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IRC classroom instructors wanted

We’ve been working to restart the classroom sessions that we hosted regularly until a few years ago. We had a few discussions at the Fedora Join SIG meeting recently and realized that there’s so much that can be done. Among the ideas were using video communication platforms, setting up a moodle instance, and linking up with the campus programmes. Setting up a complete classroom programme requires a lot more homework before we can come up with a system and put the infrastructure in place. So, while this is being worked on, we thought it may be a good idea to resurrect the classic IRC classroom sessions to get the ball rolling in the meantime.

Instructors needed for classroom sessions

Before we can announce the classroom sessions, we want to line a few up. This is where we need help – we’re looking for instructors that want to take up these sessions. The sessions can be about anything – tools (Vim, Git, Emacs, Inkscape, Gimp, etc.), workflows (using updates-testing to help QA, contributing to the Magazine or Community Blog, etc.), development (Flask, kernel hacking, debugging, etc.)  or even educational sessions such as the free software philosophy. Really, anything at all.

If you’d like to take up an IRC classroom session, please get in touch with us on the classroom mailing list.  We’re also looking for recruitersemcees and anything else you want to help with!

Where to point newcomers to Fedora

Like any FOSS community project, Fedora relies heavily on volunteers. It is, therefore, no surprise that we’re always looking to increase our contributor base. There is always so much to be done. Of course, many teams work in harmony to keep Fedora ticking. Each team tends to have its own “on-boarding process” for newcomers, which if you’ve been around recently, you’ll have noticed CommOps has been working on improving one by one.

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AppData content ratings for games shipped in Fedora

GNOME Software developer Richard Hughes recently e-mailed the Fedora developers mailing requesting Fedora package maintainers to update their AppData files to include age ratings using OARS.

“The latest feature we want to support upstream is age classifications
for games. I’ve asked all the maintainers listed in the various
upstream AppData files (using the update contact email address) to
generate some OARS metadata and add it to the .appdata.xml file, but
of course some AppData files do not have any contact details and so
they got missed. I’m including this email here as I know some AppData
files are included in the various downstream spec files by Fedora
packagers. Generating metadata is really as simple as visiting then answering about 20 questions with
multiple choice answers, then pasting the output inside the
<component> tag.

Using the <content_rating> tag means we can show games with an
appropriate age rating depending on the country of the end user. If
you have any comments about the questions on the OARS page please do
let me know. Before the pitchforks start being sharpened it’s an
anti-goal of the whole system to in any way filter the output of
search results dependent on age. The provided metadata is only used in
an informational way.”

If your package ships an AppData file, please consider updating it. If you have any queries about the addition or OARS, please discuss it on the Fedora developers mailing list.

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