Nov
21

Council Meeting Minutes 2009-11-20

Here are the minutes from the last Foresight Council meeting.

Agenda:

  • Announcements
  • Proposed members/developers
  • Proposed Topics
    1. Infrastructure updates
    2. Changing from Pidgin to Empathy
    3. Status update
  • Next meeting agenda

Announcements:

  • Web site updated to latest WordPress for security reasons.
  • Mark Trompell has a working Xfce Lite Edition and gave away a couple of prerelease CDs last week. One fedora guy took some too and promised to show Foresight at his LUG.
Nov
02

wiki.foresightlinux.org maintenance in progress

UPDATE: We have the wiki running again, but the issues haven’t been resolved completely. We’re working on it, so service may be intermittent for a while still.

The Foresight wiki is undergoing maintenance (bug fix and feature upgrade to support WYSIWYG editing with WebKit based browsers such as Google Chrome, Safan and the GNOME epiphany browser).

Thank you for your patience.

Aug
10

Focus Meeting Minutes 2009-08-07

Here are the minutes from the last Foresight Council meeting.

Agenda:

  • Announcements
  • Proposed members/developers
  • Proposed Topics
    1. Work on the foresightlinux.org WP website
    2. Roadmap for short term (2.1.2 and 2.2)
    3. Wide repo cleanup
    4. Scheduling sprints
    5. Status for DEV space on the wiki
    6. Foresight artwork licenses
    7. Membership renewal?
  • Next weeks agenda
Aug
05

Council Meeting Minutes 2009-07-28

Here are the minutes from the last Foresight Council meeting.

Agenda:

  • Announcements
  • Proposed members/developers
  • Proposed Topics
    1. The future of Foresight
    2. Team Leads
    3. Hardware for testing
    4. Packaging contest
    5. Infrastructure updates
  • Next weeks agenda

Announcements:

  • Web site updated to WordPress 2.8.2 (thanks for the push afranke)
  • Release notes for the latest versions of all editions have been posted to the blog and links to them have been added on the corresponding pages (by afranke)
Jun
29

Council Meeting Minutes 2009-06-26

Here are the minutes from the last Foresight Council meeting.

Agenda:

  • Announcements
  • Proposed members/developers
  • Proposed Topics
    1. Membership renewals
    2. Toolchain update
    3. FITS and workflow
    4. Tasks and roles
    5. Reschedule Council meetings
    6. Set up ISO mirrors
    7. Empathy vs Pidgin
    8. Infrastructure overview
  • Next weeks agenda
Jun
20

Council Meeting Minutes 2009-06-19

Here are the minutes from the last Foresight Council meeting.

Agenda:

  • Announcements
  • Last meeting overview
  • Proposed topics
    1. Future foresight version
    2. Current Foresight version (2.1.x series)
    3. Promote WP site to official site location
    4. Need to update Confluence
    5. FITS system accounts and organization
    6. Derive our Identity
    7. Who manages access to infrastructure?
    8. Who do you talk to about getting issues on the council agenda?
    9. Deferred agenda points
  • Proposed members/developers
  • Next Week’s Agenda
Jun
19

Council Meeting Agenda 2009-06-19

Topics to be discussed during the Council Meeting for June 19th, 2009.

Location: #foresight-council
Time: 13:00 UTC

Agenda:

  1. Announcements
  2. Last meeting overview
  3. Proposed topics
  4. Proposed members/developers
  5. Next Week’s Agenda

Announcements:

  • New hostmaks (cloaks) have been created for all new members and developers. OgMaciel
  • Paul and I had a nice chat yesterday via Skype and have agreed on several topics related to how to organize and steer the community. More to come. OgMaciel

Last meeting overview:

  • New members and developers elected:
    • Developer: eMBee, jesse, smerp
    • Member: ermo
  • Council changes:
    • Og Maciel was elected as the new Community Manager
    • Paul Cutler will remain as a member of the Council and work with Og Maciel for a smoother transition and knowledge transfer
    • Mark T has been elected as a member of the Council, bringing the total of members to 5
  • The Council voted for moving the static website to the WP instance that Og Maciel set up, noting that we need something sooner rather than later, and as his theme looks good and that it will be simple to get going. Ken added that WP is on an upward trend, and that historically i18n has not been a forte of Foresight and hence not a requirement.
  • Pending from last week:
    • Foresight 2.1.x or 3.0?
    • Who do you talk to about getting issues on the council agenda?
    • Promoting packages – is using JIRA to notify Ken of packages ready for promotion a bottleneck?
    • Tune JIRA workflow (sprint?)
    • How do we organize Bug days/sprints/focus?
    • Feature freeze – no new pkgs until the current ones are sane?
    • Freshen up the infrastructure? (ermo is currently driving this)
    • Close old and obsolete bugs! (sprint?)
    • How do we instrument the development process?
    • Create teams w/reduncancy?

