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  • jzb 12:54 pm on January 12, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Android, Fedora, Project Fi   

    Project Fi and replacement phones: Android could learn from Fedora… 

    nexus2cee_project_fi_hero_thumbI’ve had really good luck with smartphones (/me knocks on wood) over the years. I’ve dropped phones a number of times, but other than a few scuffs and scratches, no permanent damage. (My first-generation iPhone did have an unfortunate encounter with a softball years ago, but since then – smooth sailing.) This weekend, though, I biffed the Nexus 6 just wrong on the tile floor and the screen got the worst of it.
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  • jzb 5:42 pm on November 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Fedora, IRC, Pondering, Slack   

    Proprietary tools for FOSS projects 

    slackMy position on free and open source software is somewhere in the spectrum between hard-core FSF/GNU position on Free Software, and the corporate open source pragmatism that looks at open source as being great for some things but really not a goal in and of itself. I don’t eschew all proprietary software, and I’m not going to knock people for using tools and devices that fit their needs rather than sticking only to FOSS.

    At the same time, I think it’s important that we trend towards everything being open, and I find myself troubled by the increasing acceptance of proprietary tools and services by FOSS developers/projects. It shouldn’t be the end of the world for a FOSS developer, advocate, project, or company to use proprietary tools if necessary. Sometimes the FOSS tools aren’t a good fit, and the need for something right now overrides the luxury of choosing a tool just based on licensing preference. And, of course, there’s a big difference between having that discussion for a project like Fedora, or an Apache podling/TLP, or a company that works with open source.

    Fedora is generally averse to adopting anything proprietary, even using things like YouTube or Twitter to promote Fedora tends to generate discussion and questions about whether it’s proper to use proprietary services. Grudgingly, though, most folks have accepted that to promote Fedora you have to go where the people are–even if that means using non-FOSS services. Apache has been more willing to adopt non-free services (e.g., Jira) where acceptable FOSS services exist. Not surprising, because Apache’s culture is more “use open source because it’s pragmatic” rather than driven by ideology. (That is painting with a very broad brush, and I think you can find a diverse set of opinions within Apache, including mine.)

    Generally, though, I worry about making too many concessions to non-free software. I worry that we’ve gone too far towards business concerns, and too far away from wanting to change the world for the better. There’s a balance to be struck, I think, where we put food on the table, build successful companies and successful and sustainable communities. Where we use tools we’ve built to do our work, and tools we can improve, but don’t rake people over the coals because of the tools they choose or make bad business decisions out of a desire for purity.

    This post asking people not to use Slack really resonates with me. I see this as a wholly unnecessary adoption of proprietary software where there’s a reasonable and serviceable alternative. The good news, I think, is that Slack seems to be spurring some development of better IRC alternatives that might not have developed without Slack. And it’s spurred more people thinking about the tools they use, and whether they’re open, and what that means. Full disclosure, I have a personal Slack account. I’ll use it to chat with friends, just like I’ll use Facebook or Google Hangouts. But I don’t see recommending it for an official channel for, say, Project Atomic.

  • jzb 12:46 pm on October 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Fedora, MUA,   

    Is that the right mailing list? Is that the right audience? 

    email-icon-postQuick thought for the day: are you sending that message to the right mailing list?

    If you work in open source, odds are you spend a lot of time working with people via email. At Red Hat we have internal mailing lists for developers that work on projects, and external mailing lists for projects, as well as internal lists for specific groups, topics, etc. I’m also, less than I’d like these days, involved in the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) and it has user lists and developer lists for projects, announce lists, and a variety of private lists for projects and specifically for members, fundraising, and so on.

    I could write volumes about what’s good and bad about various Mail User Agents (MUAs) and mailing list software. But this is not about that–this is about bad habits that people fall into when opening and conducting discussions on mailing lists. Specifically, whether they’re going to the right place.

    All too often, I see people opting to go for the least-public list when opening discussions. Part of this, I think, is just human laziness. You get into a routine, and stick with it. This is doubly hard to overcome when an initiative starts “behind the firewall” and then moves into the public.

