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
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Girl Scouts’ Digital Media Course Materials

So you might remember this past October I started teaching a weekly digital media course to middle-school aged Girl Scout troop using Gimp and Inkscape on Fedora live USB sticks. We held 2-hour sessions in a community center computer lab on Friday nights, assisted by volunteer teaching assistants and Kim who was the Girl Scouts’ … Continue reading

Unpackaged Open Font of the Week: Crimson Text

Hey, it can be the unpackaged open font of the week, and some weeks just don’t have fonts, right? 🙂 Crimson Text is a traditional, Garamond-inspired serif font family meant for use, as upstream terms it, a “workhorse” font that could be used generally, including flourishes, small caps, symbols, etc. The font is a lovely … Continue reading

Fedora Board Blog

The Fedora Board now has a blog of its own. I had been doing some Board meeting summaries here in my own blog, but that’s not a good long-term solution so with the help of Sijis & Fedora Infrastructure, the Fedora Board now has a shared blog. That being said, I goofed when I originally … Continue reading


This post is just a little bit of thinking about a particular warning dialog in the Fedora installer. There is a ‘just for now,’ simple, low-churn solution to the issue, but the larger problem remains unsolved. I’ve also documented this saga in the Fedora wiki for posterity. It’s what I’ve been looking at over the … Continue reading

Get juiced with Pulp!

There’s a fairly new free software (GPLv2) project you might be interested in. As Jason Dobies mentioned, it’s nice and juicy. It’s called Pulp and it essentially makes managing software and updates on multiple systems a much simpler, less time-intensive task. Pulp is aimed at folks who manage many systems, whether they are desktops, servers, … Continue reading

Fedora Installation User Experience Improvements & Syslinux

Over the past couple of days I’ve been working with the Anaconda team trying to figure out how provide a better experience in syslinux. This is a work-in-progress, but here is some of the background, discussion that’s taken place so far, and where things are at currently. Background So we’ve been wanting to revamp the … Continue reading

Fedora Board Meetings, 12 & 15 Nov 2010

The Fedora Board meeting schedule works as follows: Every Monday, the Board will meet via phone at 2 PM Eastern time (1900 UTC atm). Every other Friday (the next one is this Friday, 12 Nov), the Board will hold a public ‘office hours’ style questions & answers session in #fedora-board-meeting at 2 PM Eastern time. … Continue reading

Fedora Board Meeting, 8 Nov 2010

Just as a quick reminder, the Fedora Board has been following a new schedule over the past month or so. This new schedule works as follows: Every Monday, the Board will meet via phone at 2 PM Eastern time (1900 UTC atm). Every other Friday (the next one is this Friday, 12 Nov), the Board … Continue reading

Linux Plumber’s Conference Day 1

Yesterday I attended the Linux Plumbers’ Conference in Cambridge, MA. State of the Kernel First there was an opening talk by Jonathan Corbet, which was a report on the current state of the kernel. Some take-aways I got from the talk is we have about 1100 kernel developers currently, 300 are very active, and the … Continue reading