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Author: Russell Dickenson (AKA phayz) <ph...@frugalware.org>
Date:   Thu Feb 18 21:31:46 2010 +1000

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+  <h2>Frugalware Linux Newsletter - Issue 58</h2>
+
+  <h2>...to inform...to educate...to entertain</h2>
+
+  <p>FIXME - insert quote</p>
+
+  <h2>Welcome</h2>
+
+  <p>The newsletter's aim is to keep you up to date with what's happened
+  recently in the world of the Linux distribution 'Frugalware'.</p>
+
+  <p>Features of this issue include:</p>
+
+  <ul>
+    <li>FIXME</li>
+
+    <li>FIXME</li>
+
+    <li>FIXME</li>
+  </ul>
+
+  <h2>Events</h2>
+
+  <p>Here's a selection of events which have occurred since the previous
+  newsletter:</p>
+
+  <ul>
+    <li>
+      <h3>Frugalware 1.2pre1 has been released</h3>
+
+      <p>On FIXME, VMiklos announced the release of Frugalware 1.2 pre1</p>
+    </li>
+
+    <li>
+      <h3>Droid fonts set</h3>
+
+      <p>Frugalware developer Devil505 recently took a break from packaging 
games and
+instead packaged the <a href="http://www.droidfonts.com";>Droid</a> set of 
fonts</a>. The TrueType fonts were
+created specifically for the Android mobile platform, but they are compatible
+with Linux and other platforms. They were designed to look stylish but also be
+clear and crisp, especially important on a small screen. The set of fonts
+currently includes Droid Sans, Droid Sans Mono and Droid Serif, with condensed
+versions of Droid Sans in development. The Sans Mono (obviously a monospace
+font) is especially nice, so try it in your favourite terminal emulator,
+text editor or IDE.</p>
+
+<p>If you are interested in fonts, please also read the
+<a href="http://www.droidfonts.com/droidfonts/about/";>story</a> about the
+development of the Droid fonts because it's very interesting. Like the software
+we run on Linux, the freedom of the fonts we use is also important. Many thanks
+to Google for making these fonts available for everyone to use.</p>
+    </li>
+
+    <li>
+      <h3>Frugalware's greatest hits</h3>
+
+      <p>To celebrate Frugalware's achievements over its five-year history, the
+      various teams have combined to record and release a CD containing songs
+      which reflect the nature of Frugalware itself. Although each song's
+      lyrics are original, their titles were copied from other artists' hit
+      songs.</p>
+
+    </li>
+  </ul>
+
+FRUGALWARE SONGS
+
+"Honey Honey" - ABBA
+
+Git It, Git It - Stack$
+
+Git Bizzy - Big Daddy Kane
+
+Devil's Gonna Git You - Bessie Smith
+
+C'Mon Wit Da Git Down - Artifacts
+
+    <dl>
+       <dt>"Honey Honey" (Original artist - ABBA)</dt>
+           <dd>This song is dedicated to a wonderful creature, the honey bee. 
On this
+track Carl Anderson (AKA beecarl) sings solo. It's a very emotional song, in
+which beecarl expresses just how much he loves this creature. If you don't
+know why he is singing about bees, please read Carl's interview in newsletter 
issue FIXME.</dd>
+       <dt>C'Mon Wit Da Git Down (Original artist - Artifacts)</dt>
+           <dd></dd>
+       <dt>Git Bizzy (Original artist - Big Daddy Kane)</dt>
+           <dd></dd>
+       <dt>I Want You Back (Original artist - FIXME)</dt>
+           <dd>This song is for everyone who has ever cried after accidentally 
deleting an
+important file/partition. The entire development team sings on this track,
+since everyone has been affected by this tragedy at some time in their lives.
+</dd>
+       <dt>If You Don't Know Me By Now (Original artist - Simply Red)</dt>
+           <dd>Let's be honest - geeks don't like to read documentation. 
