Moving to

Although I'll keep the account, this is my last blog post from my Live Journal account. It's a great service, and I appreciated the serendipity it has brought me. I'm consolidating my activities under one domain, Ironically, it was the fact that my preferred nick 'quaid' was taken on Live Journal that led the invention of "i, quaid" as a blog name.

Following this post, I'll be having my feed on the Fedora Planet updated to the "Fedora" category at After that, I can post as much as I want in other categories and not have it all appear on the Fedora Planet. :)

If for some strange reason you are watching my blog individually, go ahead and change your feed now.

One reason for radio silence from this blog for so long is I have been busy building up the developer content portal at Red Hat, called Dev Fu. We are just beginning to pull the veil off that project. It is also run in a blog format, using Lyceum, which is developed in sync with WordPress. I now run the same blog engine for my personal and work writing.

From a writer standpoint, I've been incubating and preparing to be writing a lot more. Somehow it seemed necessary to go quiet in my blog for a while, then start off the unveiling of Dev Fu with a change in my personal blogging.

From an editor-in-chief standpoint, the fun is just beginning. Check out the first article we published, Continuing the Conversation -- Understanding Seam Nested Conversations.

Wow, I really am fat and talk too fast

When speaking in public, I have to make a conscious effort to slow down when I speak. Mostly I fail, but trying makes somewhat of a difference. Somewhere in the middle of making this video with Matt Domsch and Jack Aboutboul, I realized I was yammering at a parsec a second; I tried to slow down, but it was too late. Jack, at least, comes across coherently.

The full blog post about the Dell crew adventures at LinuxWorld San Francisco 2007 is found here.

As for the fat part, well, it's true. But in that video, with my five-minute-out-of-the-wrapper Fedora t-shirt hanging over my belt, I look about 250 pounds and ready to Weeble(TM)-wobble over Jack and Matt. Especially at the end where I transfer the mic to Jack and have to stand close because the wireless rig was hooked to my belt.

Anyway, the video definitely makes me look heavier than I am, but it doesn't lie. A friend is going to pass me an Xtracycle, which just needs a new (used) pair of forks. I do lots of walking and eat a great diet, but getting heart hammering and fat burning aerobic exercise is too rare -- new bike just for me should help with that. Cross those chubby fingers!

Where are my West Coast Fedorans?

Just curious what is going on with Ambassadors and Fedora friends, users, and developers out here on the West Coast?

Are there many of you? What would get you to come to LinuxWorld San Francisco to contribute to the Fedora presence? How about OSCON? SCALE?

This year the booth is better than ever (OGG video of the booth). We are co-operating with Creative Commons, and it's nice to have such excellent booth mates.

But the sum total of Fedorans staffing this booth is two: Jack and me. It's cozy, but we have more room. There is lots to talk about. I've answered more OLPC questions than anything, so it doesn't even require technical expertise. Just enthusiasm and a wee bit of patience.

CC Live Content and other fun stuff [Live from LinuxWorld]

Creative Commons Live CD

A few weeks ago I got to hear about the CC Live Content CD we're presenting here at LinuxWorld. It is a Fedora-based distribution that includes tools for creating and sharing content. Lots of attention here at the booth. I got some video of the developer who put the Live CD together form a technical side, and I'm going to hit the content people a bit later. I'm really interested in that side of thing personally. When I get something edited out of those, I'll post at least the Fedora-specific remix.

Here is some raw video of the Fedora/Creative Commons booth. This video is under the CC BY-SA, and if you want to convert it into an OGG, please do so. Send me a copy (or a link to one), and I'll host and post about it. Darn slow connection at LinuxWorld makes it hard to 'yum install' a video encoder.

We're all in some pretty distinguished company. :)

Matt Domsch and the Dell Linux Video Blog

Matt, who is a fellow Fedora Project Board and a Dell Linux architect, was cruising around with a cameraman, and still managing to keep it real on the Dell Linux blog. He stopped Jack and I, and we talked about the strides Fedora has made as an open project. I personally talked about, Transifex, and the Fedora Localization (L10N) project in general. These are projects that comprise the Localization Feature of Fedora 8. All of this is happening as part of Fedora's participation in the Google Summer of Code.

Jack then talked about Fedora's focus on open build tools and live media creation, and talked in some detail about the CC Live Content CD.

General Show Impression

I've definitely seen it more packed, but it is still pretty busy and a premier show. Always a mix of new and old users; some people need basic explanations of what open source is or what Fedora is; some people have very advanced questions and ideas. That is the way at the Fedora booth. Fewer apologies for past mistakes to make this year, but there are no new apologies for current situations.

When I got here this morning, there was a cluster of people in the central area, and then many folks outside of that. The central area is right inside the main doors, and all the BIG VENDORS who spend BIG BUCKS have their booths there. That is where Red Hat used to be before we decided to focus our attention on the next generation through Red Hat Summit and FUDCons.

