Hello Fedora planet!

This is my first post which is supposed to appear in the Fedora Planet!

After few months of post on my blogs I finally decided to add it to the Fedora Planet aggregator! I was going to post my report of the release party we had yesterday so I felt it was a good time to introduce myself to the Planet ;)


Fedora 13 liveusb-creator problem, can’t download fedora 13 direct from the app.

I’ve installed liveusb-creator prior to a Fedora release party where we will provide people the possibility to install fedora 13 on their usb stick. I didn’t have any live cd iso so I tried to select the “Download Fedora” option, but I was surprised to see that there’s not option to install Fedora 13. So here’s the workaround.

Edit the file /usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/liveusb/releases.py

# vim /usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/liveusb/releases.py

and add those line:

 'name': 'Fedora 13 (i686)',
 'url': 'http://download.fedora.redhat.com/pub/fedora/linux/releases/13/Live/i686/Fedora-13-i686-Live.iso',
 'sha256': '47ccc37db256387b70857f53a6067e8d50e692c9aa85e45e63e5190c5d1e0942',

 'name': 'Fedora 13 KDE (i686)',
 'url': 'http://download.fedora.redhat.com/pub/fedora/linux/releases/13/Live/i686/Fedora-13-i686-Live-KDE.iso',
 'sha256': '6828c02f2bce4ec3bd1ca488df8662640bf53fe7724913310295a5f5f6502cf8',

 'name': 'Fedora 13 (x86_64)',
 'url': 'http://download.fedora.redhat.com/pub/fedora/linux/releases/13/Live/x86_64/Fedora-13-x86_64-Live.iso',
 'sha256': 'c16923e9c2f04af3609c9534f32ea280e4d2c3af50e704344ccb35090f87065a',

 'name': 'Fedora 13 KDE (x86_64)',
 'url': 'http://download.fedora.redhat.com/pub/fedora/linux/releases/13/Live/x86_64/Fedora-13-x86_64-Live-KDE.iso',
 'sha256': '789d7090d39230f0e9b16ed3276974223c120db3120c48e53fa95a6f1604c650',

Save this and restart liveusb-creator, you should have the option to download Fedora 13. This is a temporary workaround, untill the package get fixed.

For your information, the file has been updated few weeks ago on https://fedorahosted.org/liveusb-creator/browser/liveusb/releases.py but the packages included in Fedora 13 didn’t include this updated file. I’ve submitted the information to the maintainer, the fixed package should come soon.



Update :

This bug is fixed there’s an update for Fedora 13 https://admin.fedoraproject.org/updates/liveusb-creator-3.9.2-1.fc13 and Fedora 12 https://admin.fedoraproject.org/updates/liveusb-creator-3.9.2-1.fc12

Forget about the workaround, you can just update to the lastest version of the package!

Fedora 13 – Evolution problem – Program terminated with signal 6, Aborted. or [abrt] crash in evolution-2.30.1-5.fc13: malloc_consolidate: Process /usr/bin/evolution was killed by signal 11 (SIGSEGV)

After the installation of Fedora13 finished on my laptop. I started to restore files, email accounts etc… Everything worked well untill I restored my evolution backup. Evolution was really unstable, I mean I was away from the keyboard and it was crashing. I was unable to read/write any email..

So I reported a bug on the redhat bugzilla using ABRT the tool in fedora, it detect when something crash and offer you to report the bug and send a backtrace here’s the bug report: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=596916

So Evolution was crashing with message like this:

crash  in evolution-2.30.1-5.fc13: malloc_consolidate: Process  /usr/bin/evolution was killed by signal 11 (SIGSEGV)
Program terminated with signal 6, Aborted.

I’ve talked with folks from Fedora project and nobody seems to have big problem with Evolution. So I started to look what’s wrong with my install! First, I started evolution in a shell to see the output… Here’s the result I got:

[rpurcell@t61ig ~]$ evolution
(evolution:15208): e-data-server-DEBUG: Loading categories from "/home/rpurcell/.evolution/categories.xml"
(evolution:15208): e-data-server-DEBUG: Loaded 31 categories

Untill here Evolution work fine. And…

bbdb: Buddy list has changed since last sync.
bbdb: Synchronizing buddy list to contacts...
bbdb: Done syncing buddy list to contacts.
*** glibc detected *** evolution: corrupted double-linked list: 0x09c873a0 ***
======= Backtrace: =========


I’ve cut some text.. But the important part is that once evolution start to sync the buddy list contact, it crashed.. So I removed the option from the preference menu => Mail preferences => Synchronize contact info and images from Pidgin buddy lists.

