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The SnowBird Linux Project has been rebooted. It’s been two and half years since I last released a version as I had taken a new challenge but with the sad state of repositories which enhance the standard release of Fedora, I’m at it again. The latest release is based on Fedora 24 with all the goodies [applications, desktop tweaks, multimedia and hardware support] without relying on RPMFusion thanks to the awesome work of Slaanesh. This guy rocks and I have to put it on record. The release is well tested and I’m using it for daily activities but there are a few quirks which do not in any way affect the stability/usability [cosmetics & Anaconda] which I plan to fix in due course. Fedora 24 is releasing tomorrow and I may well push out a release candidate for the community to test before releasing a Gold image.

If you’re interested in helping with the review, download the ISO from SourceForge @ https://sourceforge.net/projects/snowbird/files/nightly/24/

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Misha - SBL 20

SnowBird Linux 20 (Misha)

SnowBird Labs is pleased to announce the release of SnowBird Linux 20 (“Misha”) based on Fedora 20 (“Heisenbug”). This release coincides with the 10th anniversary of the creation of the Fedora Project, Xmas and first anniversary of SnowBird Labs, so it calls for a triple celebration.

SnowBird Linux 20 is built on top of the Linux 3.11 kernel, sports the Gnome 3.10 desktop and an improved Network Manager. Gnome 3.10 brings quite a few new features, applications and a significant visual refreshing change to the desktop. The first noticeable change is the new look of the windows. Gnome 3.10 features a new “Header Bar”, which collapses a window’s title bar and toolbar into a single element, saving a bit of vertical screen space and giving Gnome windows a slightly less cluttered look.

These visual refreshes are felt throughout Gnome 3.10, but nowhere as noticeable as in the file browser, Nautilus which looks slick and clutter free. Perhaps the best visual tweak in Gnome 3.10 is the new system menu that, like so much of the Gnome interface, is designed to be clean and simple, staying out of the way until needed. Most of the Gnome Shell indicators and applets like Wi-Fi, Blue-tooth, Volume, Battery, Brightness have been condensed into a single drop-down menu that’s hidden away until you click the system menu icon in the upper right corner.

SnowBird Linux 20 features the tweaks and customization you would expect to find in a modern desktop. We have bundled a new theme along with the much loved Faenza icon set, true type fonts, the increasingly popular LibreOffice suite, audio and video codecs, full burning support, telephone and social applications, the most popular browsers including Firefox and it’s add-ons, productivity and graphics software, development tools and the small utilities that simplify our life, enhanced hardware support along with the latest and greatest repositories pre-configured.

It will take a while before all the mirrors are in sync for downloads, so have a merry Xmas while looking forward to lay your hands on this awesome release.

Thu Dec 12 20:42:14 UTC 2013

At the Fedora 20 Final Go/No-Go Meeting that just occurred, it was agreed to Go with the Fedora 20 by Fedora QA and Fedora Development. Fedora Release Engineering to be notified.

“#agreed Fedora QA and Fedora Development are both Go; Fedora Release Engineering to be notified (with possibility to revisit Go decision in case of unexpected issues from releng side)”

Fedora 20 will be publicly available on Tuesday, December 17, 2013. I’d like to use this opportunity to say big “thank you” to everyone involved in the release of the Heisenbug and for catching all heisenbugs we hit during Fedora 20 cycle!

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I decided to upgrade my Zabbix instance to 2.2 as the upgrade process is supposed to be easier since the database upgrade is performed by the server. Grabbed and installed the latest zabbix-release rpm, fired up yum update and to my surprise no updates 😦 .. It had to be done manually, so I did a rpm -qa | grep zabbix and downloaded the matching updates. This time it worked when running yum localinstall *.rpm , so that had to be it. Pointed my browser to the Zabbix url and that’s when disaster struck ” Database error: The frontend does not match the Zabbix database” A quick look at the server log revealed that the database upgrade failed since it’s trying to drop an inexistent column (lastvalue) from the items table.  Let’s make the database upgrade script happy by creating the missing column (as it will drop it in any case) and restart the server.

mysql -u root -p

use zabbix;

ALTER TABLE items ADD lastvalue VARCHAR(60);

Restart the Zabbix server using service zabbix-server restart and watch the Zabbix server log, the database upgrade process will be shown and once complete you can login again to your instance. Hope this saves someone some frustration.

I always start with a minimal install when provisioning new systems which are usually deployed through Spacewalk but there are some instances where I have no deployment server, so after a DVD install I have a broken XForwarding which is quite easy to fix.

yum install xorg-x11-xauth xorg-x11-fonts*

It’s quite handy when scripted within a kickstart file, which is why I don’t always remember it 🙂 so documenting it on the blog keeps it accessible. You don’t need to plug in all the fonts but if you work with legacy applications or Oracle, you’ll want to have them on the system.

If you’ve played a lot with putty and need a remote session management tool, have a look at PAC Manager @ techmint.com

SnowBird Linux Update 2

SnowBird Linux Update 2

I’m pleased to announce the second update (19.2) to SnowBird Linux 19 (New Dawn).

Following closely on the heels of the first update (19.1) released on the 16th of September, we have incorporated further updates/bug fixes from Fedora, Gnome, LibreOffice and Google.

