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.
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
I’m super excited to announce the news that I have just started a new role for Red Hat: Fedora Interaction Designer! I’m joining the Fedora Engineering Team, and get to work with the awesome Mo Duffy as the second designer on the team.
Over the past nearly 4 years, I have been working for Red Hat as a content author creating documentation for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (specifically the Release Notes and Technical Notes), and more recently I have been working on the UI of many of the Engineering Tools. In my spare time i also been hanging out with the Fedora Design team, and lending a hand there whenever i can. I’m super excited about the transition to start working full-time on the tools and websites that Fedora Users and Contributors use each and every day.
Over the next few weeks, we will be working on formulating a plan to help enhance the UX for new and existing Fedora Users and contributors. That said, feedback from the fedora community about a few things would be awesome for identifying issues with the way things currently are:
If you are new Fedora user , I would love to hear from you about any challenges you faced (especially with fedoraproject.org) trying to get information about the fedora project or downloading and installing Fedora itself. Feel free to comment on this post with thoughts and suggestions!
If you are a fedora contributor, what are your opinions about the current state of the tools you use to contribute? If you can think back far enough to when you started contributing to the Fedora Project do you remember any challenges you faced when first trying to learn the ropes? Feel free to comment on this post with thoughts and suggestions!
Your feedback will be invaluable for helping identify where the roadblocks are for new fedora users and contributors, so the right signposts and pointers can be created to help new Fedora people join our awesome community!
shameless crosspost from inkscapetutorials.wordpress.com =)
With the readership of the inkscape tutorials weblog steadily increasing over the past year, there are many great tutorials deep in the blog archives that newer readers may not have discovered yet. Therefore to celebrate the forthcoming milestone of 1.5 million page views of this site, we have decided to list the top 10 inkscape tutorials that have been featured on the inkscape tutorials blog to date.
An awesome tutorial from Troy Sobotka detailing how to create a colourful outset text effect.
Create a business card template using inkscape, and learn how to populate it with a simple business card design.
A step by step on creating a smashed and grungy text effect using inkscape..
This tutorial provides a detailed how-to on creating a lightbulb icon that uses the tango! icon set guidelines.
A super detailed guide to creating a stick man cartoon character using inkscape.
In this tutorial, Nick Roberts demonstrates in detail how to illustrate a “Fender Stratocaster” type guitar. The final result is stunning, and the author has detailed the steps superbly with many super useful screen shots.
Another detailed and impressive tutorial from the vectortuts website. This tutorial demonstrates how to draw a coffee cup using inkscape.
This is a great tutorial on creating RPG map symbols using inkscape. The tutorial outlines a workflow for creating a simple jailhouse RPG element.
From the same author as the “Text and Simple Styling tutorial”, Here is a another that demonstrates how to create chrome text effect using inkscape.
here is a cool tutorial for creating a simple sticker / decal with a folded down edge.