Instead they will
+try every combination of options until whatever they are doing works, before
+they give in and read the documentation, usually a man page. The full title of
+this track is "If You Don't Know Me By Now, RTFM" but censorship rules required
+that the "RTFM" be removed from the title. VMiklos is the lead singer on this
+track, with other developers humming along.</dd>
+       <dt>Title</dt>
+           <dd>Description</dd>
+    </dl>
+
+
+<p>Garage</p>
+
+
+  <h2>Frugalware's artists are people too!</h2>
+
+  <p>This is the latest series of interviews with members of the Frugalware
+  artwork team. Their role is to create artwork which can be used in themeing
+  various aspects of Frugalware to make it look good. It's not as easy as it
+  sounds, with monitors of different dimensions and the various
+  applications which can be themed having different methods of themeing.</p>
+
+  <p>This issue's interview is with WebEagle, so please read on...</p>
+
+  <dl>
+    <dt><strong>What's your name?</strong></dt>
+       <dd><p>My name is Tristan Jouët.</p></dd>
+    <dt><strong>What's your IRC/forum nickname?</strong></dt>
+       <dd><p> my nickname is WebEagle and I am often on
+the French channel (on Freenode).</p></dd>
+    <dt><strong>In what country do you live?</strong></dt>
+       <dd><p> I live in Paris (France).</p></dd>
+    <dt><strong>In what country were you born?</strong></dt>
+       <dd><p>I was born of course in France.</p></dd>
+    <dt><strong>Have you always been artistic?</strong></dt>
+       <dd><p>I am an officer in the paratroopers in the French Army, but I 
have
+loved everything related to art since I was little... I like to draw
+from time to time but that is not really my passion. I have begun
+doing web-site design but it's hard to begin it with free software (I
+know I only need to use a text editor but that's a little bit
+boring).</p></dd>
+    <dt><strong>Do you create artwork in other forms - sculpture, painting 
etc?</strong></dt>
+       <dd><p>I play airsoft (I know, I love action) so I love customizing (by
+painting) my replicas. I play music too (synthesizer). I love electro
+music and free music (I will also soon publish singles on Jamendo).</p></dd>
+    <dt><strong>What operating system(s) do you use when creating 
artwork?</strong></dt>
+       <dd><p>I discovered Frugalware 4 months ago , by a post (I don't 
remember
+where) of Devil505 and I fell under the spell of this very responsive
+distribution
+with a great community.</p></dd>
+    <dt><strong>What software do you use to create artwork?</strong></dt>
+       <dd><p>I only use a tablet, Gimp, and Agave to create this artwork, and 
of
+course on Frugalware . I did it just for fun, no stress ... Through
+this I met many
+very nice people like Devil505 , Lenezir , Centuri0 , Mckey and other
+super guys.</p></dd>
+    <dt><strong>How do you think Frugalware's artwork might be 
improved?</strong></dt>
+       <dd><p>I think Frugalware's artwork might be improved by a larger number
+of artists because there are only three of us and all are French, so
+that's not really funny. But Frugalware is not really famous, its
+installer is full of bugs and not very attractive, but I know the team
+works hard to arrange it all. I hope this artwork will make people
+want to create the next release's artwork and to test Locris.</p></dd>
+
+
+<p>7-  I hope that Locris will be really great ... maybe that soon you
+will see me as a packager ;) .</p>
+
+
+  <h2>FLOSS developers are people too</h2>
+
+  <p>Without developers, we wouldn't have the Linux kernel and all the software
+  that we run on the platform. What motivates FLOSS developers? Why does anyone
+  choose to spend their time writing software when they don't get paid to do
+  so? What do developers do when they're not writing software? These questions
+  and more are the inspiration behind this new section of the newsletter.</p>
+
+  <p>In interviews with FLOSS developers, we get to know them a little better
+  as people, and what motivates them in their quest for better software. I'm
+  very excited by this new series because I admire their work very much. I'm
+  also very grateful to them for taking the time to reply to my requests.</p>
+
+  <p>Interviews in the next few issues will feature:</p>
+
+  <ul>
+    <li>The developer of Code Browser;</li>
+
+    <li>David Siegel - Gnome Do developer;</li>
+
+    <li>Jesse van den Kieboom - gedit developer.</li>
+  </ul>
+
+  <p>This issue, we have an interview with Ali Abdallah - Xfce and Parole
+  developer</p>
+
+  <dl>
+    <dt><strong>What's your name?</strong></dt>
+
+    <dd><p>Ali Abdallah</p></dd>
+
+    <dt><strong>What FLOSS projects are you involved in?</strong></dt>
+
+    <dd><p>The Xfce Goodies Project, which includes additional software for 
Xfce
+    to make this desktop environment more complete. I developed a power manager
+    and currently I'm developing a media player called Parole, with plans for
+    more projects.</p></dd>
+
+    <dt><strong>What led to you being a FLOSS
+    developer/contributor?</strong></dt>
+
+    <dd><p>I was having fun building my own packages from scratch to get a
+    functional system. I knew Xfce by coincidence from a forum, got its
+    source code and started building it. Without too much of pain and external
+    dependencies, I quickly got a fast, simple and usable desktop environment.
