MonthDecember 2015

Gotta Badge ‘Em All: Vacation

This article is part of an ongoing series about how to earn specific Fedora badges. Learn more about the Vacation badge!

“Vacation”: What is it?

Vacation badge, given to contributors who mark when they're away in a calendar

“Sip the lemonade away (You deserve it for remembering your responsibility)!”

The Vacation badge is categorized as a “Community Badge” and is defined in this Trac ticket. But what’s the real scoop behind the Science badge?

With the December holiday season right around the corner, this seemed like the perfect badge to feature this week. In short, the Vacation badge is awarded to contributors who mark when they will be unavailable in the Fedora Calendar app. Marking when you are helps others know when you will be away and know where to pick up the slack. If you an active contributor to any subgroup, team, or other entity in Fedora, this is especially important so people know when you will be away! Everyone needs a vacation every once in a while, so let others know when “the doctor is in” becomes the “the doctor is out”.

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WordPress Cron, CloudFlare, and SSL

Thanks to the power of LetsEncrypt, I recently moved most of my sites over to using HTTPS, or in other words, SSL. I also use CloudFlare for managing most of my sites as well. What I wasn’t fully aware of was that CloudFlare also limits scripts to increase performance (among other things). This broke WordPress cron, without my knowledge! How does one fix this issue?

WordPress cron, CloudFlare, and SSL are not always friends

CloudFlare is a service that aims to make websites faster and more secure.

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Gotta Badge ‘Em All: Science

This article is part of an ongoing series about how to earn specific Fedora badges. Learn more about the Science badge!

“Science”: What is it?

Science badge, given to Fedora kernel testers

“You completed a run of the kernel regression test suite”

The Science badge is categorized as a “Quality [Assurance] Badge” and is defined in this Trac ticket. But what’s the real scoop behind the Science badge?

In short, the Science badge is part of a larger series of badges given to anyone who helps test the Fedora kernel using a set of Python scripts to test for important functionalities of the kernel in your system. Running these tests and uploading the logs to the Kernel Development Team helps improve the kernel by providing useful insight and feedback for the kernel team to analyze. All it takes is running a few scripts, uploading logs, and boom – a new badge!

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Thirteen Year Legacy: Last.fm Downfall?

Last.fm logo

The Last.fm logo. Source: Xfdr

Last.fm is a web service for users to track and share their music tastes with friends in an easy, simple way. A single play of a song is known as a “Scrobble”. Listening to music and recording the listen with Last.fm is known as “Scrobbling”. This is a service that has existed since 2002, originally under the name of Audioscrobbler. In 2015, Last.fm rolled out their new website beta, originally optional, but later forced upon all users.

Last.fm’s site redesign is criticized widely by users, but nobody seems to be listening on the other side in CBS Interactive London offices. What went wrong with the redesign and what can be learned going forward?

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Fedora Elections 2015: Be informed!

Fedora Elections are the time to impact the Project

Fedora Elections are the time to impact the Project. Source: christoph-wickert.de

Today, the Fedora Elections for December 2015 officially began at 00:00 UTC. The voting period will be open from now until December 14th, 2015, at 23:59 UTC. Fedora is a community-driven project, and voting is one of the greatest ways you can have an impact in how Fedora runs, either as a user or a contributor. Your vote is powerful, and you should be informed before casting your vote!

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Gotta Badge ‘Em All: Extra! Extra!

“Extra! Extra!”: What is it?

Extra! Extra! badge, given to Fedora Magazine contributors

“You contributed to Fedora Magazine (fedoramagazine.org)”

The Extra! Extra! badge is categorized as a “Content Badge” and is defined in this Trac ticket. But what’s the real scoop behind the Extra! Extra! badge?

In short, the Extra! Extra! badge is awarded to Fedora contributors that write an article for the Fedora Magazine, the premiere publication offered by the Fedora Project. The Fedora Magazine offers user-oriented content relating to the Fedora Project, whether it’s a how-to on using some awesome software, a major event report, or other cool things happening in the Linux world.
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Mumble ready for testing

Mumble is back in Fedora

Mumble, a free and open-source VoIP program

Mumble, a free and open-source VoIP program

The popular Voice Over IP (VoIP) program, Mumble, is being repackaged again for Fedora 22 and 23. Fedora contributor fedpop unretired the package from the Fedora Package Database and is working on getting it added to the stable repositories.

Mumble is available for testing for Fedora 22 and 23 users. Once enough positive feedback is received, it will be added back to the stable repositories for all users. Testers are welcome, especially for Fedora 22!

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Netflix and Linux: The First 60 Seconds

Netflix and Linux, friends at last

Netflix and Linux may not agree on the desktop, but they do in the cloud. Source: blockless.com

Netflix, Linux, and 60 seconds

While they have their differences on the desktop, there is one place where Netflix and Linux get along beautifully: the cloud. Netflix system administrator Brendan Gregg recently published an article on the Netflix blog about what their administrators do in the first 60 seconds when analyzing performance. You should give it a read!