And voila! No more crash, Evolution is rock stable…

So if you have the same problem with your evolution on Fedora13, and this option is activated, disable this!! And if this fix your problem please post it on the bug report!


Fedora 13 – Goddard Release


We was waiting for this new release and now the wait is over! Here’s the link to the release note: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/F13_one_page_release_notes

Here’s are few link to download the release:

Fedora 13 – i686 Live CD – Desktop edition

Fedora 13 – 32 bit DVD

Fedora 13 – 64 bit DVD

Different spins:

Fedora 13 Other desktop spins; KDE, XFCE, LXDE

Different Fedora “spins” on spins.fedoraproject.org

If you want to know more about Fedora spins start here: http://spins.fedoraproject.org/about

Enjoy!! :)

Congratulations on completing Data Center Advanced Technical Specialist AKA ( WTF )

Wow… Did anyone receive this email ?

I passed my CLP 10, few years ago.. And it really look like Novell AGAIN give free certification without even having to pass an exam… OR I’m wrong and this is a scam or and april fool on march 5 ?

Certified Linux Professional 10 ( Exam passed around 2008 at Brainshare)

Few months later I received the Novell Certified Linux Administrator ( Free!!! )

Now Data Center Advanced Technical Specialist!!! ( Free!! ) The date on the certificate is in 2008… ( Did Novell find a way to time travel ? Maybe this is why Eliott and Associate offer nearly 2 billion dollars to buy Novell )

And… it’s not only one it’s two “certification” Data Center Advanced Technical Specialist AND Data Center Technical Specialist.. lol

Having fun on an old computer business who had better time… Priceless

Wow.. Some people are probably happy with this, but to be honest it just prove one thing.

The Novell certification doesn’t mean anything… If you passed the clp exam you probably already know that this certification is not serious at it could be… Even the engineer (  CLE ) is a big “joke”, you can take the “migration course” if you got the CLP from a previous release, and you got the same exam + one question from the engineer exam…

Good job Novell, you are ruining the credibility of your certifications! Sad for people who put their money on those certifications in hope this was going to help them in the business.

I once believed that Novell was going well and can have a great future in the Linux business… Day after day, they prove they don’t understand a lot of things on how to create value from their certificati0ns… And I’m waiting to see where they are going with their Linux distribution…

Anyway, this is really weird, Novell don’t even talk about this certification on their website…


This post is my current understanding of this “email”.  If anyone got more information or if you think I’m wrong and someone can explain this feel free to post a comment…

Fedora Cheat Cube

I just found this “Cheat Cube” created by the Fedora marketing team. Thanks to Planet Fedora and especially to Juan Rodriguez who post it ;) You can find it in English, Español and Russian on the Marketting page of the Fedora wiki.

This was intended to be distributed in fedora event, but you can print it for you or for someone else who’s new with Linux and they will have a small, cute and easy to find Cheat sheet!

Howto: Sar and Ksar ( Part two )

This is the part two of my test with sar and ksar. I tested the remote feature in ksar. In short, you use ksar to execute the same command that got executed just before midnight in the second post, in other words, the daily summary.

Having spare time tonight, here’s few screenshot..

Ksar remote connection

Click on: Data => “Launch SSH Command”

Enter the login information: user@ip-address, and click on yes.

You can click on yes here.

After you are asked to enter the SAR command. The default will be good. Click on Yes.

After that you can see the classic view, the same on we’ve got when we loaded text files.

I’d like to show you another sweet things with ksar. You can open few windows within ksar and arrange them, so you can compare your server stats. Open more than one window ( click on file => New window  ) and then click on Window => Tile

That’s it! It not harder than loading a local text file.. I’ll post a third post on Sar and kSar this week for people who would like to get a multiple day report.

Thanks for reading!