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LinuxFest NorthWest, Fedlet status, Fedora.next work, and more…

I’ve been a bad boy not blogging again; Google+ is just too easy. But it’s also evil, so I’ve signed up for Diaspora again and am hoping it becomes less of a wasteland at some point. It’s gotten a lot smoother in the last two years everyone forgot about it, so give it a look. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fonts and font sizes in Fedora on the internet: hold onto your hats…

So I threw a somewhat disorganized note on some fiddling I’d been doing with my systems’ font configuration on G+ earlier today. Harish Pilay asked for some more detailed notes, so I’m throwing together another gigantic blog post. Hold on to your hats, folks… Fonts in Fedora: fontconfig There’s a rather important library for font […]

Please build this for me: GNOME sync

So, this is really just a random feature request being thrown out to the cold unfeeling lazyweb. But hey, it’s easy to type. GNOME folks, you have GNOME Online Accounts, which is one of the best features of GNOME 3 – a really nice and robust desktop-wide generic mechanism for pulling stuff from and pushing […]

How to do manual multi-boot configuration with Fedora

One thing that always seems to be a pain point with Linux distributions and installers is handling multi-boot. There are some fairly notorious cases, and a lot more less commonly-considered ones which people making distributions and installers nevertheless have to consider. Prior to Fedora 18, you could install Fedora’s bootloader to a partition header, which […]