The Dell XPS 13 (Ivy Bridge generation) trackpad (Cypress) and Linux (synaptics)

Wow, this makes me happy! edit: If you have an XPS 13 of the current-gen Haswell variety – or an XPS 12, or possibly other similar Dell systems – you aren’t affected by this issue. You may also have trackpad weirdness on such systems, but it’s not this bug, it’s a different one. If you […]

Fedlet news, .next work, and Marie Nordin is amazing

Long time no blog, but I had to blog my admiration for the work Marie Nordin has done on Fedora Badges as part of her OPW internship. Just look at that list – and all amazingly high quality work, too. Congratulations and thanks a lot to her. I wish I’d had more time to help […]

Presenting…Fedlet, and it’s my anniversary(ish)

So, today’s headline news: I finally stopped foot-dragging and put up a public image of Fedlet, my Fedora remix for Bay Trail based tablets. If you have a Dell Venue 8 Pro, Lenovo Miix2, or Toshiba Encore, you can go to that link, grab the live image, and give it a shot. If you have […]

More on booting: a practical Fedora UEFI guide, and don’t use “universal” USB stick writers

Yesterday I penned another tome on UEFI. In contrast to my blog post, this is more of a practical guide to installing Fedora on UEFI-capable systems: it doesn’t go into the technical details of how UEFI works, it’s more just about what you should and shouldn’t do when installing Fedora to UEFI-capable systems in various […]

Good morning: bugfixing and thinking about Fedora.next

Well, this has been one of the best mornings I’ve had for a while. I spent a couple of hours tracking down a rather subtle issue between OwnCloud, Google’s PHP client library, and Google itself – required me to bump up my PHP skills further and learn/remember some stuff about HTML entities, so yay self-improvement! […]

Coming in Fedora 21: more installer partitioning improvements

So I’ve been running some installs with Rawhide images lately, and the anaconda team has already landed some really nice changes to the partitioning workflow which I think will make some of those unhappy with newUI…less unhappy. So here, take a look at them! Here’s the first shiny new change: this is the ‘disk selection’ […]

UEFI boot: how does that actually work, then?

It’s AdamW Essay Time again! If you’re looking for something short and snappy, look elsewhere. Kamil Paral kindly informs me I’m a chronic sufferer of Graphomania. Always nice to know what’s wrong with you. You’ve probably read a lot of stuff on the internet about UEFI. Here is something important you should understand: 95% of […]

Miscellaneous stuff: gedit configuration

Another thing I mentioned on G+ lately, and thought I’d throw in here: gedit configuration. I’ve been using gedit for years in pretty much its dead stock configuration, which is more or less ‘notepad clone mode’. It’s very, very basic. You get some highlighting if you open a file it recognizes as some kind of […]

SELinux RPM bug, QA tasks during pre-F21 quiet time

So, as you may well have read by now, over the weekend a rather unfortunate bug in Fedora 20 cropped up. A stray change in an selinux-policy update, intended for Rawhide, mistakenly wound up in F20, and caused package transactions to fail once it had been installed, if SELinux was in enforcing mode. This was […]

Fonts on the web: how’s that work, then?

I wrote an extremely long post about this, then decided to cut it down to the bare essentials, heavily based on Firefox. So here ya go. The Basics There is a sort of ‘tug of war’ between you (and your browser) and any given website, when you visit it, about what fonts will be used […]