    Part of this is a tendency to stay with a familiar group. It can be “scary” to expose your ideas, commentary, plans, or whatever to a large audience. It can also, honestly, be annoying. Everybody has an opinion, and filtering through all the opinions and commentary can be a royal pain in the posterior. Separating the wheat from the chaff can be tricky when you do opt for openness and then have to filter through all of the digressions, uninformed opinions, and (occasionally) dissent to come to a decision.

    I could probably write volumes on this topic, but I promised a quick thought. So, in a nutshell: Think before you start a conversation on a mailing list. Are you sending it to a private list to avoid discussion or exposure, or is there a good reason the conversation needs to be private? (Alternately, are you sure of the audience you’re sending to? Are you sending anything group/company confidential to too wide an audience? It happens infrequently, but it can be a big problem when it does.) If not, then break the habit and opt for openness. You might just be surprised how effective that can be, so give it a shot.

  • jzb 12:15 pm on July 19, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Fedora, OSCON, Portland,   

    Headed to OSCON 

    oscon-logoOnce again, time for the annual trek to Portland, Oregon for OSCON — perhaps for the last time!

    Next year, OSCON is going to be in Austin, TX — which seems like a bit of a mistake to me. Portland and OSCON go together like milk and cookies.

    If you’re going to be at OSCON, make sure to drop by Open Cloud Day on Tuesday, and come by the Red Hat booth to say hello!

  • jzb 7:14 pm on May 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Dell P2815Q, Fedora,   

    Another 4K Update: Dell P2815Q 28″ Monitor 

    Some time ago, I bought a Seiki 39″ 4K monitor/TV for use with my Fedora 20 workstation/laptop. While the resolution was great, I just couldn’t get it set up where it wasn’t a pain in the neck. Literally.

    But having a taste of the 4K good life, I was unhappy going back to the 2560×1440 resolution of the Cinema Display…

    Right now, there’s not a ton of 4K monitors on the market – at least not affordable ones. But I happened to find a Dell P2815Q 28″ monitor at MicroCenter over the weekend, and decided to go ahead and pull the trigger.

    Like the Seiki, the refresh rate at the top resolution (3840×2160) is much lower than you’d find with standard monitors. So if you’re looking for a gaming rig, pass this by for now.

    But, the Dell has a few advantages beyond being a more manageable size for a desktop:

    • It has DisplayPort / MiniDisplayport inputs. The Seiki only has HDMI.
    • Adjustable height.
    • Rotation – though the video driver for Fedora 20 didn’t seem to like it when I tried to rotate the Dell to a portrait mode. Some more tinkering will ensue there before I figure out where the problem lies.
    • Three USB 3.0 ports (can plug into your desktop’s USB 3.0 slot).
    • Supports DisplayPort Multi-Stream Transport (i.e., you can plug in a second monitor for two displays). I haven’t tried this, yet.
    • Color seems better than the Seiki, though still a bit washed out. Not a lot, but not as crisp as the Cinema Display.

    So far, no problems with the display, and I’m really happy to be back to a 4K desktop.

    I’d only recommend getting a 4K display for early adopters, though. I suspect the prices will continue to plunge, while the quality and refresh rate will improve. But if you’re like me and spend way too much time at the computer, it’s worth considering.

  • jzb 4:10 pm on March 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Fedora,   

    Your GNOME Tips, Tricks, and Such: Tell Me Them 

    GNOME Logo Decided to mix things up a bit and start using GNOME on Fedora 20 as my main desktop, at least until such time I get bored with it, annoyed with it, or something else catches my attention.

    Had been using KDE as my desktop, and that was working just fine: I just decided to change things up a bit when I reconfigured my system recently. (Added a second SSD so I’d have room for a CentOS partition.)

    First thing I did was install GNOME Tweak Tools, because… no minimize button makes me crazy. Whether it’s “better” to have a minimize button or not, I’ll leave to UX/UI folks to debate. What I know is I’ve been using window managers of some type or another for more than 20 years that have a minimize button, and while this old dog isn’t too old to learn new tricks, I’m choosy about which tricks I’m willing to spend the time learning.

