In between bouts of fighting one of my broken systems at home, I’m trying to spend some time working on our Single Source Summary page on the wiki. In doing that, and in talking to some other people about the Fedora 9 Beta, I found out that some of our keen new features may not have all the exposure they deserve — one of those is the work our resident ninja master Jeremy Katz has done on persistence for Live images.
Persistence means you can insert your Fedora Live USB stick into a USB-bootable machine, boot from the stick, run Fedora for a while, and save your work. When you’re done, shut down and remove the stick and carry it to your next home away from home! To use the feature on your Fedora 9 Beta (or Rawhide) system, install the livecd-tools package and run:
livecd-iso-to-disk --overlay-size-mb 256 image.iso /dev/sdc1
The example assumes you want 256 MB of persistent data in addition to the ISO image, and that the partition on your USB stick is /dev/sdc1. (If you’re not sure of the latter, look in /dev/disk/* for hints.)
Just another great piece of new technology that you always get first from Fedora!
So why all the hubbub about the Single Source Summary, then? The idea is for that page to hold all the text from which we would draw a number of other general-purpose pages, such as the Release Summary, the Release Announcement, and the Overview. Unfortunately, wild growth on the wiki means we frequently have pages that repeat content or are inconsistent, meaning the people costs of maintaining those pages rises dramatically.
The SSS page will give us a place for people to write content centrally, and then include it anywhere they like using the wiki’s Include function. So you can see content crowing about features such as the one above in more places with consistency and accuracy.