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#+TITLE: Goose Project
#+DATE: <2012-09-01>

Earlier this year I was at South East Linux Fest in Charlotte NC, and
listened to a talk by Clint Savage (Herlo) about a new Enterprise Linux
rebuild project that he was working on. The goal of the project was to
make a community based enterprise rebuild that operates very similar to
Fedora. I was intrigued, like most people the giant gap between RHEL 6
and CentOS 6 was frustrating to me; the idea of a community run
enterprise distro sounded great.

The question was how can I help? The answer was "What are you good at?"
Since GoOSe is just getting off the ground they need help all over.
Naturally I started working on documentation stuff, but because its a
small community the team needed someone with PostgreSQL experience so I
started helping with that as well.

What I am doing is not the point of this post. The point I am trying to
make is that in a large community like Fedora, it can be hard to find a
task that interests you, someone is already packaging your favorite
stuff, or people are working on infrastructure you know and it can be
intimidating to try and jump in.

GoOSe is a new project and there is plenty of stuff for people to work
on. It is also a small group of people working on it at them moment
which makes it that much easier to get acquainted and feel comfortable
working with the group.

If this sounds interesting to you, or you want to hear more jump in
#gooseproject on freenode, or visit the website. You can also see source
code on github

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#+TITLE: Thank you, Seth
#+DATE: <2013-07-17>

I don't really have the words to say this, so I will just link to Red
Hats post. This was sad news indeed.

Collaboration and community are truly at the heart of everything Red Hat
does. Seth Vidal, a longtime member of the Fedora Project and Red Hat's
Fedora team, espoused these values and represented the best of open
source. He was a lead developer of the yum project, the software package
manager used by Fedora, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and other RPM-based
distributions. He played a significant role in the Fedora infrastructure
team, working tirelessly to keep the lights on and leading the efforts
to make building and managing third-party package repositories easy for
Fedora developers. With permission from Seth's loved ones, it is with
great sadness that we share that Seth died tragically on July 8. The
entire Red Hat family extends our sympathies to Seth's family and
friends during this difficult time. In the last 24 hours, Red Hatters
from around the world have expressed their condolences and remembered
Seth on memo-list, Red Hat's infamous internal mailing list where Seth
himself was a regular and passionate contributor. We've seen Seth
described as funny, smart, charming, sometimes opinionated, and always a
fervent supporter of open source. Seth's contributions span far and wide
in the open source community, and his impact will live on through the
millions of people around the world who touch open source each day.
Thank you, Seth, for everything you contributed to open source, to
Fedora, and to Red Hat. We will miss you, and you will never be

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#+TITLE: Android Security
#+DATE: <2013-10-14>

As a reminder, Android is open source but is not a community project;
there is a difference. Please try and submit a patch for this and see
how far it gets you.

Some time ago, I was adding secure authentication to my APRSdroid app
for Amateur Radio geolocation. While debugging its TLS handshake, I
noticed that RC4-MD5 is leading the client's list of supported ciphers
and thus wins the negotiation. As the task at hand was about
authentication, not about secrecy, I did not care.
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#+DATE: <2014-03-28>

The Fedora Docs team recently held a Fedora Activity Day (FAD) and I
think it was a big success. Late last year the team was talking about
how to make it easier for new people to contribute to Docs, and after a
lot of great discussion it was decided that we should get together to
find a solution. Since the team is spread out all over the global we had
two meeting locations linked by video conference. One group was located
at Red Hat's headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina and the other was
in Brno, Czech Republic, with a few others (like me) joined in from home
to as well.

As the date of the FAD approached more tasks where added to the list,
and while we initially wanted to talk about new contributors, several
other tasks also got completed. Over the course of three days we worked
of the following tasks.

- A mentoring program
- Videos for new contributors
- The Documentation Guide
- Docs Office Hours
- The new publican site
- Plans for handling Docs in the world

** Contributors
In order to help people get started in working on Fedora documentation
the team has committed to several tasks. Firstly we are going to revive
the mentorship process, this means that when someone shows interest in
helping work on documentation someone from the Docs team is going to
work with them to make sure they have the tools and skills needed to get
things done. While we have always try and help people as a group,
assigning new members a single point of contact will help people to fell
more comfortable asking questions start out strong. Along with the
mentoring we have started to allocate time each week for members of the
team to be available on IRC to answer questions. Starting this week we
have office hours set for Thursdays from 1800-1900 UTC and Sundays
between 1500-1600 UTC.

** Docs Website
With the migration to Publican 4, we are also working on refreshing The new site is built using RPMs for each guide
and will allow the team to refresh documents quicker and easier. Over
the course of the FAD Jared, Pete, and Nick did a lot of work to get
that new infrastructure working.

** Guides
Several people worked on improvements to guides during the course of the
FAD as well. The Documentation Guide received a lot of attention, adding
information from the style guide along with numerous other updates.

In order to make sure we keep up with the changes happening around
Fedora, the group has decided to send a representative from Docs to each
Working Groups meetings. Jared will be working with the Cloud group,
Pete with the Workstation group, and I will be working with the Server
group. Additionally, we have added a section to the release notes to
highlight the changes in each product.

** Conclusion
I was very happy with the outcome of this FAD, and hope that it will
revitalize the Documentation team. The action items we have for work
should help the team to stay focused on what needs to be done, and that
should allow us to create better documentation for Fedora as we go
forward. Thanks to Red Hat for providing space for the FAD, and to
everyone who participated.

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#+TITLE: That second F
#+DATE: <2014-04-02>

I have been using Fedora for a long time, what started out as the simple
usage of an operation system turned into a passion for a great
community. I have always thought that the 4 Fs of Fedora where a catchy
yet honest representation of the project, but recently the 2nd F has had
a whole new meaning to me.

In January my wife and I had our third child who was born with several
medical problems. I made a passing comment to someone about it in IRC
and I have been blown away by the amount of support I have received
since that time. Someone once told me that users are great but making
users contributors is what strengthens the Fedora Project. If Fedora had
all the users in the world, but no new contributors where being added
everything would fall apart.

That idea is obvious and true, but now more than ever I see how
important the idea of friends are to the community. Over the years I
have made many friends in the Fedora community and that has only
strengthened my passion for Fedora. When you receive so much support
from people who you only talk to online, in a time of need, it is an
amazing thing. People I do not normally talk to regularly reached out to
me to offer support or sometimes just to talk. I think that the amount
of support I have from members of the Fedora community may have been
better than what I had from people I deal with in person on a daily

This post is not to talk about my issues, my son is doing better, it is
to highlight all of the amazing people we have working on Fedora every
day. Fedora is made up of a wonderful community of smart and helpful
people. While I think that freedom, features, and being first are all
valuable attributes for Fedora to aim for, to me the friendship is the
most important.

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#+TITLE: Tony "Mr. Padre" Gwynn
#+DATE: <2014-06-17>

Yesterday Tony Gwynn died, as a child of San Diego and a Padres fan my
whole life it was a shock and a blow. I normally don't think about the
deaths of famous people but Tony Gwynn was a class act and a great
member of the San Diego community.

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#+TITLE: Pintail Talk
#+DATE: <2016-08-16 09:28:00 -0400>

In case you are not following me on twitter, and I don't know why you
would be. [[][Here is the
talk]] that [[][Shaun]] gave at