Proposed topics:

  • [Enter your topic here]:
    • [Enter your brief description here] By [Enter your name here]
  • Promote WP site to official site location
    • Right now the word Press site and design are housed in a special VM that doniphon gave us. I’d like to propose that we immediately move the WP system to the same server where www.ForesightLinux.org is housed. I feel that when the WP system is up and running, we will be able to get more authors and editors to populate it and get it up to date. By OgMaciel
  • Need to update Confluence
    • ermo mentioned that gxti is in charge of updating our current Confluence system. I’d like to understand the reasoning behind this update. By OgMaciel
  • FITS system accounts and organization
    • Paul Cutler just made me an admin of our FITS system. I’d like to discuss how we want to handle the administration and organization of accounts and groups. For instance, during bug triage, who can effectively close an issue as representing the QA branch? By OgMaciel
  • Derive our Identity
    • This all started with my email to the list asking people to state what they thought about “who we are”. I feel that it is very important to determine who we are first and differentiate it from the other question, which is: “Who do we want to be?” The objective is to establish our identity and make it very clear to anyone who decides to join our community, as well as establish a base for future marketing campaigns. By OgMaciel
  • Who manages access to infrastructure?
    • How does a member/developer gain the trust necessary to be allowed access to infrastructure? By ermo

Proposed members/developers:

  • [Enter your name here]:
    • [Enter a short description of your involvement with the community and a link to a personal page]

Next Week’s Agenda:

  • [Enter your topic here]:
    • [Enter your brief description here] By [Enter your name here]
May
15

Foresight 2.1.1 GNOME Edition Release Notes

Foresight GNOME Edition is a Linux distribution for your desktop that features a rolling release schedule that always keeps your desktop up to date; a revolutionary package manager, Conary; the latest GNOME desktop environment and an innovative set of excellent, up to date software applications. We hope you enjoy using Foresight as much as we do. Because your desktop should be cool.

What’s new

Foresight 2.1.1, released May 6th, features the latest stable GNOME desktop, a new kernel, new notification area, and Xorg improvements.

GNOME 2.26

Foresight features the latest GNOME release, GNOME 2.26. GNOME 2.26 features improvements to file sharing, better support for multiple monitors and projectors, integration with fingerprint readers and many more updates. For more information, visit http://library.gnome.org/misc/release-notes/2.26/.

Kernel 2.6.29

Foresight includes a new Linux kernel, 2.6.29.2, which adds support for WiMAX, new wireless drivers such as Ralink rt2860/70, and other updates. For more information, check out http://kernelnewbies.org/Linux_2_6_29

Notification Area

Foresight becomes one of the first distributions to include a revamped notification area, called notify-osd. Notifications are not only improved visually, but notify-osd improves the way you interact with system notifications. A number of applications including Pidgin, Gwibber, Banshee and others support the new notification system.

Xorg Improvements

A revamped Xorg 7.4 stack is included in Foresight 2.1.1. Users should find better support for video cards, monitors and Compiz. A special thanks to Antonio (aka doniphon) for all of his hard work in re-building Xorg.

Downloading and Installing

Foresight 2.1.1 GNOME Edition is available for download on one DVD at http://www.foresightlinux.org/gnome.html. A single CD, Foresight GNOME Lite, is available for download at http://www.foresightlinux.org/foresight-gnome-lite/.

Credits

Thanks to Ken VanDine, Antonio Meireles and all the developers and users who contributed to and helped test this release. A special thank you to the GNOME release team for the GNOME release notes, upon much of these release notes are based. Please file any bugs you find!

Thank you for using Foresight. Because your desktop should be cool.

