Open Terminal Default

May 20, 2008

It appears the default for the starting directory when using nautilus-open-terminal from the right click menu has changed.  Previously when right clicking on the desktop and choosing ‘Open Terminal’ you were given a prompt in your home directory.  With Fedora 9 when right clicking on the desktop and choosing ‘Open Terminal’ it now defaults to your Desktop directory.  Now this does make sense as to why it does that – but it isn’t like it used to be!

It is easily changed back to the ‘old style’ though if you are so inclined.  Make sure you have gconf-editor installed – if you don’t you can run yum install gconf-editor to install it.  Then run gconf-editor and expand the ‘apps’ section and scroll down the list to ‘nautilus-open-terminal’.  On the right hand side, place a check mark in the box for ‘desktop_opens_home_dir’.  Close gconf-editor and now you are good to go!


Central Ohio Fedora 9 Release Party Report

May 18, 2008

The Central Ohio Fedora 9 Release Party was held on Thursday, May 15th at an area Cup O’ Joes in Bexley, Ohio.  We had several Ambassadors in attendance other than myself, including Brian Pepple and Joe Connelly, who also helped organize the event.

We had advertised the Release Party through some selectively placed flyers on the Capital University campus and Ohio State University campus and a couple of the local open source mailing lists.

We had iso images of nearly every Fedora 9 flavor available for burning to either CD/DVD media or for creating Live USB keys with.  We also had a good stack of Fedora stickers for handout as well.

The attendance total for the evening, not including the three of us helping organize and run the release party was six people.  Some could not stay for long, but the others hung out for most of the evening.  The event was relatively informal – the evening focused on enjoying coffee and bagels while answering questions regarding the new release and features it included.  Amongst the conversation we burned a few DVDs for folks to take home with them and handed out some of the Fedora stickers we had on hand.

A good time was had by all!


Central Ohio Fedora 9 Release Party

May 5, 2008

Fedora 9

Are you in the Columbus, Ohio or Central Ohio area?  What are you doing for the Fedora 9 Release?  Come join us at the Bexley Cup O’ Joe community room on May 15th between 7pm and 9pm.

We will have installation media available for installs.  In addition we will have the ability to create Live USB keys, a GPG keysigning activity, a question and answer session and a mini-troubleshooting contest to test your break-fix skills.

Mark your calendar for May 15th and come on by the Bexley Cup O’ Joe for coffee and general socializing with other Fedora enthusiasts!  If you plan on attending please add your name to the Central Ohio wiki page.


Need a Reason to Hold a Fedora 9 Release Party?

April 28, 2008

Are you still waiting for a reason to hold a Fedora 9 release party? Well, FAmSCo has decided to add one more reason to the list – a Release Party Contest! That’s right – a contest!

FAmSCo has arranged to offer a Fedora laptop bag as a prize for this contest. A picture of the bag can be seen here:

Fedora Laptop Bag

Here is how to make sure your release party is eligible for this contest. First, it needs to be held sometime between May 13th and May 27th of 2008. That gives you a two week window to schedule your event. Next, we will need to know how your release party went, so we need to see an event report posted to the Ambassadors list and an Ambassador’s blog. The more details and pictures you can provide from your release party, the more information FAmSCo will have to determine a winner. You can use the Event Reporting Guidelines for help on writing an event report. This is a global contest, so an ambassador from any country is eligible to win.

FAmSCo will select one winner from the release parties that meet the above eligibility guidelines during the week of June 2nd, this allows time for everyone to post an event report prior to that date. The following is an example of things FAmSCo will look at when determining the winner of the contest.

  • Number of Attendees
  • What happened at the event party (live USB stations, install fests, Q&A, etc.)
  • Creativity, this is the wildcard category – we know there are lots of great ideas out there, let’s hear about them.
  • Event Report Quality

And remember, whether the release party you organize wins the contest or not – all release parties are a great contribution to the community, helping promote Fedora in your region and bringing even more people to Fedora.

There is still plenty of time to put together a release party in your area. Just add your event to the Fedora Events page and start planning! If you have any questions, feel free to let a FAmSCo member know.


Fedora 9 Release Parties

April 17, 2008

The Fedora Ambassadors have been busily planning release parties to occur in the two week or so timeframe after the Fedora 9 release.  Today, Jesse Keating announced the two week slip in the release of Fedora 9 to allow sufficient time for the Preview Release to be put out and catch any last minute bugs.  Just a little extra time to put that polish on the release before the new targeted release date of May 13th.

For Ambassadors who already have scheduled release parties affected by the new release date, you will likely need to adjust your plans slightly.

For everyone else – now there is even more time to organize a release party in your local area!  If you need a little help planning a party, be sure to check the Release Party Planning page for ideas.  Then choose a date and location and add your release party to the Fedora Events wiki page.  Big party or small, organizing a release party in your area is a great way to help increase Fedora usage and find new contributors to the project.


Shell History Meme

April 9, 2008

I couldn’t resist the meme on Planet Fedora…

[jft@liriel ~]$ history | awk ‘{a[$2]++ } END{for(i in a){print a[i] ” ” i}}’|sort -rn|head
209 ls
122 vi
90 cd
86 ssh
62 rm
48 less
43 ./j-to-the-p.sh
26 grep
23 su
22 ./notifier.py

[jft@flint ~]$ history | awk ‘{a[$2]++ } END{for(i in a){print a[i] ” ” i}}’|sort -rn|head
160 ls
127 ssh
117 su
114 cd
16 free
14 clear
13 top
13 screen
11 ping
10 yum


Fedora at Notacon 5 – Cleveland, OH

March 21, 2008

Fedora has arranged to have a booth at the soon upcoming Notacon 5 in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. The event is held April 4th through the 6th and is described as “The Midwest’s most unique hacker con and demo party rolled into one!”

Notacon 5

Fedora will be present on Saturday, April 5th, so if you are anywhere near the Cleveland area be sure to drop by con and check out the Fedora booth. Registration for Notacon closes this Sunday.