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Double plus GOOG.

Last night I was able to get into the Google+ trial and one of the pieces of the setup was a Talk plugin that includes audio and video chat support. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it works great on Fedora 15. The PackageKit browser integration pulls in other support you may need. After installation you’re able to join the “Hangout” feature which lets you chat live with multiple other users using your webcam and audio. It also plays well with PulseAudio so I was able to easily use my USB headset with no tinkering.

So far it looks like Google may have figured out a way to take the interesting parts of Wave, and build them into a framework that’s more friendly and less like an out of control email client. Within 24 hours I had a lot of people I know hooked up via the “Circles” feature for sharing. What this means for Facebook I don’t know — I sincerely hope G+ doesn’t become a cul-de-sac for geeks only.

My other hope is that there are GNOME folks out there looking into the Google+ API project, to see if there will be interesting and user-friendly ways to have the future desktop OS interact with this service.

FUDCon “F minus 3.”

I just got back from my slightly extended Thanksgiving vacation yesterday, and there’s so much to talk about!

Most importantly, this coming Saturday marks the start of FUDCon Toronto 2009. As everything is starting to settle into place, we’re having a planning wrap-up meeting this afternoon on IRC Freenode at #fudcon-planning at 2100 UTC (4:00pm US/Eastern). Thanks to the superb efforts of people like Steven Parrish, Andrew Overholt, Mel Chua, and the inimitable Chris Tyler, we have updated information on the wiki, and even ride sharing information for people coming into Toronto’s Pearson International Airport (YYZ — thanks Steven!).

Have you looked at the list of people and content lately? The pre-registration table now shows almost 180 people coming, and if this FUDCon is anything like others, there will be people showing up out of the blue as well. And that’s not at all a bad thing — FUDCon is, after all, free and open to anyone to attend! There’s a huge list of technical sessions already suggested. Some of these have been pre-selected for two user tracks, so some of the new contributors attending FUDCon for the first time can get the most out of their Fedora systems. (I call this putting the U back in FUDCon!) At the same time, there will be a boatload of sessions aimed at developers, maintainers, and contributors of all sorts — and those who are becoming one or more of the above.

There’s also about a dozen and a half hackfests listed, with something for virtually everyone who’s willing to roll up sleeves and work on something Fedora-related. Speaking only for myself, I want to spend a bit of time on the Fedora Insight (Zikula) work that will help us get a true content management system into production. Eventually we’ll be able to use that not just for marketing material, but for documentation, media, and other goodies.

Finally, there’s a very useful and concise list of things you should bring with you!

It’s going to be a great FUDCon, and I look forward to seeing everyone there. If you have lingering questions about FUDCon that you don’t find answered on the wiki page, please feel free to email the planners, fudcon-planning at lists fedoraproject org, or come by the IRC channel (irc.freenode.net, #fudcon-planning)!

FUDCon Toronto 2009.

Today we announced FUDCon Toronto 2009, our North American event for this year. FUDCon, as always, is free and open for everyone to attend. This year some excellent contributors in Toronto stepped up to deliver a great location and some logistical support that will help us put on an awesome event.

We’re going to try something new at this event, by adding a track or two of technical sessions on Saturday aimed squarely at end users. We’re also working on some ideas to offer even more improved content for developers and other contributors, and as we work those out, we’ll be delivering additional news through the announcement list and the FUDCon wiki page. Registration and other logistics information will be forthcoming, stay tuned!

PHP/JavaScript hackers needed.

The Fedora Documentation team needs some short-term help from a few people who can help us resolve some licensing snafu’s. I’ve been working with Docs, Marketing, and several other teams to finally get a content management system lifted off for Fedora. This system would let us do a better job of putting news, documentation, PR materials, and other important content in front of the public beyond our community. Some time ago, we went through all the various options for a CMS, and after public comment and putting heads together with the fabulous Fedora Infrastructure team, we ultimately decided on Zikula (which some readers might know from its previous life as PostNuke).

As the various teams have been consulted for needs, we’ve started to develop a list of Zikula extension modules, and package them for Fedora and EPEL. During the package review, as Karsten Wade noted in a recent blog, we’ve discovered some licensing flaws that we’d like to help upstream resolve. One of the points of collaboration is to build on each other’s work and strengthen it, after all.

However, to accomplish this with less drag, we really need the help of someone who has experience in PHP and JavaScript, who can help us yank out a couple included scripts and substitute compatibly licensed material. Then we can send the patches upstream for the good of all. We believe the work itself is not particularly difficult or extensive.

If you have significant PHP and JavaScript experience and could spend a couple of days helping us resolve these issues, please get in touch with us via the fedora-docs-list, send email to pfrields or sparks (both at fedoraproject dot org), or leave me a comment here.

UPDATE: As J5 pointed out, bug numbers would be good. They’re listed in my comment on this post.