This update brings enhanced support for printers, scanners, burning Dual Layer and Blu-Ray discs, new audio and video codecs along with the latest version of Flash.

Some new applications like Google Earth, Acrobat Reader, Gnome Activity, Gnome Phone Manager and Gnome Schedule have made their way into our application library.

This release also sports a new desktop/icon theme which may be the default in SnowBird Linux 20. We have switched the font configuration to Infinality to offer smooth crispy rendering which should not pass unnoticed.

We have also fixed minor issues that cropped into previous releases and added a SnowBird Linux repository for pushing updates in a more timely and convenient way.

As always, if you have SnowBird Linux 19 installed you don’t need to re-install your system but if you’re planning new deployments then you should grab the latest update.

We are working on a long term release (LTS) which will appear sometime next year to ease the number of upgrades required with cutting edge distributions like Fedora and SnowBird Linux.

SnowBird Linux 20 (Misha) is currently in an Alpha state, so stay tuned as there is plenty to come before Christmas.

SourceForge mirrors are currently syncing so it may be a while before the fastest mirrors are updated for you to grab the update.

The change-log can be found @ http://sourceforge.net/projects/snowbird/files/new_dawn/respin/19-2/readme.md

Have fun,

Amit Caleechurn

The latest release of Gnome is awesome but I’m still irritated with some of the basic work-flows.  Let’s take the case of a user trying to connect to a server using SSHFS.

1) The user fires up Files (Nautilus)

Open Files in Gnome 3.10

Open Files in Gnome 3.10

2) Connects to a Server

Connect to Server

Connect to Server

3) Connected to the Server

Connected to the Server

Connected to the Server

At his point you are connected to the server but you can’t change directories as there is no toolbar with the “UP” arrow nor can you edit the location!!

Enter the location manually

Enter the location manually

Unless you’re an experienced user or you have an IQ equal to Gnome developers you’re left alone to figure out that you have to use the application menu (not even the main menus nor the preferences) to enter the location manually.

It’s been a few days since I released the first update to SnowBird Linux (19.1) but unfortunately I didn’t have enough time to package/test Google Earth. If you’ve tried to install Google Earth in Fedora for the past 2 releases you must have noted that an ugly message “file /usr/bin from install of google-earth-stable-7.1.1.1888-0.x86_64 conflicts with file from package filesystem-3.1-2.fc18.x86_64” blocks the installation.  To my disbelief Google has been wrongly packaging Google Earth (RPM) for some time now, as the available package wrongly owns the /usr/bin directory causing the installation to conflict with the package filesystem.  A rebuilt RPM fixing this issue is available @ http://sourceforge.net/projects/snowbird/files/new_dawn/RPM/

Google Earth in SnowBird Linux 19

Google Earth in SnowBird Linux 19

If you run SnowBird Linux or Fedora you can pick up the package and install it in your preferred way. If you haven’t downloaded SnowBird Linux yet 🙂 , the nightly folder contains the latest build with Google Earth installed along with Alacarte menu editor which also didn’t make it on time for the update.

I was surprised to find a distribution called “SnowBird Linux 2013.08 [x64] 1xDVD” on Russian sites today, as I did some research before naming the remix as SnowBird Linux. I was intrigued by the pictured of a colorful fat bird, which would give some competition to the extinct dodo 🙂  but a closer look at the picture gallery made me smile as it was SnowBird Linux (SBL19) that was being distributed via bit-torrent ! While I have no real issues with the distribution being passed around on forums, I would have preferred a link to the SourceForge project which would help gather proper statistics. The available statistics suggest that SBL19 has been downloaded:

52 times on http://nnm-club.me/forum/viewtopic.php?t=690806#torrent

and

16 times via http://fost.ws/os/linux-mac-other/10746-snowbird-linux-201308-x32-1xdvd.html#.UhZbw01Ye7-

which brings the count from the previous post to close to 600 downloads.

Russian Humour

Russian Humour

Please use SourceForge if you want to download SBL19 not because it helps me gather the metrics but because:

1) It is the official source with published check-sums to ensure your download hasn’t been tampered with

2) There is a re-spin service for people with bandwidth issues where updated versions are available with all released updates/patches.

3) Advanced users can try the nightly version with preview features.

4) One of the Russian forums label SnowBird Linux as “SnowBird Linux 2013.08 [x86]” which is incorrect as the distribution is only available for x64 architectures.

SnowBird Russian edition

SnowBird Russian edition

Thank you to the Russian community for the ratings and positive feedback on their forums (google translate) and most importantly to the Fedora translation team for such a wonderful work.

Please note that the project has a new home at http://www.sblabs.org

It’s been two weeks since SnowBird Linux 19 has gone public and we are really excited by the growth rates we are witnessing. More than 500 downloads already is more than what we expected since the project is relatively new and mostly unknown in the wild. We are in the process of moving to www.sblabs.org sponsored by myWeb but it will be a phased approach. At present we are short on resources so we prefer to focus on the distribution itself rather than investing time on the new website. We have planned quite a lot of exciting enhancements to the next minor update (19.1) and we are considering a different naming process to allow a rolling release model. Stay tuned . . .

SnowBird Linux Stats (2 weeks)

SnowBird Linux downloads (2 weeks)


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