    Added Guake because a drop-down terminal is a nice thing to have. Added Pidgin because I prefer that to Empathy.

    I will note, I’m using GNOME on my work-issued ThinkPad T530 with a 27″ Cinema Display connected (when I’m home). (Nice of the Lenovo folks to have a Mini DisplayPort connector on these…) If I recall correctly, GNOME got dinged for poor multi-monitor support some releases ago. If that was actually a problem, it seems to be handled by now. Everything is working quite well in that regard.

    What GNOME extensions would you recommend? Any tips, tricks, or hidden gems might I find in current GNOME that are worth looking for?

    • Naheem 9:21 pm on March 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Things to consider:

      Add Richard Hughes’ Gnome 3.12 repository because here the window controls are more “consistent” (maybe even the mesa 10 one on copr…)

      Local menus extension will allow the gnome 3.12 windows to not rely on the global menu. http://worldofgnome.org/app-menus-fallback-became-just-amazing/

    • joncr 10:14 pm on March 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Here’s my set of extensions used on Fedora 20 on a Thinkpad W530:

      1. Autohide Battery — Trivial, but this ThinkPad stays plugged in most of the time.

      2. Better Volume Indicator — Gives me easier muting.

      3. Dash to Dock — Great stuff! Transforms the Dash into a traditional, useful, and configurable dock. Sine qua non. Reliably and quickly updated for new Gnome releases.

      4. Desktop Scroller — So I can scroll between workspaces from the screen edges with the mouse wheel. Meh.

      5. Message Tray on bottom right corner — Trigger message tray popup only by pushing cursor into lower right corner. (Still doesn’t work unless I edit some Gnome javascript.)

      6. No Topleft Hot Corner — Hot corners annoy me. Don’t need Gnome’s once I install Dash to Dock.

      7. Quite from Dash — Adds on option to quit an app to its icon in the Dash/Dock.

      8. Topicons — So far,reliably puts icons for older gizmos like Dropbox into the top panel, rather then burying them down in the message tray.

      9. User Themes — Needed to get any themes you might install to work.

      (Also add the Infinality font packages, and use the Ubuntu settings, and install my own favorite fonts.)

    • Victor S. Duncan 11:28 pm on March 9, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      This, I finally got Fedora loaded on my USB Flashdrive & working & I need all the help I can get for my Unix/Linux class at St Louis Community College as well as my Cisco classes when I have to use the CLI to setup switches & routers. I need some links to some good lectures on Youtube or something…HELP…

    • INTJ 3:52 am on March 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      1. “Connection Manager” by sciancio – Simple GUI app for Gnome 3 that provides a menu for initiating SSH/Telnet/Custom Apps connections

      2. “Drop Down Terminal” by zzrough – Drop down terminal toggled by a keystroke (the key above tab by default) for advanced users

      3. “QuickLaunch” by mm – Launch custom made .desktop files from a directory

      4. “Weather” by Neroth – A simple extension for displaying weather information from several cities in GNOME Shell

      5. “Weeks Start on Μonday …” by luciangabor – … or maybe not, and that’s why the start day is configurable in the preferences.

      • jzb 4:33 am on March 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        How does the drop down terminal differ from Guake? I am using that right now…

        • INTJ 3:19 am on March 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply



          I want a terminal that fits in the gnome-shell spirit: elegant, fast, simple, straight to the point.

          It is an extension (easy to install), it provides a nice default shortcut, a fast, but non-disruptive animation, does not consume anything if never used, etc. but it will not get all the features of gnome-terminal, that really is not the point. Use guake or yakuake instead if you want a full-fledged equivalent (albeit looking less integrated).

          … and that’s basically why i use it too. besides, vte3 was already installed by anaconda.

    • Andreas Nilsson 10:09 am on March 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I found the calculator extension quite handy for doing quick calculations.