Testimonials

On the day of release users were heard to include comments in Foresight’s IRC, including:

  • “This release rocks my socks!”
  • “I love the new notifications!”
Sep
18

Foresight Kid’s Edition 1.0 Release Notes

Foresight Kid’s Edition is a Linux distribution for children that features a number of education and entertainment applications, as well as the benefits of the Foresight GNOME Edition: a rolling release schedule that always keeps your desktop up to date; a revolutionary package manager, Conary; a customized GNOME desktop environment and an innovative set of excellent, up to date software applications.

We hope you enjoy using Foresight as much as we do. Because your kid’s computer should be cool.

What’s new

The Foresight Kid’s Edition is the first release of Foresight for children. The Kid’s Edition features a number of eductational and entertainment applications for children. The Foresight Kid’s Edition also features a customized GNOME desktop, with one panel, and a new menu layout, making it easy to find the software that you want to run.

The Foresight Kid’s Edition features the following applications:

Education

  • Tuxpaint, an award winning drawing program for children ages 3-12.
  • Tux Typing, and educational typing tutor for children.
  • GCompris, an educational software suit that includes many different activities for children ages 2 to 10.
  • Tux, of Math Command, an education arcade game starring Tux based on the class game “Missile Command”.

Entertainment and Games

  • SuperTux, a classic 2D jump ‘n run sidescroller with a similar style to the original SuperMario games.
  • SuperTuxKart, a 3D kart racing game featuring numerous tracks, characters and items.
  • Foobilliard, a 3D billiards / pool game.
  • GNU Chess, a chess game.
  • Super Maryo Chronicles, a 2D side scroller game featuring many different stages and levels..

Internet and Media Applications

  • F-Spot Photo Manager
  • Firefox Web Browser
  • Pidgin Instant Messenger
  • Banshee Media Player
  • Totem Movie Player

The Foresight GNOME edition repositories are available to Kid’s Edition Users. You can install additional software, such as OpenOffice.org or other applications. To search for additional software, click on the Administration menu and then Add / Remove Software.

Downloading and Installing

The Foresight Kid’s Edition is available for download at http://www.foresightlinux.org/kids.html

Credits

Thanks to Ken VanDine, Antonio Meireles, Paul Cutler and all the developers and users who contributed to this release. Please file any bugs!

Thank you for using Foresight. Because your kid’s computer should be cool.

Sep
14

Foresight 1.0 Mobile Edition Release Notes

Foresight Mobile Edition is a Linux distribution for your netbook or ultra portable PC that features a rolling release schedule that always keeps your desktop up to date; a revolutionary package manager, Conary; a customized GNOME desktop environment for smaller screens and an innovative set of excellent, up to date software applications.

We hope you enjoy using Foresight as much as we do. Because your netbook should be cool.

What’s new

The Foresight Mobile Edition is the first release of Foresight for netbooks and ultra mobile PCs. The Mobile Edition features a customized GNOME desktop optimized for smaller screens, based on the netbook remix project from Canonical. The default behavior of the desktop is different than that of the Foresight GNOME Edition.

The default desktop features quick and easy links to applications, documents and other GNOME software. To return to the main desktop with menu options, click the GNOME foot logo in the upper left hand corner of the top panel.

The Foresight Mobile Edition features the following applications:

  • F-Spot Photo Manager
  • Firefox Web Browser
  • Pidgin Instant Messenger
  • Banshee Media Player
  • GNOME Movie Player

And a number of accessories and system utilities included in GNOME desktop.

The Foresight GNOME edition repositories are available to Mobile Edition Users. To search for additional software, click on the Administration menu on the left hand side, and then Add / Remove Software.

Tested Netbooks

The Foresight Mobile Edition has been tested on both the Asus eeePC and the Intel Classmate. If you install the Foresight Mobile Edition on a different, we welcome all feedback on your installation and user experience.

On the Asus eeePC, two known bugs include Power Off not working via software and wireless networking does not work on resume.

Downloading and Installing

The Foresight Mobile Edition is available for download at http://www.foresightlinux.org/mobile.html.

Credits

Thanks to Ken VanDine, Antonio Meireles, Paul Cutler and all the developers and users who contributed to this release. Please file any bugs!

Thank you for using Foresight. Because your netbook should be cool.