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Updated Inkscape unstable builds

The Fedora Inkscape Unstable builds are now updated to the upstream bazaar revision number 12577. This updated development version of inkscape provides a range of bugfixes and updates. A full changelog of the changes between the previous build (12500) and this new build (12577) is available here.

To enable this repo on Fedora follow the directions in the previous post about these builds. These builds are available for Fedora 18 (32bit and 64 bit), Fedora 19 (32 bit and 64 bit), and Fedora 20 (32 bit, 64 bit, and ARMv7).



Development Builds of Inkscape for fedora

I have recently just started building RPMS for development versions of Inkscape. The previous stable version of fedora was first released back in August 23, 2010, so these development versions have a bunch of new features and improvements. There are currently builds for Fedora 17, 18 and 19 available. I hope to be able to update this to the inkscape trunk at least once a week.


To set this up on your Fedora machine, first download the .repo file:

sudo curl -o /etc/yum.repos.d/fedora-inkscape-unstable.repo

Then tell yum to update inkscape:

sudo yum update inkscape

Some wisdom on anaconda and major rewrites

So, before ranting and raving about anaconda being different (not only from previous anaconda releases, but really significantly different from just about any other Linux installer out there), stop and think. Look for help, open your mind and try to see what it is trying to tell you. You might be surprised. I was.


FUDCon 2013 Photos – Day 1 – Lightning Talks

FUDCon Photos – the morning of Day 1


Here are some of the photos i took during the morning of day 1 of FUDCon Kansas. I am uploading them as the day goes along on the fudcon stream on google+

The morning before FUDCon 2013

Outreach Program for Women

Fedora is participating in the GNOME Outreach Program for Women (OPW). Basically, it is a program similar to the Google Summer of Code, but is targeted solely at female contributors. In fact, the GNOME OPW started after GNOME received 0 female applicants from a total of 181 applications for the 2006 Google Summer of Code. There are many different factors and theories as to why this discrepancy occurs, but Marina from the GNOME project really sums it up well here:

Most successful applicants were already passionate about Free Software, but were not sure where to start – this is something we hear repeatedly from applicants. In our society, women are not as encouraged to take part in the Free Software development and do not typically have a social circle that would support them in doing so. Besides, Free Software as a community has not always been friendly to women participation with being homogeneous, making sexist comments and tolerating incidents of harassment.

Limiting the applicants to just females provides an easy, approachable way to get more women involved in FOSS development. Ultimately, as the FOSS development space becomes more balanced, we should no longer need programs like the OPW, as our community will be more welcoming and open to all.

How do you rotate in inkscape?

I posted a quick FAQ over on the inkscape tutorials blog on the basics of rotating objects in inkscape.


Designing simple user experiences often turns out not to be about ‘How can I make this simpler’ but rather ‘Where should I move the complexity?’… The secret to creating a simple user experience is to shift complexity into the right place, so that each moment feels simple.

– Giles Colborne, Simple and Usable