July 5th, 2007


fedora's free media project

Some of you, I'm sure, are quite familiar with the Fedora Free Media Project. For those of you who aren't, it's our community-run distribution engine.

Fedora only produces enough DVDs and CDs to ship mass quantities out to various events or groups that need them in quantities of several hundred each. We simply don't have the people power to ship out media on a one-off basis.

That's where the Free Media program comes in -- they harness volunteers who are willing to burn any number of Fedora discs and mail them out all over the world. Each month, they do about 100. We'd love to increase the capacity, but that requires more volunteers.

The point of this blog post, though, isn't necessarily to call for more volunteers, but to give some credit to Thomas Chung, who leads the Free Media program. Obviously there's a non-trivial cost associated with producing Fedora media and mailing it all over the world.

Over the past few months, Thomas has been very quietly asking for donations to support the Free Media project. He'd get a few, and I would help make up any shortfall out of my general Fedora Project budget.

That shortfall has been decreasing every month, and in June, there wasn't one. The Fedora Free Media program has become self-sustaining. Which is a great accomplishment. And which means that now we should try to double its capacity, let the Fedora Project again help out financially, and build it up once more to be self-sustaining (but twice as big)!

Anyway, a big public thank you to everyone associated with the Fedora Free Media Project -- especially all of the volunteers and local coordinators.

free media follow up

The Fedora Project's official support of the Free Media Project not only has included financial donations in the past, but also DVDs from our main production. That is to say, during the Fedora Core 6 timeframe we sent several hundred of our official DVDs to Thomas Chung for him to redistribute. We'll do that again in the Fedora 7 timeframe.

red hat high (as in school)

Red Hat High is a week-long summer camp for rising 8th and 9th graders. This is the second year that Red Hat has done the program. Last year my contribution was giving a talk about the collaborative power of wikis to the campers.

This year, Greg is the primary organizer of Red Hat High, and I'm spending most of my day today reverting to my QA roots and helping out by testing the Red Hat High LiveCD (based on Fedora 7 with some software from the Planet CCRMA repos) in the various computer labs on NCSU's campus that will be home to the different tracks.

There's a few different hardware setups. Some work, some don't. I have a long list of notes which I'm sure will make Robin Norwood, the builder of the LiveCD, very grumpy.

Also: two of the tracks focus heavily on audio and video creation. I hope those classrooms have speakers attached to the computers, because none of the rooms I've been in do. :-P