I’ve been demoing this little green laptop for months. Everywhere I go, it’s a star, and everyone who sees it always asks me the same question: when can I get one? Finally, I have an answer: right now. But you’d better hurry, because they are only available for another 12 days. And here’s a little secret: it’s a really good deal.
Today we’re proud to introduce a new feature: Creative Commons Artist Spotlight, which Red Hat Magazine will be producing in association with jamendo.com. Every week, we will introduce our readers to emerging musical artists who choose to release their work under Creative Commons licenses.
Author: Carl Albing, JP Vossen, and Cameron Newham
Publisher: O’Reilly Media
Publication date: May 2007
One of the reasons I love cookbooks, of all kinds, is because cookbooks have a clarity and simplicity of purpose. Whether it’s a cookbook for code geeks or for food geeks, its raison d’etre is the same: the “cook” has a job to do, and not a lot of time to do it. If a home chef wants to whip up a nice dinner for guests, he don’t want to have to understand the entire history of French cooking; he just wants a simple, well-written recipe for coq au vin. Similarly, if a sysadmin wants to receive an hourly email with a list of zombie processes on the new test server down the hall, she probably wants to hack together a quick bash script, and she doesn’t want to read the collected works of Grady Booch to do it.
It’s been almost two weeks since Graduation Day. The kids produced great work. The parents and instructors were all terribly proud. Everybody went home and got plenty of sleep. Now that the buzz has just about worn off, it’s time to reflect on what we accomplished, and what exactly we should do next.
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This is actually the second summer we’ve run Red Hat High. We learned a lot of lessons in our first year. The biggest lesson: We’re a technology company, not a summer camp company. It took the truly heroic efforts of many Red Hat employees to make the camp happen last time, and it was clear that we wouldn’t be able to duplicate those feats. Thus, our partnership with Science House at N. C. State.
They run summer science camps for a living, and they know their business. In preparation for this week, the nice folks at Science House arranged the counselors, the dorm rooms, the meals, the off-hours entertainment, the access to student health, the transportation, and lots of other details that we wouldn’t have even considered. Which has allowed us to focus on the part that we can feel like we can be good at: introducing technology to kids.
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Today, Sunday, is the first day of Red Hat High, and I’m expecting 47 kids. It’s 4:00 in the afternoon, and orientation starts at 4:30. Of those 47 kids, how many have arrived so far? Three, that’s how many. Three anxious middle-schoolers and their families, all milling around the huge, empty meeting hall at Red Hat headquarters. The parents mostly make small talk about the weather outside, which is incredibly hot. Maybe it’s global warming, they say — as if the fact that it’s Raleigh in July isn’t enough to explain the 95 degree temperature outside. I check my watch again: now it’s 4:02 pm.
The Fedora Award is presented by Red Hat to the brightest stars of the Fedora community. Of the thousands of valuable contributors to Fedora, these are the individual contributors who have most strongly distinguished themselves over the past year. Building a community Linux distribution is hard work, and a lot of “heavy lifting” goes on behind the scenes. Without the dedication of these individual community members, Fedora would not be nearly as successful as it has become. We are extremely pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural Fedora awards for 2007.