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I was just looking at the Google Analytics reports for my blog and discovered a nice one. It shows from where people have visited my site in a period of time and I just created a nice one:

Weblog visits in September/2009

Visits in September/2009

Cool stuff!

New ‘gas’ for keeping writing. :)

Na última quarta-feira (07/10), atendendo ao convide do coordenador do curso de Sistema de Informação, compareci na Faculdades Energia/FASC – Faculdades Associadas de Santa Catarina em Criciúma. Como na maioria das faculdades e universidades, uma vez por ano os cursos promovem a semana acadêmica, que tem o intuito de trazer palestras referentes aos assuntos de interesse.Palestra na Faculdades Energia/FASC em Criciúma

Fui convidado para falar de Software Livre. Aproveitei para falar como toda essa “ideologia” funciona na prática, baseado nas minhas próprias experiências dentro do Projeto Fedora e consequentemente no Transifex. Comecei dando uma pincelada sobre o que é GNU, Kernel Linux, distribuição e a filosofia por trás do termo Software Livre. Tudo isso com exemplos diretos aplicados dentro do Fedora.

Meu foco principal foi tentar incentivar a audiência, que por sinal estava ótima, com sala cheia (~120 pessoas), a ver o quanto é fácil começar a colaborar com o movimento de Software Livre e de Código Aberto. Fiz questão de frisar que a comunidade (não fanboys) do Fedora está de portas abertas e que qualquer pessoa tem algo a oferecer, é só querer contribuir. ;)

A apresentação pode ser encontrada em http://diegobz.fedorapeople.org/presentations/

Thank you Paul, for your excellent presentation, which I took as a template for mine. :)

Dear Fedora Translators

Hello, Fedora Translators!

As you might already know, we are running transifex.net for any Open Source project that wants to receive translations from the community in general. Following this directive, we just enabled Transifex (Tx) itself (http://transifex.net/projects/p/transifex/) to receive translations from there.

Up to now, Tx was receiving translations only from the Fedora community. Thinking about a more upstream way of collaboration, now I would like to encourage you guys to join transifex.net, in order to continue the awesome work you have done with Tx. Beside you guys, now Tx will be able to receive translations from other folks as well. :)

Submission of files from https://translate.fedoraproject.org/projects/transifex/ is no longer enabled, and we will remove it from t.fp.o completely in 2-3 days, in order to avoid any confusion. :)

Thanks for your supporting.

In Fedora 11 we had a very cool feature that allows people with laptops, with fingerprint reader, to be able to authenticate using a single finger. Although the feature page of Fedora only explains how to enable it using GNOME and gdm, I just found out how to enable it using KDE and kdm.

First of all, I needed to find out if my Dell Vostro 1310  had the fingerprint reader supported by fprintd.  I just ran a `lsusb` and realized that my reader (ID: 0483:2016) was supported by the upekts driver. So far so good. :)

After it, I ran the following command to install some packages. I’m not sure if everything here is really needed, but you know, in any case I just left them there.

yum -y install fprintd fprintd-pam authconfig

Once I got all packages installed I enabled the Fingerprint authentication. You can do it running `system-config-authentication` or `authconfig`.

authconfig

Configuration for fingerprint reader in authconfig

The next step was to ‘register’ my finger to my user. For doing it I just opened a command line terminal and ran `fprintd-enroll`. This required me to pass my finger on the reader three times and that was it.

fprintd-enroll

fprintd-enroll output

If anything goes wrong it will probably tell you, but anyway you can verify your fingerprint with `fprintd-verify`.

Once everything was ready I just did a logout and now either in the kdm or in the screenlock of KDE, I just need to hit Enter pass my finger on the reader and hit Enter again. :)

This past week I became a packager for Fedora. It’s been a long time I would like to learn how to do it and I took the new dependencies of the upcoming Transifex 0.7, as an opportunity to make it happen.

rpm-package-fedora1I started with packages very simple to be packaged. Actually they were more or less only small Python apps based on Django, but I guess it was a good start.

One thing that I found very good was the Fedora documentation for joining as a package maintainer. I just needed to follow the instructions there and everything went well. If you are planning to become a Fedora packager as well, that page is definitely where you should start.

FWIW, I’ve taken some packages as owner and co-owner so far: https://admin.fedoraproject.org/pkgdb/users/packages/diegobz

Cool :)

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