On Snappy and Flatpak: business as usual in the Canonical propaganda department

NOTE: this post is entirely personal. The opinions are my own and do not represent Fedora or Red Hat. The facts, however, are all 100% truthy. 😉 Just to make it 100% clear for any visiting journalists etc. who don’t know me: I work for Red Hat, on Fedora. I am not unbiased and am […]

Monospace fonts and freetype emboldening: a follow-up

Last week I wrote about some font stuff, mentioning along the way that it was prompted by an issue in freetype. If a font has no native bold version, Freetype can produce one algorithmically when an app asks for bold text. This mechanism makes the glyphs wider. This is a bit of a problem for […]

FreeIPA: setting polkit / PolicyKit rules for users (make your user a polkit administrator on your clients)

Yup, it’s another FreeIPA post! One thing you might notice if you move your main user account to FreeIPA is that your client systems don’t consider the user to be an ‘administrator’ for polkit (formerly known as PolicyKit) purposes. That is, when you run anything that uses PolicyKit for privilege escalation, you are prompted for […]

FreeIPA for amateurs: why?

You may have noticed I’ve posted a bit about FreeIPA recently, and also when I first set it up. Other smart folks have blogged about using FreeIPA before (note some of those links are old and refer to bugs that have long since been fixed, and workflows that have been long since improved – the […]

Yak shaving, again: ownCloud 7 for Fedora 20, and TLS/SSL certificate generation in Fedora and Red Hat

Introduction I seem to have been setting yak shaving world records all over the place this week. This last one has been particularly fun, though. I’ve been working on and off all week on my ownCloud testing deployment kickstarts. These are kickstarts that can be used to deploy completely configured and working (though highly insecure) […]

Fedora 21 GNOME Test Day today!

Hey folks! Apologies for the late notice, but this crept up on me while I fiddled with mail server configurations…today (that is, 2014-08-28) is GNOME Test Day! We’ll be testing GNOME 3.14 pre-release on Fedora 21 pre-Alpha, so I expect everything will work absolutely perfectly and no-one will find any bugs at all 😉 But […]

Adding application-specific passwords to Dovecot when using system user accounts

I was looking to add application-specific passwords to my Dovecot-based mail server today. That is, allow login to my mail account using multiple passwords, and create new passwords that would be used only by a particular client. The idea is that you configure, say, each of your laptops and phones to use a different password […]

Flock 2014, and other happenings

I had a really great time at this year’s Flock in Prague. As always it was a packed event with a really positive and productive vibe – clusters of people all over the place hacking on things. I posted a lot about it on YAY Diaspora and BOO Google+, but here’s a long-form post-event wrap-up. […]

Flock 2014

I’m here at Flock 2014 in Prague, currently watching Christian Schaller’s talk on the future of Fedora Workstation. It’s been a fun conference so far, and you can watch livestreams of (I think) all the talks here. I’ve been trying to use Diaspora more lately, and I’m updating as I go on my account. Join […]

Downtime: impending

Looks like I’ll be doing the big router / modem move in about five minutes. Be down for a few minutes if all goes well, or for rather longer if it all explodes (as no doubt it will)…