Ever thought “hey, I’d like to use this with Tor“? Well, I’m giving someone in the Fedora community the opportunity to review a package that will allow you to do just that. Torsocks provides a “usewithtor” functionality to allow many network-utilizing programs to go over the Tor network instead of exposing your doings to the public Internet directly. As soon as the package has made its way through the review process I plan to push it out to EPEL as well.
Last night/earlier today I pushed updates to both the Gpredict and TuDu packages in Fedora. TuDu also resides in the EPEL repositories for those running EL5 and EL6 and those repos were also updated. If you are a user of either of these packages I’d appreciate you testing out these new packages to make sure they work. Both packages are awaiting karma (and love) in Bodhi (Gpredict | TuDu).
I’m also going to start working on getting the necessary dependencies into EPEL so I can ship Gpredict there as well.
Cross posting to Radio W4OTN blog.
Earlier today John WB8RCR and I released the Fedora Amateur Radio Guide. Depicting many of the programs available in Fedora’s repositories, these free and open source software packages provides many tools to turn any amateur radio operator into a truly geeky operator.
John did a wonderful job putting together the guide to include twenty-one software packages. And while there is still work to do we wanted to get it out the door now so that Fedora users could take advantage of what was complete. We hope you find it useful!
I’ve been running my new Lenovo ThinkPad W520 for a few days, now, and think I can give a review of my experience with the device.
First, I was a little disappointed with my ordering experience. When I visited the Lenovo website I found, typical of many computer companies, that not all options are available from the website. After completing my selection of all my hardware I selected the “chat with an agent” link on the side of the screen. I explained to the person on the other end that I wanted this particular laptop but that I did not wish to have *any* software, including an operating system, installed on the system. I didn’t want to pay the Windows tax and knew that whatever they put on the computer wouldn’t last five minutes after the laptop was removed from the box. To my surprise I wasn’t questioned or given a hard time about my choice. I was simply told that that was “no problem”. Once the agent had my hardware in his system and all my information he completed my order, emailed me all my necessary paperwork, and I ended up saving around $250.
The next day I received an email from Lenovo letting me know that my order was processed and gave me a tracking number that I could use to determine where my laptop was, etc. A few days later I received another message letting me know that my laptop had been shipped and that it should arrive on Friday of the same week. Well, it turns out that the prediction of Friday was incorrect, as the UPS guy rang my doorbell on Thursday to deliver my package!
The laptop came with the Intel i7-2720 processor which looks like eight cores running at 2.20GHz, eight gigabytes of RAM, 128 GB solid state drive, and connections for everything under the sun except for a DB9. It also has an A-B-G-N WiFi card, DVD ROM, video camera, and card slots for many types of solid state media.
The battery came with a full charge so I was able to get right to work. My first task was to install Fedora 16 Beta, which if you read my blog you already know the problems that caused. But a few hours later I was successful in my installation and had moved several gigabytes of data over from my old laptop. I made a few configuration changes that I had wanted to make on the old system to make everything faster and more efficient so with those changes made I was on my way.
I ran a few benchmark tests using HardInfo and it confirms what I said about this being a pretty peppy system. All the benchmarks show this system at the top if not close to it.
I’ve been using the system for work and for play since I received it and have no complaints. The keyboard is comfortable, the screen is bright (too bright at times), and the sound is great. It was a little bigger than I was expecting but now that I’ve been using it for a while I’m happy for the size. So far I’ve been using it around the house so I’ll have to see how I feel about using it when I’m on the road.
If you have any specific questions about the device feel free to leave a comment and I’ll answer the best I can.
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Twice a year the Fedora Docs team runs around with their hair on fire trying to get the Release Notes bits put together, translated, and packaged. The packaging requirement puts a lot of strain on the process, though, as thousands of lines of code go into the documentation, they are all new every release, and most of the time are only available at the last minute based on changes to code in other programs.
To reduce the strain on the process I’d like to propose that the Release Notes not be packaged (in RPM) and included in the releases and only be made available on the Fedora Docs website.
This proposal will be sent to the Fedora Docs and I encourage anyone with an opinion on this to reply to that message.
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