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SELF Day Three – Drupal Camp and Fedora Activity Day

2010-06-13 Leave a comment

Day three started off with a bang.  I met Paul at the “Beginner’s class for Drupal” during the Drupal Camp.  During that class we were given lots of good information on Drupal including how to install and set up Drupal in less than five minutes.

Several Fedorians then gathered at the local Krispy Kreme to discuss the upcoming Fedora Activity Day (FAD) that was to begin at 1PM.  Paul and Max started putting together their plan to debunk myths within Fedora.  Ian was tasked with explaining how to becoming a contributor and how to utilize the wiki.  With the best laid plans we returned to the conference center with a plan to dazzle all that attended the FAD.

The FAD began promptly at 1PM with thirty to forty participants.  Paul answered lots of questions including those regarding RPM dependency hell, that it’s difficult to get packages into Fedora, and how you don’t have to be a programmer to be a contributor.

Max took over for Paul and we were soon into becoming a contributor.  Ian walked everyone through the process of getting a FAS account and signing the CLA.  One gentleman in the crowd signed up immediately!

After going over the process we dove into filing bugs using Bugzilla.  Using an actual problem found we created the bug, gathering as much information as possible, and submitted it upstream to the Kernel Opps site.

After working through the bug we had more of a round-table discussion on Fedora.  Unfortunately it was past 4PM at this point and we needed to get on the road.  I really appreciate everyone who came out to the FAD and participated!  See you next year!

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FAD (Hackfest) @ SELF – Day 2

2010-06-13 Leave a comment

I was able to attend many talks during the second day of SELF and here are some of the information I gleamed from the discussions.

IPv6
The speaker on IPv6 was from ARIN.  He was quite upfront with the situation regarding IPv4 addresses.  In short, we should run out of IPv4 addresses by the beginning of 2011.  At the beginning of 2010 there were 10% of all the available IPv4 addresses remaining.  By the beginning of June that number had shrunk to just over 6%.

One of the bigger concerns is that server hosting companies need to have IPv6 up and running so that clients coming from the IPv6 network can gain access to the servers.  Since IPv4 and IPv6 are mutually exclusive hosts need to have both.

Here are some links that you might be interested in if you want to know more about IPv6:

https://www.arin.net/knowledge/v4-v6.html
http://getipv6.info/index.php/Main_Page
https://www.sixxs.net/main/

Fedora, Not just another pretty Linux
Our fearless leader, Paul, did a great presentation on Fedora.  There were lots of people in attendance and Paul showed them what Fedora was all about.

FOSS Statistics
Another great Fedorian, Ian talked about his plan to open up the log files of Fedora to the public (after being cleaned of personally identifiable information).  Allowing anyone to pull this data and use it to create their own statistics will mean that anyone can use the information to try to find cause and effect on their own.

https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Statistics

Secure Virtualization
Dan Walsh from Red Hat gave a very good talk on secure virtualization and how SELinux is helping to keep the bits from ending up in the wrong place.  There’s no way I could write about everything that Dan said because every time I hear him talk my brain starts to percolate with all kinds of ideas and documenting all those would be extremely difficult.

One thing that he did talk about that was very cool was the sandbox program.  You can create your own sandbox that has no access to anything in your home directory and can even be limited to not having access to the network!  So you can truly work in an environment without worry that the program you are testing will get out of hand.

DNSSEC
The last talk of the day was about DNSSEC.  Very informative with the latest information on the rollout.   The talk was short and sweet but to the point.

http://www.dns.com
http://www.dnssec.net

FOOD!
After all the events the Fedorians assembled and headed out on the town in search of supper.  A little Thai restaurant was selected and everyone ate their fill.  We returned to find the SELF party in full swing with Dual Core providing the music!

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FAD (Hackfest) @ SELF – Day 1 (Friday)

2010-06-11 Leave a comment

Today at the Fedora Activity Day hackfest at Southeast LinuxFest we had planned on cleaning up the Fedora wiki but got side tracked working on the Docs Project wiki pages.  It wasn’t just the wiki pages that got a review but rather a lot of the contributor processes as well.

So here’s what was changed…  First the initial wiki page of the Docs Project has been simplified to better cater to the user in search of information.  We have also simplified the process for joining the Docs Project.  There are lots more goodies coming, too, but we ran out of time.  I’ll continue to work on these pages tonight.

If you’d like to see the “source” of our work, made from the discussions that ensued, you may view the pictures.

Thanks to all who participated!

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FAD (Hackfest) @ SELF – In progress

2010-06-11 Leave a comment

This morning several Fedorians met to discuss Insight.  Now we are getting ready to hack on the wiki in hopes of making it easier to find the information you seek.

The Docs Project wiki pages will also get some work in hopes of documenting how we do documentation and to clean up some of our processes.  More on this later…

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Good Morning SELF

2010-06-11 Leave a comment

Well, SELF hasn’t actually started but I slept as long as I could and I’m up!  Where is everyone?

Hackfest at 1P.  Until then Joat and I will be setting up NORAD in our hotel room.  Voice comms on 146.55MHz and data comms on 144.39MHz.

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SELF – Day -1

2010-06-11 Leave a comment

Ran around all yesterday trying to get out of the office so Joat and I could head down to SouthEast LinuxFest.  Got on the road to Spartinburg around 4P and drove… and drove… and drove.  Man it’s a long way down here.

The plus is that we were able to talk geek all the way down which is a nice change of pace. Thumbed through some old editions of Linux Journal and the time just flew by.

Arrived at the Marriott hotel around 11P and was in bed before 1A.

Should be fun meeting more Fedorians at Friday’s hackfest.  Hopefully we’ll all get some work done in addition to having fun!

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What would you like to see at FAD @ SELF?

2010-06-03 Leave a comment

Are you coming to the FAD @ SELF?  If so, what would you like to see or hear?

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FAD @ SELF right around the corner!

2010-06-02 Leave a comment

Wow, I can’t believe how time has flown.  I get a couple weeks worth of downtime at $DAYJOB and now I can’t see my way out from under all the work!

Well, let me take a moment to remind everyone that the Southeast Linux Fest is right around the corner!  The fun and excitement begins on 11 June and Fedora will be there!  We will have a wiki Hackfest on Friday with Fedora talks on Sunday.  Check out our wiki page and add your name if you are planning on being there.

Would you like to talk or have something you’d like to know more about?  Send me a message and I’ll see what I can do!

Hope to see you there!

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FAD @ SELF

2010-04-29 Leave a comment

As of this morning (EDT), 46 people who have signed up for Southeast Linux Fest (SELF) have also said they would attend a Fedora Activity Day (FAD).  I don’t really know how many of these people are Fedorians or are people just interested in Fedora.

So what can we do at this FAD?  I know there is some work that needs to be done on the wiki and I can always teach Publican and Docs work.  Maybe we could have Ambassadors on hand to help people try out F13, put a live version on a USB drive, and generally introduce Fedora to new people.

Would you like to work or talk about your Project?  If so please let me know.

I’ve started a wiki page for the event.  If you would like to attend please put your name on the page!

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