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My immutable Fedora

April 29, 2021

For many years now, I’ve been using immutable versions of Fedora. I remember that I started to play with immutable Fedora back in 2015 when Fedora Atomic was new. I liked the idea since the first time I’ve read about it, but in the beginning, I did not spend too much time making it work on my setup because it seemed a little bit too complex. At DevConf.cz 2016, I met Patrick Uiterwijk, who was running his spin of Fedora Atomic.

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Fedora Nest 2020

August 10, 2020

This year Flock did not happen due to COVID-19, and in its place, Fedora Nest happened. After many events I’ve seen going virtual in the last few months, I was skeptical. I was yet to see an acceptable online platform to run events. I was wrong on the platform. Fedora Nest used Hopin, which is by far the best platform for events I’ve seen so far. Don’t get your expectations too high, though, because when I say the best one I’ve seen so far, only means that it is usable, and it does not mean in any way that is on par of real conferences.

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Why I switched to systemd-resolved

April 15, 2020

Yesterday, a controversial proposal got posted in the Fedora Devel mailing list: enable systemd-resolved by default. I see this change favorably since I already enabled it a few weeks ago, and I find it a very sensible option. First, I have to admit that I see systemd and its mission of standardizing the core of the Linux user-space very favorably. At the current level of evolution of Linux, over time, this standardization and consistency will pay off much more than other alternatives.

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DevConf 2020

January 27, 2020 - Brno, CZ

As it happened at other times in my life, I managed to be present at DevConf. DevConf is one of the best conferences that I attend. The reasons are many and varied, starting from the location that I find relatively stress-free. Another reason is the fact that there are many different kinds of sessions, and many sessions are not overcrowded, so it is relatively simple to participate in any session you would like to.

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DevConf 2017

January 29, 2017 - Brno, CZ

I think this is a special moment of the year, where in less than two weeks is possible to meet a huge amount of Open Source contributors in person. Obviously you will need to take few flights, but it’s definitely worth. DevConf this year was great. I’ve been able to assist to a huge amount of talks (more than 20) and the majority of which were very interesting. As always in conferences, there are themes heavily discussed and other completely absent.

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FLOCK 2016

August 7, 2016 - Kraków, PL

This year, I have been able to go to Flock :). Flock location this year was Krakov (Poland). Since my flight arrival time was very close to Mailga’s one, I waited him at the airport and then we went together to the Flock location. This has proven to be a good idea, since we had the time to speak about some important topics around the Italian Community. We then arrived to the Flock location, were we discovered a problem with the rooms booking, but that got resolved in a quick way by Bexelbie.

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DevConf - day 4

February 8, 2016 - Brno, CZ

My last day at Brno has come, and I took the bus to Wien Airport, where I later got a plane to Milan. Overall, this was a very nice experience. I’ve met a lot of very interesting people and a lot of people I already knew but only by their IRC and FAS name. It’s always nice to be able to give faces to the names you always read. I really look forward for the next Fedora Event that probably it will be Flock 2016 for me.

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DevConf - day 3

February 7, 2016 - Brno, CZ

Today there were a lot of Fedora talks and sadly I was not able to see them all since there were two Fedora tracks. The most interesting talk I’ve assisted today was probably the Denise Dumas and Matthew Miller one about Fedora. Being the last day of the conference, it ended earlier so we (EMEA Ambassadors) were able to gather and meet to work a little bit on the 2017 budget.

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DevConf - day 2

February 6, 2016 - Brno, CZ

Today I spent the morning looking at very interesting sessions mainly about containers. Probably the most interesting talk of the day has been the one by Josh Bressers about security. In the afternoon I’ve had a very pleasant meeting with the Fedora Internationalization team to see where the various community are and what we can do to improve the current situation. Later I went to the party, but having misinterpreted the situation, I walked with Patrick and Ralph to their meeting place before going to the right location.

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DevConf - day 1

February 5, 2016 - Brno, CZ

This morning things started in the right way. My day started with Tim Burke’s talk and it was very interesting. After that talk, I attended the Adam Miller talk about immutable infrastructures and Daniel Walsh talk about Docker vs Systemd and I enjoyed them all :). Later on I had a very nice hallway talk with Remy DeCausemaker about local communities and translations, followed by an actual meeting about globalization in Fedora.

