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PSA: Use Fedup 0.8 for Fedora 20 upgrades

Welp, turns out there was one last (I hope!) brown paper bag bug for Fedora 20: fedup 0.7, which was in the Fedora 18 and 19 stable repos today, can’t successfully upgrade to Fedora 20 any more. It certainly could last time we tested it, so this has blindsided us a bit, or else we’d […]

Fedora 20, and other stories

Well, it’s nearly the big day: Fedora 20 will be released tomorrow. It was another somewhat chaotic release here in Fedora QA, and I’m currently firing off proposals to try and improve things for us in future at a high rate of knots, but if you don’t peer into the factory I think you’ll probably […]

Update on Fedora 20 GNOME Shell memory consumption

An update to my prior post‘s numbers on memory consumption: it seems a large chunk of the apparent increase in GNOME Shell’s memory usage in Fedora 20 is, somehow, related to the fact that I tested in a VM. Testing on metal does not reproduce the same numbers: I see 173MB for Shell in top, […]

Some comparisons between Fedora 13, 15, 17, 19 and 20

It’s all a bit quiet around Fedoraland today with U.S. Thanksgiving happening. So I took some hours out today to do some comparisons of a few key things between a bunch of Fedora releases: 13, 15, 17, 19 and 20. Let’s take a look at the numbers, Jim! All the raw data is available here. […]

The problem with systemd/Red Hat conspiracy theories: Red Hat does not own systemd

Getting really tired of the ‘systemd is Red Hat’s plot to…(anything you like here)’ meme. Look, folks. Here is the canonical location for systemd source, the fount of the project. You will note that it is on freedesktop.org – not a location owned by Red Hat. Let’s look at a core systemd file. What does […]

The Fedlet, revived (or, Fedora Linux on a Dell Venue 8 Pro – “Bay Trail”)

I’ve always thought it’d be kinda cool to be able to run Fedora on a tablet. There are some others who’d like this too, and we’ve had the ‘Fedora Mini’ and ‘Fedora Mobility’ sub-projects sort of targeting this in the past, but we never really quite got there. I call this mythical tablet on which […]

Keyboard layouts in Fedora 20 (and previously)

I spent some time this week trying to help clean up the behaviour of Fedora 20 in regard to keyboard layouts, so I thought I’d write it up here. And write a (Fairly) Short History of Fedora Keyboard Input, while I’m at it. In Linux, keyboard input at the console and X levels is actually […]

Power management Test Day tomorrow (2013-11-14)

Coming up tomorrow – or today, depending on your region! – we have the final scheduled Test Day of the Fedora 20 cycle, power management Test Day! This is another recurring event, where we test out power management functions across as broad a range of hardware as possible. Just about anyone can easily contribute to […]

PSA: Back up your router configuration

So as we finally signed off on Fedora 20 Beta this morning (with so much handwaving I felt like my shoulder was about to come off at the joint), and I looked forward to a slightly quiet morning… …my router spontaneously decided to reset itself to factory settings. That. That. Did not. Amuse. Me. This […]

Fedora 20 KDE 4.11 Test Day, and Fedora 20 Beta RC5 validation

First off, we have another Test Day coming up: tomorrow (or today, for a few of you!), Thursday 2013-11-07, is KDE 4.11 Test Day. We have a good set of test cases ready in the awesome Test Day results app, we have a custom live image with KDE 4.11.3 packages included, and we’ll have QA […]