In that core, the ratio of booth workers to attendees was pretty good. I'd guess about 1.5 attendees for every booth staffer. Out on the fringes a bit, and the situation changes a bit. The smaller players have a lot of staffers, and not as many attendees. That was around 11 am this morning.

In the .Org Pavilion, which is strangely curtained off, the ratio of attendees is far greater than booth staffers; probably around 3:1, depending.

It still feels as if having a booth at LinuxWorld makes a vendor relevant to a whole group of people. Is that the only group there is? What does a vendor lose not being here? I'm curious if others who attend LWCE think that Red Hat should be here, or maybe we should push our Fedora presence even more.

Attn: Content Management Geeks

Now is the time to weigh in on the next generation of the Fedora Documentation Publishing Platform. JonathanSteffan is running this as his Summer of Code project.

This opening thread and especially this new thread on fedora-docs-list are where the discussions are happening so far.

Our goal is to enable 10x the current number of people to be active publishers of formal Fedora content.

Out goal is to make writing, editing, translating, and publishing content for Fedora fun, easy, and profitable.

If you have any insights in to how we should define our custom workflow and how we might want to tweak the default workflow in Plone, please join the discussion.

Understanding the differences between the Fedora Board and FESCo

There is a lot of traffic in Fedora blogs these weeks about the upcoming elections for the Fedora Project Board (FPB) and the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee (FESCo). As a newly about-to-be-inducted FPB member, and someone who runs an equivalent steering committee (FDSCo), I can help shed some light on the differences between the bodies.

My objectives -- to make clear the distinction between these bodies; to interest some of you to run for election in one or both groups; to convince all of you to vote and care.

The Board sets the direction and strategic goals. FESCo oversees the implementation of those goals.

JoshBoyer had an example on #fedora-devel the other morning:

< jwb> ... board says "we need to put Fedora on cell phones". FESCo goes and oversees the adaptation required for that

An actual historical example was when the Board decided, "We need to get Core out of RHT internal build and merge it with Extras in an external, free-for-all build environment anyone can contribute to." FESCo made that happen -- defined tactically how it was to be done, then did it.

Who might be interested in running for which position?

* FESCo -- anyone who wants to influence the direction of how Fedora moves forward
* FPB -- anyone who wants to influence the direction of where Fedora chooses to move forward to

Another example -- the Board is Thomas Jefferson, while FESCo are Lewis and Clark.

Enough? Nominate yourself for FPB and/or FESCo.

Took a while to grow on me ...

Fact: I'm typically not an early adopter, except in the sense that my entire life is in early adopter mode. What I really mean is, although I exist in a world of visionaries creating new and returning old methodologies, I often wait for things to mature a bit before I commit to a change. Bit of a fogey in that way.

It's no surprise that I haven't taken to the new range of social software, mainly for a whole bunch of reasons. So much to manage with so little benefit, unless I have the gobs of time of a teenager or bored office worker. Coincidentally, I think these are the same problems that Mugshot set out to avoid or solve (or both.) And I'm finding it is working for me.

Maybe it's just that I waited for it all to mature a bit. :)

It makes me happy that it's so easy to mash together a feed from Pandora and make it pop up on Mugshot really is doing the job I need it to; helping me to pull together my stuff and other people's stuff in a way that is above (meta) the common feed-ing rabble.

Getting a Pandora music feed into Mugshot

The hack with Mugshot is to create a new group, and use that to group feeds together. I guess I have a classical view of a group as "something you invite people to", and I suppose I _am_ inviting people to view this content, so it can be a grouping. Whatever.

It hasn't worked entirely right, yet anyway. I created a new group "I, Quaid", for the sole purpose of getting it to appear in my Mugshot page stacker. It also appears in my Mini Mugshot on Instant home page, thanks.

I started this because I wanted to give out a feed of some great songs I'm listening to, without overwhelming by giving a continuous feed. *yawn* Pandora lets me bookmark a song or artist as I'm listening to it, and I added those as feeds into the new group. So far, my Mugshot client stacker is working fine, as is the one on my Mugshot page. The mini/badge isn't picking up the songs yet, but I'm hopeful. :)

End of "I didn't know about that change!?!" for Fedora development (?)

Yes, my subject is quite certain that maybe possibly it could be the end of some of the squabbling and misunderstandings amongst Fedora's developers and packagers. Because I have so much trust in my fellow humans, I can say with something almost like sureness that we'll see this problem addressed ... in our lifetime ...

But anyway, Warren Togami announced a good step in the right direction:

Fedora-Devel-Announce is Now Open

Go subscribe. Especially if you have ever missed a small or large change in Fedora development that mattered to you. If this list fails to announce something in the future, just think of all the ground for grievance you'll have!