What have I been up to?

Things have quieted down on the livecd-tools front — it is mostly to a point where it's pretty stable and works fairly well. Also, I did not run for election to either the Board or FESCo this time around. Instead, I've tried to free up my time a bit so that I can spend more time looking into some “new and different” things, while still managing to spend most of my time on Fedora.

And after some time looking, it's mostly ending up being spending time helping to get Fedora working better on various “small” form-factor x86 machines. I sent out a message to fedora-devel-list about two weeks ago now seeing who else was interested and got a bit of a gamut of responses. Some were right along the lines of what I'm thinking with things such as Netbooks, UMPCs, MIDs and the XO. Others were more things like the OpenMoko. And while the latter is perhaps interesting to Fedora in the longer-term, it's not really a space that we're well equipped to work in at present.

So basically, I'm hoping to spend time in the lead-up to Fedora 10 helping to make Fedora work as well as possible on some of this hardware. Luckily, a lot of the drivers for these devices have made it into Linus's tree for 2.6.27, so this will be a lot less painful than it would have been previously.

I'm also spending some time with the OLPC people to help reconcile some of the forks which have occurred. I've spent some time over the past couple of days helping to get a live image which is bootable using the stock livecd-creator and booting into the “normal” Fedora environment. I also started a little while ago on helping to get more Sugar activities packaged up so that they can be built and installed as normal packages within Fedora.

Now, how are these things related you might ask? Well, longer term, I think that it could make a lot of sense to have a spin of Fedora available which is better suited for some of these smaller form-factor, internet always available devices. The idea being that with the resolutions in question, you may well not want to be running a stock GNOME or KDE. Instead, something like Sugar really is nicer, although there are definitely rough edges on Sugar right now. So maybe these new emerging form-factor devices can give a good additional place for Sugar to be deployed and used. And more people using Sugar means more people writing Sugar activities which means more things for the kids 🙂 But, that's likely Fedora 11 before it becomes a reality.

2 thoughts on “What have I been up to?”

  1. Sugar on subs

    A lot of people here at UTOSC seemed interested in the idea of extending Sugar to the subnotebook range. Many of them definitely agreed that the interfaces we use on a 1024×768 or 1280×800 do not work at all on 800×480 or the like.

  2. KDE and small form factor devices

    FYI, there’s a lot of work being done in upstream KDE 4 for devices with a small form factor, not just devices like the OLPC XO or the Asus EeePC, but also PDAs and even smartphones. There was a GSoC project by Marijn Kruisselbrink on this topic this year, he got Plasma working fairly well on such devices, and there are also several other interested developers (especially now that Nokia handed out 100 N800 PDAs for free at Akademy 😉 ).

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