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Marie Grace Gaffud Antonio is an Open Source advocate working with Bluepoint Foundation as Executive Director and Director of Operations. Magie and Engels are proud parents of Psylocke & Phoenix.
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"God gave us two ends. One to sit on and one to think with. Success depends on which one you use; heads you win -- tails, you lose."

- Anonymous
Seth Vidal (1976-2013)
Tuesday, Jul 9, 2013, 3:31 PM


The Fedora Project has lost a valued, longtime member of its community. Seth Vidal died last night, July 8.

Seth was a lead developer of yum and the update repository system, and a contributor to the CentOS project as well as the original Fedora Extras system. He worked tirelessly on the infrastructure for the Fedora Project to make all systems work well and consistently for our contributors around the world. He was a gifted speaker, a brilliant thinker, a clever wit, a humble and genuinely funny person, and a good friend.

The Fedora community owes an enormous debt of gratitude to Seth's dedication to Fedora and other free software projects, his commitment to community values, and his passion for excellence in his work. To say he will be missed is an understatement. He has been a colleague, a team member, a source of wisdom and advice, and above all, a friend and inspiration to countless people in the Fedora community over the past decade. His seminal and invaluable work in Fedora and free software will live on for years to come, and the legacy of his spirit will stay with the community, and with many of us individually, forever.

Our thoughts are with his partner Eunice, the rest of his family, and Seth's many friends and coworkers.

I know that many members of the Fedora community will want to personally share their condolences. We'll provide further information as soon as it is available.


Robyn Bergeron
Fedora Project Leader
Fedora Ambassadors Philippines
Sunday, Feb 24, 2013, 1:21 AM

Fedora 18 Release Party
Fedora 18 Spherical Cow
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012, 3:54 PM

Fedora 18 comes with a redesigned installer and Gnome 3.6 desktop which will require further testing before a release. Earlier, the alpha release was delayed due to stability issues. The next beta will come out on 30th October while the stable release is scheduled on 4th December this year.

The Top Features Of Fedora 18 "Spherical Cow"
Posted by Michael Larabel on August 07, 2012

With Fedora 18 entering its feature freeze and branching today, here's a rundown of some of the most interesting features to be found in this next Fedora release.

Fedora 18 is codenamed the Spherical Cow and is scheduled to be released in November with features including:

- A preview of a new package manager for Fedora. DNF is the new experimental package manager for Fedora 18 that's currently a fork of Yum 3.4. With DNF is also Hawkey, a new package management library built atop libsolv. DNF uses a SAT solver for dependency resolving, strict API definitions for plug-ins and extending projects, a leaner code-base than Yum, and is expected to offer better performance on a smaller memory foot-print. DNF will be installed alongside Yum in Fedora 18 so it's left up to the user to choose which package management implementation they wish. RPM will also be at version 4.10 in Fedora 18.

- 256 color terminals by default, finally. Right now the terminal has just been limited to displaying eight different colors.

- Cloud computing improvements with the availability of Eucalyptus, introducing Heat, OpenStack Folsom, and other improvements.

- A new Anaconda installer user-interface to improve the Fedora installation experience. They also hope to improve the initial setup experience for the Spherical Cow.

- Offline system updates via systemd and PackageKit.

- A QXL/SPICE KMS driver for use with QEMU/KVM virtualization and some of the server chipsets will feature KMS drivers too.

- Updated desktops with KDE SC 4.9, Xfce 4.10, Sugar 0.98, GNOME 3.6, etc.

- Secure Boot support so that Fedora Linux can play well with retail PCs that are certified for Microsoft Windows 8.

Other Fedora 18 features are detailed at length on the Fedora Project Wiki.
Fedora 16, Verne Is Out!
Wednesday, Nov 9, 2011, 7:42 PM
The Fedora Project is pleased to announce the release of Fedora 16 (Verne)

Dedicated to Dennis Ritchie
During the preparation of Fedora 16, the computing world lost one of its great contributors: Dennis Ritchie. Ritchie co-invented Unix and the C language. He also co-authored "The C Programming Language", a book that taught many programmers just at the time personal computing was exploding. Without Ritchie computing would be nothing like it is today.

A humble man, not well-known outside his field, Dennis will always be remembered by those of us who practice the craft. Thank you Dennis.

http://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/Fedora/16/html/Release_Notes/
HB 1011: Free/Open Source Act of 2010
Tuesday, Oct 4, 2011, 4:10 PM
Engels and I were invited by the Committee in Information & Communications Technology of the House of Representatives to today's public hearing for House Bill 1011 aka FOSS Act of 2010.

The hearing was chaired by Congressman Freddie Tinga, who openly supported Open Source.

I hope that a cleaner and more polished version of this bill gets passed into law.
Fedora Ambassador Meeting
Monday, Nov 16, 2009, 11:09 PM

Just got back from a productive meeting of minds with Red Hat's Mel Chua and fellow Fedora Ambassadors Herson Pagcaliwagan and Engels Antonio. We capped the night with coffee and tea after a Pinoy dinner treat at a resto in UP-Ayala Techno Hub.

mchua | azneita | magie | engels
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