+    At that moment also I was reading a book about Gtk+. Having the book and
+    the Xfce code as a perfect examples in front of me was a big motivation to
+    start learning real world programming, so I started by writing my own
+    battery plug-in for the Xfce panel. Shortly after that I started to work on
+    a power manager for Xfce, since it didn't have one. I sent my work to the
+    Xfce mailing list and they were very kind to encourage me to 
continue.</p></dd>
+
+    <dt><strong>What do you like about being a FLOSS
+    developer/contributor?</strong></dt>
+
+    <dd><p>Freedom and knowledge sharing, the thing that when you work on a
+    project and you publish the results including the source code is a major
+    point. Just like Math when you work on a theory and you publish your work 
so
+    other people can contribute and continue its improvements. This is the case
+    in Math and FLOSS, but unfortunately it is not in computer science. FLOSS
+    is a very big source of information. When I work on a project for Xfce I
+    already have many working examples to learn from, to get their source,
+    modify it if needed and publish the modifications.</p></dd>
+
+    <dt><strong>What don't you like about being a FLOSS
+    developer/contributor?</strong></dt>
+
+    <dd><p>Too much freedom probably. Let me explain, it is not about FLOSS
+    itself, but it is about two issues that I face all the time as a FLOSS
+    developer, contributor and user, first the relation between the developer
+    and the end users is sometimes horrible, a simple search on a bug tracker
+    system of a FLOSS project will most probably reveal sentences like, "you
+    don't pay me", "it is working for me, if you have a problem with it fix it
+    yourself", "don't waste my time" and so on... in addition you will see
+    important bug reports that are lingering forever, fortunately this is not
+    the case in Xfce, honestly i'm not saying that because i work for this
+    project, but i face this problem myself almost everywhere.</p></dd>
+
+    <dd><p>Second the developers of FLOSS feel that they have too much freedom 
to
+    completely re-write their projects, things get complicated when these
+    projects are important services and libraries, if there is an API change
+    this makes life harder, specially for desktop developers, to keep their
+    project compatible with these changes, but okay, i have to say this is
+    reduced a lot these days, and now i feel that there is a clear strategy on
+    how things should go.</p></dd>
+
+    <dt><strong>What motivates you to work on your project(s)?</strong></dt>
+
+    <dd><p>The same motivation that motivates me to work on Math, drink alcohol
+    have sex and other thing that i like, the pleasure.</p></dd>
+
+    <dt><strong>What do you do outside the FLOSS world?</strong></dt>
+
+    <dd><p>Professionally, i work for the the European Organization for Nuclear
+    Research - CERN, as a programmer, apart from that, as i'm mathematician by
+    the way, i'm interested in mathematics and fundamentals, specially logic, i
+    work on my free time on these topics.</p></dd>
+
+    <dt><strong>What operating system(s) do you use and why?</strong></dt>
+
+    <dd><p>I use Linux, on my laptop and my home server, because i have the
+    possibility to study it and at any time i can modify a part of it to fit my
+    need, of course this is possible on other operating systems but i use Linux
+    because also in the last three years Linux gained a good hardware support
+    compared to other operating systems, in addition a lot of FLOSS projects
+    are developed and tested under Linux.</p></dd>
+
+    <dt><strong>If people are interested in helping your project(s), how might 
they do
+    this?</strong></dt>
+
+    <dd><p>Probably in my projects i need people to translate into their own
+    native language and to test of course, but In Xfce we are in need of
