Sunday, February 02, 2014

Fedora.next and Design Suite

Based on the good writing about the goal of Fedora.next by Adam Williamson, Design Suite may be made on top of Fedora Workstation as the logical choice. Doing so will help focusing on key areas like configurations and proper distribution of applications to display better technologies (For example, Design Suite is using AppFolder provided by Gnome Shell as default). Fedora Workstation is a base with the ability to add group package like Design Packages in this case. Only difference with the spin is the optimization while staying close to upstream.

Friday, January 17, 2014

[Gnome Shell] Moving Tweak tools to Settings?

I had conversion with a new Fedora user who like Gnome Shell asking if it is possible to move Tweak Tools to Settings. I think it makes sense under Personal category and labeled as Advanced.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Looking at Fedora 20 Design Suite and onward

The latest itteration of Design Suite was successful using the latest stable release of Gnome 3.10.x. This time the testing went much better with some fixes to address. The goal to include applications with the style of Adobe Creative Suite is nearly complete with: Gimp (Photoshop), Inkscape (Illustrator and Framework), Scribus(InDesign), Premiere (PiTiVi), Acrobat (Evince, PDFShuffle, Xournal), in addition of Paints, Blender 3D and Hugin. Looking at the future release, here are some possible updates to implements:

Stay tuned...

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Using Bluetooth to listen phone music

I recently discovered it is possible to listen to a music from smartphone connected with a laptop via Bluetooth. The test was done using a custom cyanogemod for a discontinued Samsung Galaxy Mini Dart and an updated Fedora 20 beta using BlueZ5. The sound is jerky probably due to probably the hardware limit.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Fedora Design Suite update

Design Suite includes new tool like Gimp Paint Studio and Phatch. Inkscape course icon has moved under the tutorials section made in Design Suite wiki. If you have more tutorials you would like to add, simply edit the wiki section.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Trying Ogg Opus

Looking at the audio format, I learned about Ogg Opus, the successor of Vorbis. I was impressed with the sound quality at lower bitrate and the fact it uses much lower latency suitable for realtime streamer and VOip.
The fact Opus is the audio standard prompted to slowly convert some of music collection I have. Reading Auphonic website about the comparison against MP3, the sound quality is even noticeable meaning it is very usable online. I will see Opus use in much broader audience, its patent-free advantage is a welcome change toward audio industry especially mobile devices.
I hope upstream will switch to that format.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Testing Gnome Software

The current graphical interface for PackageKit, gpk-update-viewer and gpk-application, found on Gnome Shell for Fedora 19 will be replaced by Gnome Software in the 20 release. Running the early version through virtualization shows the potential of become more user-friendly. The appearance is a mix of early Google Play formely Marketplace and Ubuntu Software Center itself derived from Linspire Click-n Run

The category is much better structured in, for instance, Graphics grouping sub-categories like Photography. Currently, Gnome Software is still in progress but functional enough to do install/update/remove.