      Apart from that I would recommend to run with the defaults for a while and get an idea if that feels right for you or not.

    • Leslie Satenstein 2:56 pm on March 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I decided, after exploring the Gnome extensions, to dispense with Gnome 2 as a way to interface to Linux (Fedora 20).
      I found some wonderful tweaks that are worth promoting. Here are the ones I chose.
      a) Appearance — No change
      b) Desktop — On to enable Home, Trash, Mounted Volumes.
      c) Extensions —
      c1) Drop Down Terminal. Wow, what a wonderful extension, I assigned this function to F9 key. When you press F9, a half screen of terminal drops down, and you can setup yum, or whatever and press F9, and it rolls up to run in the background. Want to check on something while you are doing something else, press F9,
      c2) Lock Keys — useful for me as I have a wireless keyboard. I do like to know if the numlock or shiftlock are activated.
      c3) Places status Indicator — It shows the most frequently visited subdirectories. Go there with one click. Saves clicking on “Files” browser, and the use of multiple mouse clicks to descend the directory tree to where you want to end up
      c4) Recent Items (About the same as Frequent, except it is a historical reminder of what I was doing yesterday before I left the system. (Sometimes I get distracted, and it is a great memory aide and shortcut.
      c5) Taskbar — Install this and you will not require Gnome 2 again. I configured Taskbar as follows:
      c51) Tasks on
      c52) Desktop button On
      c53) Workspace Button Off
      c54) Appview Button on
      c55) Favouries on
      c56) Align the selections to your desires
      c57)Settings — No changes
      c58) Tasks — no changes
      c59) Buttons no changes
      c5a) separators — according to your preferences.
      c5b Preview, Misc, Taskbar no change — according to your preferences
      c60 User Themes — No change

      It is best to install places after all the rest. That way it will be located close to Activities icon on the top panel.

      I would like to hear if you have tried my setup. My email is
      lsatenstein at yahoo dot com

    • Leslie Satenstein 3:09 pm on March 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I forgot to mention in the previous tweak, that I was informing you about the tweaktool settings. “Frequent” is the Gnome desktop “Frequent”

    • David 7:12 pm on March 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I recently switched to Gnome from KDE just to try it out. I like the simplicity. What I miss the most in the included applications in KDE. I could not find a default picture viewer for files. I saw Gnome photo, but it does not work for files.

      For extensions, I use caffeine for when I watch movies to prevent the screen from sleeping. It does pretty well auto-detecting when I watch I movies. For things like Google Hangouts, I just click it manually.

      I also added the Advanced Volume Mixer extension to better simulate KMix allowing you to manage volumes by App.

      Also, my ThinkPad has no caps lock indicator. I installed the Lock keys extension to give a good indicator.

      One of the features that I really like is having the message area hidden. I can always use Meta-M to show them.

      I also like the online accounts feature for adding Google Docs and even the calendar for my work (Exchange). Although you can technically do much of it through KDE and its PIM settings, Gnome makes it much easier.

      Overall I like the simple interface. The probably miss the open desktop integration in KDE the most. I often like experimenting with new looks and icons. Gnome makes that overly hard.

    • Adam Williamson 8:44 pm on March 10, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t run any extensions.

      You can get the full date in the panel with tweak-tool, I like that.

      Use the keyboard, it’s really much nicer that way. start+(a few characters from the app name)+enter to run an app. alt-tab to switch apps. I don’t actually look at the overview much at all, myself.

      shift+ctrl+alt+r will start/stop a screencast that’ll be saved in ~/Videos – handy, sometimes.

      GNOME Online Accounts is getting pretty awesome – you can configure various types of accounts and they’ll be integrated into GNOME apps/desktop in some neat ways. e.g. set up an OwnCloud or Google account and you can integrate the calendar and contacts into evolution-data-server, so the Shell itself, Evo, and any other apps that use e-d-s will show your appointments, contacts etc. Nautilus will show your cloud storage. Documents can show…documents from Google. Photos can be integrated from Flickr or Facebook.

