5 Fun things in Fedora 12 (Video)

I recently got a Kodak zi8 video recorder. It works great in Fedora 12 so I was inspired to create a 15-minute video highlighting five fun things in Fedora 12.

Here’s what those things are – but be sure to watch the video for more information 🙂 :

#1 Cheese

#2 Mana World

#3 Miro

#4 Tablet Support

#5 Agave

These aren’t necessarily the best or top or even most fun five things in Fedora, just five things I thought were fun and would like to demonstrate. So watch the video (A transcript is available as well) and enjoy. 🙂

Part 1:

Direct YouTube Link

Part 2:

Direct YouTube Link

You can try out all the things I demonstrated in Fedora 12 yourself. Download Fedora 12 today – get.fedoraproject.org.

(P.S. This video was edited in Fedora 12 using PiTiVi 🙂 )

About Máirín Duffy

Máirín is a principal interaction designer at Red Hat. She is passionate about software freedom and free & open source tools, particularly in the creative domain: her favorite application is Inkscape. You can read more from Máirín on her blog at blog.linuxgrrl.com.


34 thoughts on “5 Fun things in Fedora 12 (Video)

  1. I just picked up a Zi8 last week to replace my Flip camera. It’s a nice little unit. 🙂

    Posted by heathenx | November 30, 2009, 12:52 pm
    • Isn’t it? I love how it has an external mic input. I wish it had a line out too, but if I could only have one I prefer the external mic input. 🙂

      Posted by mairin | November 30, 2009, 1:01 pm
  2. NO FAIR! XD ubuntu needs to get that cool. I’m not switching but! THAT IS AWESOME! LINUX FTW!

    now… please stop making me laugh when I read your blog 🙂 on planet GNOME. I’ve got chronic comedy and the doctor said I need to stop laughing so much before I hurt myself 🙂

    Posted by rolandixor | November 30, 2009, 1:04 pm
  3. question… my laptop holds two drives. I plan to get a 500 for karmic (already have karmic, but it’s been upgraded twice already… so too much cruft.

    if I get a second drive, can fedora coexist without eating the swap partition on my ubuntu drive? (I tried SUSE in dual boot before.. and it wanted to eat ubuntu, so I didn’t go any further 😦 )…

    Posted by rolandixor | November 30, 2009, 1:09 pm
    • Hi Roland, I’m not aware of any issues with Fedora and Ubuntu residing on the same drive or on the same computer on separate drives. I don’t know that swap space is going to be an issue as much as making sure both have entries in your bootloader (probably GRUB).

      There is some documentation available on creating Fedora / Ubuntu dual boot systems that you might find helpful, if a little outdated: http://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/build-an-ubuntu-fedora-dual-boot-system/

      I have also heard of people doing it successfully. I will be frank though and tell you I have no experience myself – I’ve never run Ubuntu before.

      Posted by mairin | November 30, 2009, 1:13 pm
  4. Nice work! I didn’t know about a few of those. Now I want a tablet..

    Posted by Ahmed | November 30, 2009, 1:27 pm
  5. Which software have you used for video editing?

    Posted by Me | November 30, 2009, 2:49 pm
    • I used PiTiVi in Fedora 12 – there’s a link at the end of the blog post. 🙂

      Posted by mairin | November 30, 2009, 3:24 pm
      • Great video.

        What codec did you use to render the output from pitivi so that it works on youtube? I’ve tried all sorts of things and haven’t yet found a good trade-off between quality vs file size.

        Posted by Tim Waugh | December 1, 2009, 7:35 am
  6. Ur an osome human being:____)

    Posted by John Mackay | November 30, 2009, 3:21 pm
  7. Now that I have a new tv and can hook up the svideo output from my Fedora laptop to the video in on the tv…I’m really looking forward to playing with Miro.

    Posted by jef spaleta | November 30, 2009, 4:29 pm
  8. Thanks to you I’ve discovered a new app (Agave) which seems to be both fun and useful.
    Although I’ve already installed Fedora 12 on my laptop, watching your video now makes me want to buy a tablet PC… (u_u)
    Anyway, those videos are a really cool idea. It would be great to present some apps like that, (each month, a new video : “The free app of the month, on Fedora…”.
    No doubt it would be a very smart promotional tool 😉

    Posted by Stéphane | November 30, 2009, 7:26 pm
  9. Hi Fellow Art Panda, Mo!

    I really enjoyed your little video – and I enjoy Fedora 12 😀 It’s totally awesome.

    Hmm… Now I really have to get a tablet…

    // Kristho

    Posted by Kris Thomsen | November 30, 2009, 7:56 pm
  10. Great video! Some interesinting pieces of software that I didn’t know like xournal or mypaint. Seeing this video I would like to have a tabletpc or better, a moultitouch one!


    Posted by Khudsa | December 1, 2009, 2:40 pm
  11. Awesome Mo! This video is a great alternative for those who want to know some features of Fedora.

    Posted by Jayme Ayres | December 1, 2009, 3:24 pm
  12. I don’t know much about editing videos in Linux. How is gtk-recordmydesktop? It creates screencasts in ogg theora. I’m curious, does that create some complications with non-free codecs?

    Posted by Pratik | December 2, 2009, 2:42 am
    • Aside being buggy in F12, RecordMyDesktop is fine, is my tool of choice for recording screencasts. It does not create any complication with other codecs, you just transcode to one format to another – but ideally keep the transcoding to a minimum, since converting from a lossy format to other lossy one will bee… lossy :p

      Posted by nicubunu | December 2, 2009, 8:58 am
  13. The video is cool and the image quality surprisingly good for a pocket recorder, still I find the camera shaking to be tiresome, maybe next time get some other person to record the video while you are performing (I would have suggested a tripod, but you need to zoom and focus).

    If you had to split the video, if would be better to cut at the end of a “chapter”, say just before about the part about GIMP.

    One side note: I discovered a fun way to use Xournal – you can also add notes to screenshots (it can also capture the screenshots). And I am playing myself with shape recognition 😀

    Posted by nicubunu | December 2, 2009, 5:59 am
  14. I am happy to see what opensource software right now.

    That was a great Show Thanks =)

    Posted by Ali | December 3, 2009, 4:26 am
  15. i think you guys are the best:)

    Posted by Jakup Bjarkhamar | December 15, 2009, 6:03 pm
  16. it is the most stable linux system, and you can play with it and customize it to any taste

    Posted by wedding video Dublin | December 16, 2009, 12:43 pm
  17. sweet video, thanks alot. i love linux.

    Posted by badakku | December 19, 2009, 7:42 am


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