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== What is the Beta Release? ==
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On Fri, 29.04.11 16:34, Greg KH (greg(a)kroah.com) wrote:
> > > I think it's a very good decision - I never understood why selinux dir
> > > is directly under /.
> > Yes, I think this would be a good thing to have in F16.
> > Note however that this needs a tiny kernel patch to work, to create the
> > mount point under /sys/fs/selinux. This is a trivial patch and has been
> > done for /sys/fs/cgroup before, so I assume this would be easy to get
> > in and just needs a champion to push this forward.
> As I did this for /sys/fs/cgroup I can do it for /sys/fs/selinux as
> well, just let me know.
I'd say "yes, please" to this, right-away.
But I guess this is up to Dan Walsh to say.
Dan, could you say "yes" to this, please? If so, then the first step to
making this happen for F16 would already have been taken!
Lennart Poettering - Red Hat, Inc.
I've got a question whose answer I expected to find on one of these
pages, but no joy:
I'm packaging a library that does some heavy mathematical
computations. The build system tries to cleverly determine whether an
Intel CPU with vector instructions is being used. Until I can
convince upstream to do this at runtime, I'll need to build the
package (a library) for the lowest common denominator. The package
checks for MMX, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, and SSSE3. For i686, can I assume
MMX? SSE? I believe I can also build an SSE2 version of the library
and drop it into /usr/lib/sse2. How about for x86_64? Can I assume
SSE2 is available? (I thought I could, but I see that /usr/lib64/sse2
exists on my machine, so now I'm uncertain.) I don't see a
/usr/lib64/sse3 or /usr/lib64/ssse3, so I just have to forget those,
If there is a wiki page that answers these questions, I'd appreciate a
pointer. If not, perhaps someone with edit privileges could add the
answer to one of the pages listed above. Thanks,
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Hi, I'm new to contributing but not new to Linux. I started on RHL 7.1
around 2000 and have used Slackware, Gentoo and Debian in the past. I
was active at my university LUG and Gaming Club (running the game
servers on Slackware) and now I work for Red Hat since August 2007 in
I have been building RPMs for myself on and off almost since I started
at Red Hat and switched from Debian to Fedora. I built RPMs for
Rivendell  which is a large radio automation suite and some
recommended getting that into Fedora but at the time it seemed too
Now I am getting into DJing and in particular using FOSS to do it. I
have used Mixxx and xwax. I am becoming the co-maintainer of Mixxx in
rpmfusion  and have just submitted my first package review request
for Fedora for xwax.  I would like to make Fedora a good platform
for digital DJing.
Mixxx was affected by a portaudio bug that had been fixed in Ubuntu
but not Fedora so I opened a bug  on that and got that fixed.
I have created a mixxx on fedora page for the Mixxx wiki. 
My FAS account is John2583 but you can find me on Freenode as
JBstrikesagain (I think that username was too long for FAS).
I am in #fedora and #fedora-devel among other channels.
You can check out my website to see some other stuff I do:
John Brier, RHCA, RHCVA, RHCX
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On Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 08:18:23PM -0400, Bill McGonigle wrote:
> Hi, Rich,
> I see that you got tagged as owner on the unison packages. Are you
> planning to package any updates, or did you just inherit it by
> default because of its OCaml nature?
Pretty much I inherited it.
> I was going to write a message to -devel, but then I saw Gerard
> didn't own the package anymore, and thought it best to drop you a
> note directly first.
> A new stable was declared in January, so we're officially 3 and 6
> years out of date on the existing packages. It turns out many of my
> complaints about unison have been fixed in the past 3 years!
> Since I don't know any OCaml and this package probably needs to
> combine 3 versions and label multiple binaries, I shouldn't
> volunteer to build this as my first package. But I'd be happy to do
> some manual builds and share notes if that would be useful.
There was a reason for splitting it in the first place which is to do
with (in-)compatibility between the versions. Because the protocol
sometimes changes incompatibly between releases and because we want to
interoperate with servers which may be running different versions, we
need to package up the different versionse separately. However this
is a big pain to maintain, not least because whenever a new
incompatible version comes along we have to apply for a new Unison
package to be added to Fedora(!)
It's probably going to be better to do something with multiple source
files in a single 'unison' package building multiple sub-packages.
Anyhow if you want to co-maintain it, please check the boxes at
Richard Jones, Virtualization Group, Red Hat http://people.redhat.com/~rjones
Read my programming blog: http://rwmj.wordpress.com
Fedora now supports 80 OCaml packages (the OPEN alternative to F#)
I've recently been working on updating the Eclipse Mylyn stack in
Fedora. For the impatient, eclipse-mylyn* 3.5.1 packages are already
available in rawhide ;-) Updates for F15 will be pushed soon.
As some of you might know Eclipse Mylyn is now a top-level Eclipse
project and has been split into several sub-projects as of their 3.5
With release 3.5 of Mylyn, there are now a total of 17 binary RPMs
available in Fedora. The two most exciting new features are custom
workflow support for Bugzilla bug trackers and Mylyn Builds (which
provides swift CI interaction from within Eclipse). With its new custom
workflow support, Mylyn 3.5 can now be used to interact (without
restriction) with Red Hat's Bugzilla instance. There is no need to
switch to the browser anymore. See  as to how to set up a Red Hat
Bugzilla task repository with the correct custom transitions file. Note
that we are currently working with upstream to make this setup even
Due to Mylyn's restructuring upstream, we have decided to restructure
Fedora SRPMs as well.  describes the new Fedora SRPMs/RPMs in detail.
If you are a Mylyn user, updates from 3.4 to 3.5 should work fine
without further action. If you are a maintainer of an Mylyn dependent
Eclipse plug-in in Fedora, this could mean that you have to update
requirements/build requirements in your spec-file. Please make sure that
your plug-ins work with new Mylyn 3.5 packages in Fedora. I'd like to
push the Mylyn 3.5 update for Fedora 15 soon and would appreciate if you
could make sure that this doesn't break your plug-ins.  should
provide you with enough information as to what has changed in rawhide
(or will change soon for F15).
Feel free to get back to me should you have questions regarding the
Mylyn update. I'm also on IRC in #fedora-java, #fedora-devel, etc. My
nick is jerboaa.
Having been not terribly impressed with GNOME 3 in F-15 alpha, I thought
I'd try installing the beta with KDE, just to see if the grass is any
greener. I'm still trying to find my way around that one too, but
I've run into one significant problem: when I close my laptop, the
machine doesn't go to sleep. (The sleep indicator light doesn't go on,
I can still ssh into it, it stays rather warmer than it should, etc.)
1. An F-15 bug (and if so, which component ought I file it against)?
2. Expected behavior/missing feature for KDE?
3. My own ignorance about how to configure KDE? (I did look into the
power management settings, which seem remarkably over-engineered
and don't offer any clear "sleep" option...)
regards, tom lane