorrow will have an update on F11 issues
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The .1 release for kpackagekit is now available in rawhide. This is the new KDE front end for PackageKit. Once installed it can be accessed from the main menu --> System Settings --> Add and Remove Software. There is also a systray app that will alert you to any available updates. If you are testing the KDE F10 beta please install it and send any issues to me via bugzilla.

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29 May 2008 @ 08:42 pm
I am not artistic, or so I thought. I can't draw a box, have a hard time carrying a tune, and was always better behind the camera than in front of it. But I have discovered there is more to being an artist than just that. Programmers are artists so there is one for me. Can drinking beer be art? Don't think so, but making it can be.

People have asked me where my moniker of "TuxBrewer" comes from. Well it's from my 2 favorite pastimes. Linux and Beer, not just drinking beer but brewing beer. For about 50 cents a bottle I can brew 2 cases about 48 bottles of my own beer. And no I am not talking about "Mr. Beer" here. I mean taking fresh milled grains, hops, yeast and water and ending up with a very flavorful and refreshing brew. Checkout your local homebrew shop or club and start a new hobby. Sometimes not sitting in front of this screen can be a good thing.

Here is what will be in my brew pot soon.

Raspberry Honey Wheat Ale

This recipe is for five gallons (19L).

The ingredient list for this home brew consists of 6.6 pounds of Wheat liquid malt extract, 1 pound of Crystal, 10L Malt, a pound of clover honey, 4 ounces of flaked wheat, 1-1/2 ounces of Styrian Goldings hop pellets, 1 ounce of Liberty pellet hops, 4lbs frozen raspberries, White Labs WLP001 California Ale Yeast and 5 ounces of Light DME (for priming).

SMP aka "TuxBrewer"
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13 May 2008 @ 09:12 am
The reviews for F9 have started showing up. Here are a few.

Reg Developer


More to come...
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13 May 2008 @ 07:27 am
For many years I used Gentoo as my main distro. I chose it not for its easy setup, configuration and use, but because you had to get under the hood and get your hands dirty. Its the perfect distro for those who want to learn the ends and outs of Linux.

Now I use Fedora, in particular the KDE spin and my life is much happier for it. Just this week I did something with Fedora I was never able to get working with Gentoo. I installed the 64 bit version on my AMD box. Going to give it a week or so and if everything goes well I'll take the big plunge and install on my AMD dual core laptop which is my main machine.
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
02 May 2008 @ 09:07 am
There a new Fedora updater designed to take the pain out of full distribution upgrades. PreUpgrade currently in F8-Updates-Testing examines your system and downloads all new packages in the background while you continue to use your system. When the download is done, just reboot, choose the upgrade option from the boot menu and the Fedora Installer(anaconda) begins the upgrade. I used it yesterday to upgrade a F8 box to F9(Rawhide). Worked exactly as described, but downloading the upgrades took 10 hours, then another hour to install the 1200+ packages. Overall was a good experience, now to try it on my laptop.
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