+    people, there is a lot of things to do, for a few people, it is a pleasure
+    for everybody in Xfce to see people wanting to contribute to this nice
+    Project.</p></dd>
+  </dl>
+
+  <h2>Getting To Know You</h2>
+
+  <p>In this section of the newsletter, we get to know Frugalware Linux a
+  little at a time. This is not meant to replace the official documentation but
+  instead make it easier to read. This should suit those those people who, like
+  me, have short attention spans. :)</p>
+
+  <h2>Tips and tricks</h2>
+
+  <p><b>Disclaimer</b> - Be aware that the hints &amp; tips provided here have
+  NOT been tested and so come with no warranty.</p>
+  <pre>
+[11:55] &lt;+ryuo&gt; Xft.dpi: 96
+[11:55] &lt;+ryuo&gt; this changes the DPI for rendered text
+[11:55] &lt;+ryuo&gt; Xft.rgba: rgb
+[11:55] &lt;+ryuo&gt; this changes the subpixel hinting or something like that
+[11:56] &lt;+ryuo&gt; Xft.hinting: true
+[11:56] &lt;+ryuo&gt; turn hinting on or off
+[11:56] &lt;+ryuo&gt; Xft.hintstyle: hintslight
+[11:56] &lt;+ryuo&gt; this changes the hinting style used
+[11:56] &lt;+phayz&gt; ryuo: i'll copy and paste this since i'm using a web 
irc client at the moment
+[11:56] &lt;+ryuo&gt; theres 4 settings there
+[11:56] &lt;+ryuo&gt; hintslight, hintmedium, hintfull or hintnone
+[11:56] &lt;+ryuo&gt; i recall 4 settings for rgba
+[11:57] &lt;+ryuo&gt; rgb, bgr, vrgb, vbgr
+[11:57] &lt;+ryuo&gt; and i think theres also none
+[11:57] &lt;+ryuo&gt; a setting for disabling it altogether
+[11:58] &lt;+ryuo&gt; this is only useful if you dont set it via a desktop 
environment
+[11:59] &lt;+ryuo&gt; effects most font rendering used in X11 because most 
font is rendered by Xft
+</pre>
+  <pre>
+[12:44] &lt;+ryuo&gt; cpu scaling, one is to use a program like powernowd
+[12:44] &lt;+ryuo&gt; i use the other method
+[12:45] &lt;+ryuo&gt; add 2 modules to start up, the module for your CPU 
scaling
+[12:45] &lt;+ryuo&gt; the other is for the cpufreq governor
+[12:45] &lt;+ryuo&gt; theres 4
+[12:45] &lt;+ryuo&gt; for my cpu i use powernow-k8 for the controller
+[12:45] &lt;+ryuo&gt; cpufreq_ondemand cpufreq_conservative cpufreq_powersave 
cpufreq_performance
+[12:46] &lt;+ryuo&gt; cpufreq_performance sets the cpu to the highest 
frequency always
+[12:46] &lt;+ryuo&gt; cpufreq_powersafe sets the cpu to the lowest frequency 
always
+[12:46] &lt;+ryuo&gt; cpufreq_ondemand/conservative keep it at the lowest 
except under heavy load
+[12:46] &lt;+ryuo&gt; conservative is more reluctant to scale up but ondemand 
is more willing
+[12:47] &lt;+ryuo&gt; and finally i do this
+[12:48] &lt;+ryuo&gt; add this line to /etc/rc.d/rc.local to set the governor 
each reboot
+[12:48] &lt;+ryuo&gt; echo "(name of governor)" &gt; 
/sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/scaling_governor
+[11:59] &lt;+ryuo&gt; effects most font rendering used in X11 because most 
font is rendered by Xft
+</pre>
+
+  <p>This section relies on your contributions! If you have some tips and
+  tricks that you would like to be shown in the newsletter, <em>please</em>
+  post them on the forums.</p>
+
+  <h2>Focus On Package(s)</h2>
+
+  <h3>Droid Fonts</h3>
+
+  <h2>Bug fixes</h2>
+
+  <p>The following table gives you a overview of activity on bugs and feature
+  requests as at FIXME. In each cell of the table is a link to a detailed list
+  of the relevant bugs or feature requests.</p>
+
+  <table border="1" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="0">
+    <tr>
+      <th>Activity</th>
+
+      <th>Bugs</th>
+
+      <th>Feature<br>
+      Requests</th>
+    </tr>
+
+    <tr>
+      <td>Open</td>
+
+      <td><a href=
+      
"http://bugs.frugalware.org/index.php?string=&amp;project=1&amp;type[]=1&amp;sev[]=&amp;pri[]=&amp;due[]=&amp;reported[]=&amp;cat[]=&amp;status[]=open&amp;percent[]=&amp;opened=&amp;dev=&amp;closed=&amp;duedatefrom=&amp;duedateto=&amp;changedfrom=&amp;changedto=&amp;openedfrom=&amp;openedto=&amp;closedfrom=&amp;closedto=&amp;do=index";>