      • DAve 2:45 am on March 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks for this! I’ve been looking for the simple key to get going with Gnome and this was it.

    • Paul Frields 1:10 am on March 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      The one extension I like to have is Caffeine. It inhibits the screensaver when I need it, like during presentations. And it’s super simple. Hit the coffee cup, you’re golden. Love it!

  • jzb 3:49 pm on January 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , F20, Fedora, , , , X.org   

    Brief Review: Seiki 4K 39″ TV/Monitor 

    Just a bit ago, I blogged about getting a 4K monitor working on Fedora 20. Now that I’ve had a bit of time with the monitor, I wanted to comment on the experience a little.

    Reviews on various sites really bagged on this monitor’s color/clarity compared to traditional computer monitors. While I don’t doubt discerning users might find flaws in this monitor, it’s just fine for my use case. That is, I spend the day using IRC, a few terminals, Web browser, PDF reader, mail client, and maybe LibreOffice.

    If I’m using any sort of image editing/photo editing software, it’s strictly for cropping and re-sizing. So, honestly, it doesn’t matter to me if things are perfectly color-calibrated or if it’s good for gaming.

    Compared to my 27″ Apple Cinema Display, I’d give it a B- or C+ for picture quality. But a small sacrifice of picture quality is well worth the extra desktop space.

    Daily Use

    The productivity increase I got from the 4K monitor was so great, I finish my work in half the time and have been promoted twice in the last week.

    Uh, OK… not really. But we geeks are always chasing that tiny productivity boost, or searching to zap annoyances in our work day – and I’m happy to say there has indeed been a productivity boost and some zapped annoyances.

    You can’t really quantify the improvement you get from a new setup like this, but if I had to… I’d say it’s 10%, maybe 15% more productive. I find myself spending less times tabbing through things, I can actually have four to six things open at the same time for a task without any need to tab through windows and find something. Example: Planning the Infrastructure.Next events, I can have a few emails or Web browsers open that have speakers’ abstracts, the Lanyrd page for Infrastructure.Next @ SCALE and Infrastructure.Next @ Ghent, a terminal for using middleman to update Red Hat’s Open Source Community blog, and still keep an eye on IRC/IM.


    The 39″ monitor is the same distance as the 27″ monitor, which admittedly is not the best layout ergonomically. The top and far right/left of the monitor are just high/far enough away that it’s slightly uncomfortable. I’d like to push the monitor back about another six to eight inches, but there’s not room on my desk.


    A few annoyances with the setup so far.

    First, the power management and Fedora don’t seem to get along. I had to turn off power management in KDE, because either Fedora was crashing, or the monitor wasn’t waking up again or taking a signal after KDE put the display to sleep.

    The monitor has a sleep feature that kicks in at a regular interval, and the option to turn it off is greyed out in its menu. So, every few hours I get a overlay display on the monitor telling me it’s going to sleep in 60 seconds. So I grab the remote, mash a button, and it stays awake. (Or if I’m not at the computer, I have to power it on again when I get back to the desk.)

    Not a huge deal, but also a bit annoying.

    It has a PC input for sound, but I haven’t found a way to select that input while also using HDMI, which is annoying.

    The only workable input to get the 4K resolution is HDMI. I’d like to use DisplayPort, but that’s not an option for this display. I’ve read a bit about “active” DisplayPort-to-HDMI adapters that might let me use the laptop DisplayPort successfully, and I’m going to try that soon.


    For my use, the positives outweigh the negatives, though I debate whether I should have waited for the Dell 4K monitors. Higher cost, but probably better quality and easier to set up.

    But, you get what you pay for. The Seiki is cheap and available now. It works well enough that I’m sure I’ll get quite a bit of use out of it. Worst case scenario, I could always use it as a TV if 4K ever really becomes a thing for Blu Ray/streaming video and replace it with a Dell or another proper 4K monitor when they become more available.

    If you spend all day at the computer, I’d strongly recommend checking it out.

  • jzb 4:16 pm on January 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , display, Fedora, ,   

    4K and Fedora? 

