For those that dont know yet. Im changing jobs. I accepted an offer from OLPC, I will be their build system and release engineer person. I will be working remotely however I will be spending time in Boston, so any fedora people that want to catch up drop me a line. This is an opportunity that came my way entirely because of my work with fedora. So to everyone that works on Fedora thank you. I officially start on Nov 12.
What does this mean for fedora? Well for one, I plan to do everything I can in fedora. I will be spending more time on fedora. I will also be trying to build a community around OLPC. Hopefully much like mmcgrath has done with Fedora Infrastructure. I would like to enable people to build their own custom firmware for the XO. Mainly enabling the countries to be self sufficient. Take the pieces that are of intrest to them and make it work. Right now im just barely getting my toes wet and have yet to work out everything that will be involved. I will be posting as often as I can, making sure that everyone knows whats going on. It really is intresting to see how OLPC has taken the fedora base and added sugar on top of it. It is not your fathers fedora :).
For awhile now ive been looking at new laptops. One thing that is hard about the laptop/notebook market is taht it is really hard to do it yourself. There are some Linux only Vendors out there. R3 and System76 the thing i dont like about them are that they are quick to throw propietory stuff on your system and they dont seem to be working with upstream projects to get there patches integrated. so you end up with an un supportable system. Well to me any way. Of the two i looked harder at R3 as they supply/support Fedora System76 only support Ubuntu.
In the End I went with Dell. The offer there Latitude Series notebooks with FreeDOS. So you are free to put what you choose on it. The only downside is that you need to order it through the Small business section. To find out what they have on offer go to dell.com select small business notebooks. Then in the Menu bar at the top of there site the notebook drop down has Open-Source Notebooks as an option select it and you can get one of 4 different models. So what i ended up getting is a Latitutde D820N with dual core 2.0ghz intel CPU, 2GB ram, 80 Gb hdd, dvd burner, 15.4″ screen @ 1680×1050. Intel Integrated Graphics Media Accelerator 950, Intel 3945 WLAN and Bluetooth. I should get it about a week before FUDCon. Im going to do a rawhide install on it.