+      FIXME</a></td>
+
+      <td><a href=
+      
"http://bugs.frugalware.org/index.php?string=&amp;project=1&amp;type[]=2&amp;sev[]=&amp;pri[]=&amp;due[]=&amp;reported[]=&amp;cat[]=&amp;status[]=open&amp;percent[]=&amp;opened=&amp;dev=&amp;closed=&amp;duedatefrom=&amp;duedateto=&amp;changedfrom=&amp;changedto=&amp;openedfrom=&amp;openedto=&amp;closedfrom=&amp;closedto=&amp;do=index";>
+      FIXME</a></td>
+    </tr>
+
+    <tr>
+      <td>Opened since the previous newsletter</td>
+
+      <td><a href=
+      
"http://bugs.frugalware.org/index.php?string=&amp;project=1&amp;type[]=1&amp;sev[]=&amp;pri[]=&amp;due[]=&amp;reported[]=&amp;cat[]=&amp;status[]=open&amp;percent[]=&amp;opened=&amp;dev=&amp;closed=&amp;duedatefrom=&amp;duedateto=&amp;changedfrom=&amp;changedto=&amp;openedfrom=2009-07-19&amp;openedto=&amp;closedfrom=&amp;closedto=&amp;do=index";>
+      FIXME</a></td>
+
+      <td><a href=
+      
"http://bugs.frugalware.org/index.php?string=&amp;project=1&amp;type[]=2&amp;sev[]=&amp;pri[]=&amp;due[]=&amp;reported[]=&amp;cat[]=&amp;status[]=open&amp;percent[]=&amp;opened=&amp;dev=&amp;closed=&amp;duedatefrom=&amp;duedateto=&amp;changedfrom=&amp;changedto=&amp;openedfrom=2009-07-19&amp;openedto=&amp;closedfrom=&amp;closedto=&amp;do=index";>
+      FIXME</a></td>
+    </tr>
+
+    <tr>
+      <td>Closed since the previous newsletter</td>
+
+      <td><a href=
+      
"http://bugs.frugalware.org/index.php?string=&amp;project=1&amp;type%5B%5D=1&amp;sev%5B%5D=&amp;pri%5B%5D=&amp;due%5B%5D=&amp;reported%5B%5D=&amp;cat%5B%5D=&amp;status%5B%5D=closed&amp;percent%5B%5D=&amp;opened=&amp;dev=&amp;closed=&amp;duedatefrom=&amp;duedateto=&amp;changedfrom=&amp;changedto=&amp;openedfrom=&amp;openedto=&amp;closedfrom=2009-07-19&amp;closedto=&amp;do=index";>
+      FIXME</a></td>
+
+      <td><a href=
+      
"http://bugs.frugalware.org/index.php?string=&amp;project=1&amp;type%5B%5D=2&amp;sev%5B%5D=&amp;pri%5B%5D=&amp;due%5B%5D=&amp;reported%5B%5D=&amp;cat%5B%5D=&amp;status%5B%5D=closed&amp;percent%5B%5D=&amp;opened=&amp;dev=&amp;closed=&amp;duedatefrom=&amp;duedateto=&amp;changedfrom=&amp;changedto=&amp;openedfrom=&amp;openedto=&amp;closedfrom=2009-07-19&amp;closedto=&amp;do=index";>
+      FIXME</a></td>
+    </tr>
+  </table>
+
+  <h2>Security announcements</h2>
+
+  <p><b>Remember</b> - According to the normal support arrangements for
+  Frugalware, the release of 1.1 ("Getorin") means that no further security or
+  bug fixes will be released for Frugalware 1.0 ("Anacreon") or earlier
+  releases.</p>
+
+  <p>Here is a list of <a href="/security">security issues</a> which have been
+  discovered and fixed in the 1.1 release since the previous newsletter.</p>
+
+  <p>*** FIXME ***</p>
+
+  <h2>About the newsletter</h2>
+
+  <h3>Author</h3>
+
+  <p>The Frugalware newsletter is written and edited by Russell Dickenson (AKA
+  phayz). Credit for the Frugalware distribution goes to the development
+  team.</p>
+
+  <h3>Translations</h3>
+
+  <p>The newsletter is currently translated into <a href=
+  "http://frugalware-fr.org";>French</a> and <a href=
+  "http://frugalware.dk/?cat=5";>Danish</a> by their respective communities.
+  Thanks to all those involved in providing and hosting these translations.</p>
+
+  <h3>Release</h3>
+
+  <p>To allow time for review and corrections, each newsletter is written ahead
+  of its release date. Therefore it may not mention events which occurred in
+  the few days before its release - e.g. security fixes. To be sure that you've
+  got the very latest information on these topics, go to the appropriate page
+  of the Frugalware web site.</p>
+
+  <h3>Feedback</h3>
+
+  <p>If you have feedback about the Frugalware newsletter - whether good or bad
+  - please provide it via the forums. Your feedback is valuable because we want
+  the newsletter to meet the needs of Frugalware's users.</p>
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