    Decided that mere 2560×1440 resolution was just not cutting it on the desktop, so I ordered a 39″ Seiki 4K monitor on Amazon. Should be arriving tomorrow. Wondering if anyone else in Fedoraland has set one of these puppies up, and if so – what video card and drivers you’re using?

    I have a Dell dual-Xeon workstation with a nVidia Quadro NVS 295. A bit of googling suggests that it might have trouble driving something with a resolution higher than 2560×1600. Any experience with this video card and Fedora would also be welcome!

    • Gary Scarborough 12:47 am on January 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I just built a system with a Haswell i5 4670 and a Gigabyte GA-Z87X-D3H motherboard. The integrated graphics card will do 4096×2160 @24Hz on the HDMI port according to the manual

      • jzb 4:43 am on January 14, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Have you tested it with Fedora and a 4K monitor?

        • Moochiek 6:16 pm on April 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply

          The Quadro NVS 295 runs at 4K on my Samsung 28″ UHD monitor via DisplayPort, driver version 11/14/2016 (Windows 10 update version).

  • jzb 7:18 pm on December 3, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Debian, Fedora, FOSDEM,   

    FOSDEM Distributions Developer Room: Call for Participation 

    FOSDEM LogoOnce again, FOSDEM will have a cross-distribution miniconference on 1 & 2 February 2014. We’d like to invite submissions of talks, Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions, or round-table discussions from any interested representatives of Linux distributions or individuals who have a topic of interest related to Linux distributions.

    Proposals should be submitted through the FOSDEM proposal system (Pentabarf) here:


    You’ll add your session title, speaker bio, and abstract for the talk. If you’ve presented or submitted at FOSDEM previously, you should have an account in Pentabarf. If you haven’t created an account, but have presented at FOSDEM previously please contact me before creating an account – the odds are you have an account that was created previously by the FOSDEM organizers.

    Deadline for submissions is 22 December 2013. Since we’re on a tight timeline, this is unlikely to be extended.

    In addition to speakers, we also need one moderator for each day, and a video volunteer for each day. The moderator will introduce the speaker, keep time, and pass the microphone around for questions. The video volunteer will handle recording of sessions with provided equipment. (Don’t worry, we’ll also provide training as well.)

    The call for participation is going out a bit late, so please do speak up quickly if you’re interested in participating! Also, please do help spread the word so we can ensure the best possible program for this year’s FOSDEM.

  • jzb 4:39 pm on November 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Apple, Fedora, iOS, OS X   

    Apple’s “Pathological” Approach to Customers 

    I think Lawrence Lessig puts his finger on it pretty well with this post about the problems with Apple’s “communication” strategy about bugs/feature removal in upgrades:

    But the argument I want to advance here is different. It is that in the “hybrid economy” that the Internet is, there is an ethical obligation to treat users decently. “Decency” of course is complex, and multi-faceted. But the single dimension I want to talk about here is this: They must learn to talk to us. In the face of the slew of either bugs or “features” (because as you’ll see, it’s unclear in some cases whether Apple considers the change a problem at all), a decent company would at least acknowledge to the public the problems it identifies as problems, and indicate that they are working to fix it.

    Why is that what decency requires? And why, then, is the pathologically constipated way in which Apple communicates with its customers indecent?

    Because when you see the incredible effort that is being devoted to dealing with these either bugs or features, there is an obvious incredible waste of time and resources that Apple could avoid simply by saying what they know.

    For many users, communication is one of the strongest arguments for open source.

    The fact that the source is open may not make a lick of difference to people who aren’t good with code, and/or are uninterested in spending the time to maintain or add features, or fix bugs. But they can have a direct line of communication with the developers who are working on features. Maybe a project you’re using goes in a direction you don’t like (for example) but at least you see the “WONTFIX” in the bug tracker. With Apple? Who the heck knows?

    Many of the freedoms that are important to open source/free software folks seem like abstractions to non-developers. Apple provides a really good object lesson that shows that there are concrete reasons, beyond just hacking the code, that users should prefer open source.

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