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How Fedora’s Wallpaper Are Made

Dezember 7th, 2018 von buergermeister

I am now member of the Design Team more then 10 years and had my hands in, in many off the fedora wallpaper. Over the years the Design Team developed a way to be creative and come up with a unique design for each release. This way was build around the release names, yes it became harder, how funnier the release names became. For Fedora 20 aka Heisenbug, there was no idea how this name could be represented. So this wallpaper was build with the number of the release 20 and his latin representation XX. Then the council disabled the code names, what put the Design Team into a little crisis, we tried to work furthermore with the numbers but except for Fedora 24 (which represents 24 hours of a day) not work. So a solution was needed.
Since Fedora 25 I running a small voting among the Design Team, giving a few names of inventors/discoverer. This is not the same as code names, as we use it only as an creative starting point. Nevertheless there are always people outside the team taking the vote (and they vote mostly just because they find the name cool and have no eye what can be done with)

 

Archimedes

Archimedes, Al-Battani and Armstrong been the choices for this version, and Archimedes won very clear. And so the wallpaper bases on a design of an archimedian spiral, maybe you can see it now.

 

Alexander Graham Bell

For Fedora 26 Charles Babagge, George Beauchamp and Alexander Graham Bell as inventor of the telephone been the choices and Bell won the voting. But how do you come from telephone to a line of trees? Take a closer look, the line of trees is nothing else as a waveform of a spoken word, here Fedora. Isnt that genius?

 

Jaques Cousteau

Jaques Cousteau came out as the favorite for Fedora 27, the other choices been Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot and Vladimir Nikolayevich Chelomey. And so the beautiful jellyfish design was created.

 

Emily C. Duncan

For Fedora 28, Mo requested the change one of the person shall be a woman (thats a bit problematic as there are lesser woman inventors outside. Since then we have 4 options to choose from. Giovanni de Dondi, Arvid Gerhard Damm, Georges Darrieus and Emily C. Duncan. Emily C. Duncan did win, the concept of the artwork bases of “information travelling down/up wires”.

 

Gertrude B. Elion

As I was not available for wrangling the Fedora 29 inspiration, Mo suggusted relative late to go with Gertrude B. Elion and so the wallpaper was made on a concept of hexagons representing cells.

 

Augustin-Jean Fresnel

For the upcoming Fedora version 30, we held the voting and there been Federico Faggin, Rosalind Franklin, Sandford Fleming and Augustin-Jean Fresnel the options. The team decided to go with Fresnel, so you can be curious with what we come up.

Some closing words, as I said before there are always people who read the mail on the list and vote, even they are not member of the team. That would be fine, but there is one thing, they always vote because they find the invention cool or the name but this doesnt help the Design Team. This is a two-sided thing I have spoken about this a while ago with Mo, the people have interest to “contribute” into such a voting but as said, its not helpful in this way for the team itself. I have an idea how to solve this problem, maybe there is room to hack the needed thing together during next GSoC.

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Science Glyphs

Juni 15th, 2018 von buergermeister

Its a while ago since the last update here. What not means I dont do anything. Some months ago Martin Owens aka doctormo (from the Inkscape team) came to me and asked me if I could help to rework and extend a project he started, called science icons.https://gitlab.com/doctormo/glyphicons-science

I started working on it a while ago. First I added the missing glyphs for microscope, atom, robot, telescope, satrun, radioactive and replaced the rocket one. Now I added also antenna (radio astronomy), galaxy, orbit, asteroid and observatory.

On the end a font set with glyph icons for science shall be developed from it, a font set like fontawesome which you can use in apps around science projects. I think there is a lot in it.

Lets see what I can do next. Next to the drawing and tiring node cleaning (what has to be done for glyphs) there is also a bit of organizational work behind.

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  • Update on Supplemental Wallpaper for Fedora 28

    Februar 11th, 2018 von buergermeister

    I used the weekend to moderate the supplemental wallpapers for Fedora 28. I did already check from time to time the sumissions and rejected the ones who break the guidelines, and started checking the legality of the ones with given references of the license.
    So far we have 124 submissions, but I rejected a lot (so far 18) this time for wrong aspect ration, some never will get that we dont accept submissions with the Fedora logo on it and unclear licenses, this time I rejected all who was not licensed with the same license as on Flickr or any other given reference. Before I always informed the submitter about this inconsistency, but there is to many of them now and it is very time consuming (some really think its just hitting a button inside Nuancier, I can assure you its not). 61 badges are so far awarded
    There might come some more submission as there is some time until 13th left. But dont think I can moderate you last minute submission, Pingou already added now finally the feature that we can have deadline for submission and the begin of the voting phase on different dates.

    some of my personal favorites so far:

    The contest is a time and resourcen devouring thing for me, I spend an average of 160-200 hours working time with it. I have to mention this also now, I have to live with just a mobile connection and this costs me serious traffic. I had to add volume on Sunday just to finishing it and that after spending already on saturday a lot of traffic for it. Ok mobile traffic is in Cambodia (for western view) very cheap, to add 500MB costs me just 0.30$ but there is a downside, if you topup here the money is only valid for usage during next 7 days, so using 30 cents from a dollar means, 70 cents stay and normally I just have 1$ a week costs for my subscription, so this money will be not used and on the end I paid 1$ for the add, except I use it for adding more. Currently a dollar, is a lot for me I also get a good meal for it but unfortunately a coffee (at least not a good one)

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    Freelancer.com – Let’s blow the whistle

    Januar 4th, 2018 von buergermeister

    As I am allways in need of money, I looking fro freelance jobs. So therefore I am member of freelancer.com. From time to time they send me “interesting” projects in my area in kind of newsletter, so I got yesterday also this newsletter with an bid I should look at. It was like to often something, where you dont see how much work it is but you shall give a bi for how much you doing it, so nothing for me. Around 2 hrs later I got an email again from freelancer.com directly addressed to me and written from a person. I took the freedom to answer to this person, how in gods name he figured out that this job offer would fit to me as there is nothing written what shall be to do. I got no answer, but this time I said to myself ok, lets bid and I did. So now I got a clearer job description what I shall do and its this:

    I took the freedom and asked the guy when he will pay, after he got the information. Quiet funny to me I shall work for nothing also ^^. But I was already planning to publish this and blow the whistle, but as civilized person I gave freelancer.com the opportunity to give me an answer if they find this is morally right and belongs to their projects. So I contacted the support. After explaining what happen I got a link to foundations why projects get rejected. So if I am seeing that right, freelancer has nothing against being used for such kind of “jobs”. Well the first support employee wanted to have the link to the project so that the “admins” can have a look. She got it and after several minutes she closed the chat, she would have not heard from me. Ok next attempt, after again explaining the support employee contacted the legal team and the project got deleted but for what reason?

    Why took this soooooooooo long, 1,5 hours communicating with support of freelancer but the end is interesting, its morally totally ok but it got deleted for being wrong described. The funny thing to me is also they deleted the project (indeed they did) but they kept the “customer” (but under observation hahaa) . Ok judge this all by yourself. For myself I find it not morally right, that such platforms can be used for this and that there is nothing clear written in the rules for the projects about such kind of stuff. I also find it funny that the guy is not deleted, that gives him the chance to communicate with bidders, so on the end oppositional groups and persons might get reported to him. Ok judge that by yourself. And to sad is just, I still need some work to do :D

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