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DevConf - day 0

February 4, 2016 - Brno, CZ

Few days past from FOSDEM and I’m at yet another conference :). Today I flew to Wien and then took a train to Brno. After the hotel check-in I went to the conference location and I had a nice time with the Red Hat people while we were preparing the location for the event. The majority of the work was already done when I arrived, but few things were still missing (mainly indications to make users life easier like arrows pointing to the rooms, schedules, etc) so I got the opportunity to help :).

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The AWS tools are approaching EPEL7

January 27, 2016

A couple of weeks ago, I’ve announced the availability of AWS tools for Fedora. I’m very happy to announce that today they are available in the EPEL7 repository as well. The Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL) repository is an RPM repository managed by the Fedora community that creates, maintains, and manages a high quality set of additional packages for Enterprise Linux, including, but not limited to, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), CentOS, Scientific Linux (SL), and Oracle Linux (OL).

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The AWS tools are approaching Fedora

January 16, 2016

In the last few weeks I’ve worked toward bringing the Amazon Web Services tools in Fedora. The three AWS tools that are coming in the next few days in Fedora are: botocore: a low level Python library to interact with Amazon Web Services APIs boto3: a high level Python library to interact with Amazon Web Services APIs awscli: a Command Line Interface to interact with Amazon Web Services APIs Botocore just landed in Fedora updates repositories while boto3 and awscli will be pushed to the updates repository tomorrow or Monday morning.

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Innotop 1.10.0-0.3

December 22, 2015

Innotop is a tool that allows you to control the status of a MySQL/MariaDB database. It is widely used since it shows the data with an interface very similar to the top one. Lately it’s development has slowed down, but small changes do come regularly. The biggest change this time (compared to the 1.10.0-0.2 version) is the addition of a patch that allows innotop to work properly with MariaDB 10.1 and 10.

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qBittorrent 3.3.1

December 18, 2015

In the last few weeks I’ve worked toward bringing qBittorrent 3.3.1 to Fedora and EL7. Today I’ve requested the stable branch for Fedora 23 and in the next few days I’ll do the same for Fedora and EL7. Why am I writing about it instead of just leaving the updates come to you with the classical “dnf update”? Simply because this is a huge and very interesting update. The biggest change in this update has been the switch from Qt4 to Qt5.

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Fedora 23 release party

December 13, 2015

Few days ago, on November 23, we have had a Fedora 23 release party in Milan, as we announced in the wiki. This time we did something different from the previous one (the Fedora 21 release party) because we tried to do it in Milan, while the previous time we did it in Cernusco sul Naviglio that is a city very close to Milan. The number of people that participated at the event was below expectation, but probably this is not only caused by the more central location, but also the limited planning time we had due to the location that has been provided to us by StartMiUp, a coworking space.

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Hello Planet Fedora

August 24, 2014

Hi guys, my name is Fabio Alessandro Locati and I’m a Fedora packager involved in multiple packages. Also I’m in the process of becoming an Ambassador. I’m an Italian freelance system administrator and system architect. This is my first blog post on Planet Fedora and I think I’ll post here mainly about the packages I’m involved with, I will also – sometimes – blog about events, Fedora and Linux in general :).

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Innotop fixed for MariaDB 10

August 24, 2014

One of my clients asked me to upgrade their MySQL 5.1 installation to MariaDB 10. This caused some problems mainly due to the fact that many MySQL clients are not MariaDB 10 ready. An example of a MySQL client not yet ready for MariaDB 10 is Innotop. Innotop is a widely used client for MySQL/MariaDB that shows you an interface similar to the “top” Unix command. To solve this, I found a patch online and, after some testing, I’ve added it to the Fedora package.

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Make ION work properly in Fedora 15

July 23, 2011

The EeePc 1015PN, at least the European version, comes with these two video cards: 00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation N10 Family Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 02) 04:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GT218 [ION] (rev ff) The first one is a nice Intel integrated card that allows you to have good performance in the 99.9% of the typical netbook user-cases. In the other hand, the Nvidia ION is way more powerful than the integrated Intel card.

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