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Smolt, the next level

A open invitation to other distributions to adopt and use smolt just went out.

Some background information on this:

After having moved out of the Fedora Project Board I now have some time to focus on reaching out to other projects. Trying to get smolt adopted by other distributions is one of my first efforts along that lines.

Smolt is the opt-in hardware profiler for Fedora and while the initial focus was on Fedora, Smolt is derived from RHN client tools and is based on HAL and has always been portable to other Linux distributions and possibly other operating systems which HAL has been ported to like FreeBSD or Solaris. The idea as Max Spevack has hinted before is to have a neutral central website to gather metrics on Linux usage. There are many other advantages. We could understand some patterns and gain insight into how Linux systems are being used and prioritize testing and focus development. We could talk to hardware vendors and gain more support. A shared and coordinated effort between Linux distributions and other operating systems would have enormous benefits for both developers and end users.

I talked to Mike McGrath the primary developer and maintainer behind smolt and asked him to send out this invitation so that I can have a easy reference to talk to other Linux distributions about adopting smolt.

Even before this I came across Mandriva’s roadmap for the next version where they talk about a hardware profile feature very similar to what we have in Fedora 7 already. I have contacted Adam Williamson, community manager working for Mandriva and asked him to look into Smolt and there has been some discussions on this. I hope to contact other distributions and work with them on this too. If you have good contacts with other distributions do use that and point them to the smolt announcement or this blog post and ask them to contact Mike McGrath or me. You can CC me on any discussions and I would be happy to help coordinate efforts.


Written by mether

July 17, 2007 at 4:09 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. you *are* buying a non-fp.o domain for this, right?

    It really helps to buy a distro-neutral domain *before* begging every other distro to use your tool 😉


    July 17, 2007 at 12:59 am

    • Re: you *are* buying a non-fp.o domain for this, right?

      And thus have evil RH dictate what that domain name might be? Horror!


      July 17, 2007 at 6:21 am

    • Re: you *are* buying a non-fp.o domain for this, right?

      We can buy a neutral domain after consulting with other distributions if there is interest. I don’t see any need to buy the domain first.


      July 17, 2007 at 6:53 pm

  2. Important

    [red]Hi frnd I am novice in linux and i dont understands what is Xfce, can u tell me what is this and What is the procedure to make it tell me the all option …tell me step by step …….. plzzzzzzzz .. i am so much interested on linux basically on fedora and now i am using fedora 8….


    February 1, 2008 at 6:33 am

  3. are you certain about that

    Before we get another one of those senseless Novell/Mono are evil and Miguel is the antichrist flamewars. From everything I have heard regardling Moonlight we can distribute it just not the media bundle which Microsoft provides. Which is.. shockingly irrelevant as it’s closed source and proprietary and thus not a candidate for Fedora anyways. Instead we can use the ffmpeg hooks or maybe use codina (this will require work though as it’s not yet gstreamer enabled).


    May 15, 2008 at 9:02 pm

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