28 Jan 2012 ianweller   » (Journeyer)

What’s Ian doing this winter break?

My last final is tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m., and I’ll be damned if I don’t find a way to procrastinate. This is my way of procrastinating.

Apart from my day-to-day stuff at Red Hat (making sure servers don’t catch fire, cleaning out spam traps, the like), I’m going to be working on a couple of projects over winter break.

FUDCon Blacksburg Booklet

Here’s the booklet pages from Tempe last year. We’re doing the same thing this year. It’s pretty much that simple.

What needs to be done:

  • Map needs rendered. I’m going to try to use mapnik instead of osmarender this year because mapnik looks a gazillion times better.
  • Recreate the schedule pages, possibly expanding the section to three pages (and moving the map into 1 page since we just don’t have that many things to label).
  • Find a bunch of local vendors close to campus, their contact information and when they’re open.
  • Figure out deets on a hack room and some other details that should go in the booklet.

The more things above that get done by volunteers, the less I have to do, and the more likely this booklet will be awesome. So please help if you’re bored! :)


I have a new pet project, and hopefully something will come out of it this time.

There are a lot of freely-usable fonts in Fedora that you can install with yum/PackageKit. But the problem is, it’s very difficult to figure out what the fonts look like without installing them all and trying them out. You can’t easily tell what fonts have serifs, have support for the language you’re trying to write in, or actually looks good.

fonts.fedoraproject.org is a proposed website that does the following:

  • Searches the yum repositories for a list of packages that provide font(*).
  • From that list, determine which packages have TTF or OTF files.
  • For each package, if the package is not cached, download the package and extract the fonts.
  • Write web frontend to put it all together, using @font-face technologies. The frontend would be static HTML that is rendered once nightly if there are updates.

I’ve discussed the idea above with a few folks in Infrastructure and it seems to have fallen on good ears, so I’ll be continuing on with this project when I’ve got some spare time over winter break. If you’ve got questions or just want to discuss fonts.fp.o, shoot me a message on IRC, since I’d love to get new ideas or figure things out that I haven’t quite figured out yet :)

Oh, and also:

Syndicated 2011-12-15 04:37:01 from Ian Weller’s blog » Advogato

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