Posters Matching the Fedora Logo Colors

Máirín did a great job with some generic posters for the Fedora project. After some discussion on the fedora-marketing list she made a second set with more subdued colors. Some people really missed the more vibrant colors, and I sort of fall in between the two camps. Mainly I feel they should adhere to the Fedora brand a bit closer. You should be able to look at any marketing materials from a distance and know without reading them it pertains to the Fedora Project. So I grabbed her original svg and made a version based on the Fedora logo colors. Considering I’m a total beginner at inkscape I’m kind of proud of how they turned out.

Fedora Infinity PosterFedora Fredom PosterFedora Voice Poster

I mean all I did was change a few color values but I can still say “I made this.” Thanks Rahul for pointing me to the font packages I needed so the text would render properly. Here’s my svg for anyone who wants to try some other colors.

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Yahoo Board Rejects Microsoft

yahoo_gives_thumbs_downThings aren’t over yet but round one is over at least. Multiple sources are reporting that the Yahoo board will reject Microsoft‘s hostile take over bid Monday morning. Its looking like thankfully a Microsoft takeover of Yahoo, while not impossible, is unlikely to go through.  Yahoo, has been doing many things right lately and it seems like they’re heading in the right direction for now.  It would be a shame to see that progress reversed.

I’m breathing a big sigh of relief on a personal level simply because I wasn’t looking forward to moving all of my pictures off of flickr. It was going to be a huge amount of work, and I really do like using flickr.

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Lessig on Obama

2008-02-05 Comments off

I’ve been perplexed for some time as to why people have been voting for Hillary Clinton in the primaries. From a purely tactical standpoint she has the least chance of all the Democratic candidates of actually winning the general election. She is simply a divisive candidate that I’ve long felt has a distinct lack of character. Laurence Lessig has posted a video detailing the reasons he supports Barack Obama. As only Lessig can he’s both confirmed my suspicions about Clinton and confirmed my positive impressions of Obama. I had not made the connection between the tactics employed by the Clinton campaign and those employed by Carl Rove as Bush came to power. This is exactly the type of thing that turns me off to politics in general. Do we want to reward this sort of behavior?

I’ve been voting Libertarian for a while now because I’m simply disenfranchised by the whole system. Its been more of a protest vote since both choices have been terrible. Obama has presented me with with the first Democratic candidate I could actually support. Due in no small part to his policy statements on technology issues. More and more its because I’m coming to believe may actually represent a real force for change in American politics.

Chris Ball has posted a transcript of Lessig’s video on his blog.

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Hackergotchi

2008-02-03 Comments off

My First HackergotchiI’ve been meaning to make a hackergotchi for a while now. Problem is I’m the one always taking the pictures. There really aren’t that many pictures of me laying around. Anyway something is better than nothing so here you go.

Its the first real time I’ve tried anything in Gimp. Didn’t turn out too bad as an editing job. Nicu Buculei‘s tutorial on the Fedora Project wiki was very helpful. Now if only the picture were better… 😉

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Linux Quotes

2008-01-28 Comments off

10. “What happens when you read some doc and either it doesn’t answer your question or is demonstrably wrong? In Linux, you say “Linux sucks” and go read the code. In Windows/Oracle/etc you say “Windows sucks” and start banging your head against the wall.”— Denis Vlasenko on lkml

That pretty much sums up how I feel about things as well. The quotes in the comments are pretty good as well.

TECH SOURCE FROM BOHOL: Top 50 Linux Quotes of All Time <: via Free Software News

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Firefox extension for taking screen shots

Screengrab!People keep sending me “screen shots” that turn out to be Microsoft Word documents with web pages pasted in them. Last time I checked screen shots were images not text documents. When I asked them why they didn’t send me an image instead they said $40 was to much to spend on an application just to take pictures once a month with it. Thankfully, there’s a Firefox extension that does this job quite well, works on all platforms, and its free!

Screengrab! is an extension for Firefox that makes it easy to save a web-page as an image. With it, you can save anything that you can see in a browser window – from a small selection, to a complete page.
Basically Screengrab! let’s you take what you want from a web-page: the entire scrollable document, just the visible bit, or a draggable selection. Screengrab will even save just the contents of an individual frame. — Screengrab! website

I use it to grab all my web page screen shots these days. It couldn’t be easier to use. Just click on the Screengrab icon in the bar at the bottom of Firefox, select save and you’re done. Go get it from the Firefox Add-ons site right now! You won’t regret it.

Screengrab! :: Firefox Add-ons

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FUDCon flickr group

2008-01-13 Comments off

FUDCon Raleigh 2008I went ahead and made a public flickr group for the Fedora User and Developer Conference (FUDCon). I took a few pictures at FUDCon Raleigh 2008 (still going on now) and I’m uploading them now. Anyone who has pictures related to any of the FUDCons (past and present) feel free to post your pictures there.

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Thanks Max

Max,

As a long time Fedora user (back when it was called Red Hat) I have been truly been thrilled by the progress on your watch. The most important being overseeing the merger of extras and core. An event that marks the final return of the community to the Fedora project. Something that has been long over due. I credit it in no small way as being pivotal in making Fedora 8 the best release yet. The quality is much higher while the innovation has gotten even faster.

An awful lot of brilliant people worked really hard to make this happen. That is the hardest part of your job. Having to diplomacy to find the common ground when truly intelligent people disagree (they are probably both right in a way) Helping convince the business types at Red Hat to return the philosophies that made the company great to start with. Bringing people together is no small skill.

Even way you’re handling this next step shows your class and consideration for all involved. I’m sorry to see you stepping down, but I understand needing a break from such a demanding job. By building on the efforts of your predecessors and welcoming the efforts of new users you’re leaving some very big shoes to fill.

Thank You,

Russell

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Linux for a Greener World

2007-12-10 Comments off

Would you believe that everyone switching away from Windows could have a profound effect on the environment? According to the California Environmental Protection Agency there could be several beneficial side effects of switching. Not the least of which is potentially 50% less e-waste generated from all those users upgrading their computers just so they can run Vista.

Source: CNN Eco Solutions < via: David Nielsen

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Do you really want to kill the baby seal

Taken from the Fedora Fix Wakeups feature wiki page. It made me a chuckle.

With the introduction of a tickless kernel, any extraneous wakeups cause more power to be used, drain batteries, produce more heat, and use more natural resources, threatening the environment of this baby seal.

Awwww, isn't he cute?

Do you really want to kill the baby seal?

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