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
27

Pydance

Site: http://icculus.org/pyddr/index.php

Pydance is fun dancing game for experience asian dance beat! Showing friends your hot move with big score!

Highly configurable, colorful animated arrow motion, limitless numbers of dance steps, 1 or 2 players, professionally written music, laughter provoking sound effects, and yes, even graphical transitions.

pydance

It depends on pydance-music, so the installation from terminal will be slightly different. Open Terminal and write:

sudo conary update {pydance,pydance-music}=@fl:2-devel

Jun
26

gecko-mediaplayer

Homepage: http://kdekorte.googlepages.com/gecko-mediaplayer

Gecko Media Player is a browser plugin that uses GNOME MPlayer to play media in a browser. It should work with all browsers on Unix-ish systems(Linux, BSD, Solaris) and use the NS4 API (Mozilla, Firefox, Opera, etc.).

To test it out, open Terminal and write:

sudo conary update gecko-mediaplayer=@fl:2-devel

Maybe you need to uninstall current browser plugin for your browser, or change in settings in your browser to use Gecko Media Player.

All comments about how/if it works are welcome.

Jun
21

Keepassx – secure personal data management

KeePassX is an application for people with extremly high demands on secure personal data management.

KeePassX saves many different information e.g. user names, passwords, urls, attachments and comments in one single database. For a better management user-defined titles and icons can be specified for each single entry. Furthermore the entries are sorted in groups, which are customizable as well. The integrated search function allows to search in a single group or the complete database.
KeePassX offers a little utility for secure password generation. The password generator is very customizable, fast and easy to use. Especially someone who generates passwords frequently will appreciate this feature.

It may come in handy for some users. To try it out, open Terminal and write:

sudo conary keepassx=@fl:2-devel

As soon we know it’s stable enough in Foresight, we will push it to all repositories.

Jun
20

Aqualung – Music Player

Aqualung is an advanced music player. It plays audio CDs, internet radio streams and podcasts as well as soundfiles in just about any audio format and has the feature of inserting no gaps between adjacent tracks.

aqualung

To install it, open Terminal and write:

sudo conary update aqualung=@fl:2-devel

At this moment, it doesnt got a menu entry. But will be added as soon as possible.

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
20

Pidgin-musictracker

pidgin-musictracker is a plugin for Pidgin which displays the media currently playing in the status message for any protocol Pidgin supports custom statuses on.

Screenshot-MusicTracker

To install it, open Terminal and write:

sudo conary update pidgin-musictracker=@fl:2-devel

Will be in all repo as soon it gets promoted.

it supports:

Amarok, Audacious†, Banshee, Exaile, Last.fm feed, Listen, MOC, MPD, Quod Libet, Rhythmbox, Songbird + DBusBird, SqueezeCenter, Vagalume, XMMS†, XMMS2 >=0.6
plus any player supporting the MPRIS DBus interface (Amarok2, BMPx, dragonplayer, QMMP >=0.3, VLC >0.9.0, etc.)

Also you can have custom music lines for each account you got for msn, jabber and so on….

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.