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I’m pleased to announce that SnowBird Linux will be moving to a new home in the coming days.  MyWeb (UK) has generously sponsored the new home of SnowBird Linux by offering a dedicated Fedora VPS which will enable faster builds for the next releases, before being deployed  to SourceForge.  SnowBird Linux will now live at  Thank you myWeb for being the first sponsor of SnowBird Linux.

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It’s been a week since SnowBird Linux has been released to SourceForge and I must admit I’m pleasantly surprised at the response. There have been a little more than 250 downloads and this shows that the distribution certainly has an audience who want a pre-configured system with sensible defaults.  As mentioned in the release announcement, SnowBird is now growing from a closed corporate project to a public audience with broader expectations.

Gathering user feedback will be essential for the ongoing development and success of the project.  In this sense some of the changes for the upcoming minor release have been posted on the forum, feel free to add software requests/reviews if you would like a program to be considered for inclusion in the remix or if something bugs you.  As a rule of the thumb I include one program per category and it must have a broad appeal and/or be essential for the proper functioning/work-flow of  a typical user. Stability, functionality, user experience, security and popularity are the next criteria for review/inclusion.  In the coming weeks I’ll be looking at more contributors who can help with the branding and user interface, mainly artwork, icons, custom wallpapers, getting started guide and a logo, so stay tuned if you’re a SnowBird Linux user.

Since SnowBird is a remix based on Fedora 19, the next major release will be on the heels of Fedora 20, so I have decided to used a hybrid rolling model where the initial release will always be available on SourceForge but there will also be a continuous release where the latest errata will be applied and/or the inclusion of enhancements (deprecated, dropped or new packages). It’s most likely similar to the Fedora nightly composes but more stable and tested 🙂

One Week in the life of SnowBird

One Week in the life of SnowBird Linux 19

Over the past week I’ve been contacted by Valent Turkovic to help breathe some new life into Fusion Linux. In this spirit I’ve pushed my kickstarts to github to help test the remix and make a decision about the default desktop to be used for the next Fusion release. I’ve got my own views on the future of the Linux desktop in the light of the latest developments and below is what I’ve told Valent:

I must say I’ve been a great fan of Gnome 2 for a very long time and I haven’t upgraded from F14 until F18 was out. I’m not a big fan of Gnome 3 but being in a corporate environment I tend to stick with what works best as an end user experience. With F18 I was under the impression that Cinnamon would eventually become a an official spin which is why I based my remix on it, but if you’ve followed the Red Hat Summit you must have noted that Red Hat has announced that Gnome 3 with the classic-session will be the default on RHEL7. While it hardly matters for RHEL, you must realize that Red Hat has decided the future of the Linux desktop and you shouldn’t underestimate the effect (+impact) it has on the fedoraproject.

While I find it sad I must agree with their decision as Cinnamon is forked off Gnome 3.4, it is currently being maintained (+by a small team) as a separate branch and at the rate at which Gnome is developing the changes will soon become incompatible and we’ll have a headache. Right now nemo and nautilus don’t play well which is why even if i prefer nemo I can’t run it as Shutter and Deja-dup require nautilus extensions (+just a rant). At present Leight123 is packaging Cinnamon for Fedora but if he decides not to maintain it any more, what do we do?

I’ve tried to build Compiz-Mate since F18 and I must say it is badly integrated into Fedora, some applications (+which you add) look horrible (Win 95 look) unless you install lib-pangox-compat (+works in most cases) and still there is no consistent look and feel across the system. Having both Cinnamon (includes Gnome 3 + or many components) and Mate will pull in large dependencies and it would be better to have separate spins (+remixes). Vicodan currently maintains Mate/Compiz @ , while I admire his effort I must say we are far behind what Linux Mint has produced.

I’m sure many will disagree if not rant about the default desktop but in the end it’s always about freedom and choice which is why we have so many distributions, spins and remixes. I’ll try to help as much as I can with the Fusion project and if you can/are able to contribute back to the community please consider helping Valent or any other project you would like to be part. Remember a small change can make a big difference, so you don’t have to be a geek, a hard core coder, designer or scientist to contribute.

Below are some screen shots of the latest version of SnowBird Linux based on Fedora 19/Gnome 3

1. (+comment) have been added to this post for clarifications.

2. As usual I am responsible for what I say but decline any responsibility for what you understand  (make of it) 🙂

3. Have a nice weekend!


Spacewalk 2.0 Systems Management

A big thank you to the Spacewalk team on this 5th anniversary for making my life (and many more) easy by engineering such a wonderful product and freeing it from the Oracle back-end. This release added Fedora 19 support, basic auditing for things like user and system creation/deletion, and the ability to use an externally managed PostgreSQL database. This release also includes further enhanced ABRT integration, more SCAP improvements, the ability to use Inter-Satellite Sync to transfer org and channel trust information as well as maintain the org ownership and visibility of custom channels, and faster rendering of the pages thanks to CSS3. New API methods were provided and several existing API methods were updated to fix bugs or add functionality. You can read the full announcement @

The Fedora Project is delighted to announce the release of Fedora 19 (“Schrödinger’s Cat”). Open the box and take a look for yourself!

Fedora is a leading-edge, free and open source operating system that continues to deliver innovative features to many users, with a new release about every six months.

Download it now:

Detailed information about this release can be seen in the release notes:

** What’s New in Fedora 19? **

The Fedora Project takes great pride in being able to show off features for all types of use cases, including traditional desktop users, systems administration, development, the cloud, and many more. But a few new features are guaranteed to be seen by nearly anyone installing Fedora and are improvements that deserve to be called out on their own.

A complete list with details of each new feature is available here:

*** Downloads, upgrades, documentation, and common bugs ***

Start by downloading Fedora 19:

If you are upgrading from a previous release of Fedora, refer to:

Fedora now includes FedUp in order to enable an easy upgrade to Fedora 19.

*** Documentation ***

Read the full release notes for Fedora 19, guides for several languages, and learn about known bugs and how to report new ones:

Because of the number of changes to the installer, we particularly suggest taking a peek at the Installation Guide:

Fedora 19 common bugs are documented at:

This page includes information on several known bugs in the installer, so we recommend reading it before installing Fedora 19.

*** Contributing ***

We can’t build Fedora inside a box. We need your help! Bug reports are especially helpful–if you encounter any issues, please report them!

Fedora is a fantastic, friendly community, and we have many ways in which you can contribute, including documentation, marketing, design, QA, and development.

To learn how to help us, visit:

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