Interview by Barton George

While at fudcon in Boston, I was interviewed by Barton George who is a linux community guy for Sun Microsystems He posted it today. So i thought id share it with the rest of the fedora world. His blog entry for it can be found here, its really weird to hear myself in the podcast, and to be interviewed for it. I feel like i’m just one of the guys who keeps the wheels turning and helping those doing the really cool stuff to make sure they have what they need. I’m generally a very quiet person. The only time i’ve not been quiet is when I played football, I was a middle linebacker for the Gold Coast Stingrays for many years, I was always a leader on the field and the loudest guy there, other than that ive always been a very quiet person. Ive generally shied away from any type of publicity. I really am glad that we have managed to get OpenJDK built for SPARC, and the achievements that Fedora has made over the last few years make me very proud to be part of the community.

Where is OLPC today

Where is OLPC today?

Building and Shipping 50,000 laptops a month. Each and every one of them running Fedora. so far there has been over 390,000 laptops shipped. Which im guessing is the largest single Fedora Install base. Thats kinda mind boggling to realise. Going forward over half a million will be shipped in the next couple of months

What can Fedora do here?

Make the suagr experience in Fedora better. We have Packaging guidelines. we have a ton of Activities. Lets get them into Fedora. Lets look at what packages OLPC forks, work out why, and work out how we can eliminate that need. switching from Fedora 7 to Fedora 9 we pulled in an extra 100 packages. That needs to be cut down. There are needs on the school server. If you can give a little time to help out and want to know what else you can do contact me. I really want OLPC and Fedora to work better together.

Building Sulpher for SPARC

Trying to get everything build for Fedora 9 for SPARC, I threw some jobs at the build system this weekend. We have two builders, they are as follows:

A T1000 named daedalus, it has 16gb ram and a 8 x 1ghz core, multithreaded niagara cpu. it is a 32 way system. It has been doing well with the load. Id like to get the load average up higher. koji cant get jobs to it quick enough. here is todays load average graphs for it.
Daedalus Load Average

A T2000 named korolev, it has 8gb ram and a 8 x 1ghz core, multithreaded niagara cpu. it is a 32 way system. It has also been doing well.
Korolev Load Average

This is part of the Secondary Architecure proposal. We are getting there slowly. If you want to help feel free to put up your hand. we can find tasks for people to do. People will also see mail for packages they own. we are going to try cut as much of it out as we can. but you will get noticies for failures. some of the ones we have seen so far are due to changes in qt packaging for instance. it is alot of challenging rewarding work to get things up. Building on all these different architectures helps ensure code is portable. Please mention in your dealings with upstream that we are building on lots of architectures. some that are rarely done. for instance due to how koji works we are building all sparc packages sparc32 and sparc64 even though historically little has been built sparc64 as there is no gains from doing so.

There is currently 3 hubs up and runnings ia64, s390, and SPARC. with arm and alpha to follow. perhaps even mips or hppa or some other architecture you like. Just some of the cool things Fedora is doing to let people scratch their own itch.

Chicken Heart Cheeseburger

We went to a little trendy restraunt here in Porto Alegre tonight and Greg ordered the Chicken Heart Cheeseburger. The above pictures tell the tale. spot and I ordered the Chicken Cheeseburger. They were delicious. Just not quite what is a typical cheesburger for the parts of the world that i’ve been to. Today was the last day of FISL. I really enjoyed my time here. The Fedora Ambasadors as well as the OLPC Activity developers have all been wonderful, they accepted us warmly and showed us a good time.

I have really learnt alot this week.I definetly want to come back to FISL next year, 7000 people registered, the place was packed and people were doing really neat things with little resources. I will be more prepared and learn some portugese so that communications is a much smaller issue than it has been this time. We worked things out and ive started picking up and recognising some words. One thing that I found different here to when I was in Italy was that the people in Brazil were much more polite, even appologising that they did not speak very good english when it should have been me speaking to them in their native tounge. I was the visitor here and was welcomed like a long lost relative. Thank you to all who helped make it great. I have learnt a lot and hope that I can help to make it better.

FISL Day 2

yesterday was the middle day of FISL, I went to a talk given by one of the Fedora Ambassadors Rodrigo Padula de Oliveira, it was entitled XO / OLPC – Ele é verde, bonitinho e roda Fedora (XO/OLPC – It is green, beautiful and runs Fedora) while in Portuguese, I was able to follow parts of it. I had helped Rodrigo earlier in the day setting up his laptop to show sugar during his talk. he was trying to use sugar-jhbuild which really needs to be rm -rf’d from everywhere. Things would not build because they needed patching for gcc-4.3 (he is running rawhide 🙂 ) and the build process wipes away your patches (Thanks spot for trying) so we yum installed suagr and telepath-salut telepathy-gable (Still some packaging issues to be fixed) I grabbed some .xo bundles and put them in /usr/share/activities and he was able to log into sugar from gdm, out of the box. you can also run sugar inside your regular desktop by running sugar-emulator. I need to finish getting some changes into the activity packaging guidelines so that we can package up sugar activities as rpms they you will be able to run “yum groupinstall sugar-desktop” and get a working sugar environment, perfect for your kids to use, or for developing activities.

There is alot of Activity development here in Brazil. Some of them we see. I met the team that developed paint last night at the Mozilla 10th Birthday party. A lot of the activities we dont see. a problem we have is having a way for activity developers to know where and how to post information on the activity. I think a great project for someone would be to write a TurboGears app like Fedora’s Package Database that we could use for tracking activities. something that would let people find out about the different activities that are out there.

Fedora is a great place for people to get involved in OLPC, the OS on the XO is based on fedora. Fedora is a great development tool. with sugar shipping in fedora, its a great tool to develop activities for sugar. If you have kids and want to give them the sugar experience then fedora is also great for that. OLPC and Fedora have a lot that they can gain from each other. We really need to work better together. PLease contact me if you want to help in any way shape or form. It really does not matter what part of the world you are in.