Community Appreciation Day

Today is Ubuntu Community Appreciation Day, but this year I am going to expand my appreciation beyond the boundaries of the Ubuntu Community to include anyone in open source that has impacted my journey in open source.


Mark Shuttleworth
For his assistance in helping me stay calm and focused over the last two years despite the cacophony that arose from a multitude of issues. Mark provided me, and others, with friendly advice at several times when the pressure was peaking. Mark does an excellent job of balancing the needs of Canonical and the Ubuntu Community. Every time I speak with Mark I gain a new perspective on the issue we are discussing.


Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph
Lyz continues to be an inspiration for me with regards to what a dedicated person can achieve in the world of open source. Despite her success I constantly see her reaching out to help others as well. She is devoted to open source and the Ubuntu Community.


Landon Jurgens
Landon and I met early along my adventure in to open source as we endeavoured to build an Ubuntu group in Syracuse, NY. Landon is another person who has proven that it is possible to succeed in the open source world and serves as an inspiratoin for me. Landon currently works for Rackspace.


Remy DeCausemaker
Remy and I have known each other for a long time and both of us are very active in the Rochester, NY open sources community. Remy helped grow the FOSS movement at RIT and continues to be active to this day. The man is a legend in his own time. Remy is currently employed by RedHat and serves as the Community Action and Impac Lead for the Fedora Project. Remy plays an integral role in helping universities include open source in their academic programs. Remy is also the co-founder of is a not-for-profit organization that focuses on access, openness and transparency of public information.

Joe Anderson
Joe and I have known each other since 2008 when I first got invovled with the New York State Ubuntu LoCo. Joe has a fantasticly intelligent, witty and dry sense of humor that comes out when discussing open source topics that normally devolve in to holy wars (Emacs vs Vim). Joe constantly inspires me to think more deeply about the open source movement.

Reminder: Vote in the Ubuntu Community Council Election

Elections are an important opportunity for people to select who will represent them. That is the case in national elections as well as those for the Ubuntu Community. Currently there is an ongoing election for the Ubuntu Community Council and if you are an Ubuntu Member you have an opportunity to select the people who will serve on the Community Council. Last election 299 votes were cast out of 732 eligible voters. That is an election turnout of 41%. I am posting this as a reminder to all Ubuntu Members to cast their vote. It would be great to have a better turnout this election.

You Can Do It!The current candidates are:

Our current turnout is 32% and there are eight days left to vote. Remember to vote! Lets ROCK the election!

First Fedora Bug Report

report-bug-iconGPG Issue
After generating my gpg key on Fedora 23 I ran in to an issue using the key to sign my email. When I went to Evolution to select the key it was not in the list. To create the key I used the command line ‘gpg –gen-key’ I then went to look in Seahorse to see if the key was there and found that the key was only under ‘Show Any’ and ‘Show Trusted’ views. It was not listed under ‘Show Personal’.

Troubles Shoot
I tested creating a key on Ubuntu 15.10 using the same command and the key was available in both Evolution and Seahorse. I also created a key on my Fedora 23 testing laptop using the ‘gpg2 –gen-key’ command. When using that command the key was also available in Seahorse and Evolution. Ubuntu uses GnuPG version 1.4.18 while Fedora uses GnuPG version 1.4.19.

Work Around
I was able to work around this by exporting the public and private keys and then importing them using ‘gpg2 –import’.

The Bug Report
I have been reporting bugs for a long time, but this is my first Fedora bug report.

GPG Key Transition Statement

Hash: SHA256

I am transitioning my GPG key from an old 1024-bit DSA key to a new 4096-bit RSA key. The old key will continue to be valid for a period of time, but I will be using the new key in all future cases. I will be making all signatures going forward with the new key.

This transition document is signed with both keys to validate the transition.

If you have signed my old key, I would appreciate signatures on my new key as well, provided that your signing policy permits that without reauthenticating me.

The old key I am transitioning from is:

pub   1024D/D5E5A1A5 2009-05-02 [expires: 2016-11-09]
Key fingerprint = F157 91A3 8A8A 7CC4 F3BA  897E DED5 9D59 D5E5 A1A5

The new key I am transitioning to is:

pub   4096R/37BEB021 2015-11-15 [expires: 2020-11-13]
Key fingerprint = D8A5 6061 25C3 28B7 2264  2B39 3E13 4DD2 37BE B021

To fetch the full new key from a public key server using GnuPG, run:

gpg –keyserver –recv-key 3E134DD237BEB021

If you have already validated my old key, you can then validate that the new key is signed by my old key:

gpg –check-sigs 3E134DD237BEB021

If you are satisfied that you’ve got the right key, and the User IDs match what you expect, I would appreciate it if you would sign my key:

gpg –sign-key 3E134DD237BEB021

You can upload your signatures to a public keyserver directly:

gpg –keyserver –send-key 3E134DD237BEB021

Please contact me via e-mail at <me AT> if you have any questions about this document or this transition.
Version: GnuPG v1


After downloading the new key you can verify this statement by downloading the signed file:

wget –no-check-certificate ‘; -O key-trans-statement.txt.asc

Then run the following command:

gpg –verify key-trans-statement.txt.asc

Fedora / Gnome 3.18 – First Steps

My motivation for trying Fedora is due to two issues with Ubuntu; one has been present for two releases and the other is brand new with the release of 15.10. The new bug results in the keyboard backlight being turned on at boot regardless of the last state. It does the same when waking from suspend. (link). The older bug is that a new nautilus window is opened when you empty the trash from the dash. (link)

Initial Boot:
After the install everything was working with the excpetion of audio. Some quick searches indicated that this issue was solved by updating to the latest kernel. This reinforced the fact that with any install of an OS you should update after install to ensure that you have all the updates. The command to do this under Fedora 23 is similar to Ubuntu.

steps (1):
sudo dnf update -y

After updating the kernel to kernel-4.2.5-300.fc23.x86_64 and doing two cold boots the audio was working properly. Unlike Ubuntu Fedora does not make non-free software available by default. In order to access this software you need to add the RPM Fusion repositories. RPM Fusion has two repositores; one for additional free software and one for non-free.

steps (2):
su -c ‘dnf install –nogpgcheck;
su -c ‘dnf install –nogpgcheck;

With the additional repositories added to the software sources I was able to continue with the setup of my Dell XPS 13 (9343). The next things I did were to install the gnome tweak tool, drivers for my Epson Workforce Pro 4020, ScitTE, tlp, tlp-rdw and freetype-freeworld.

steps (1)
sudo dnf install scite-3.6.1-1.fc23.x86_64 gnome-tweak-tool-3.18.0-1.fc23.noarch epson-inkjet-printer-escpr-1.5.2-1.1lsb3.2.fc23.x86_64

The installation of freetype-freeworld is a prerequsite for improving the font appearance on Fedora. The default font settings in Fedora result in rather ugly font rendering in comparison to Ubuntu. the command xrdb -query allows you to check your settings.


Xft.dpi:    96
Xft.antialias:    1
Xft.hinting:    1
Xft.hintstyle:    hintslight
Xft.rgba:    rgb
Xft.lcdfilter:    lcddefault


Xft.antialias:    1
Xft.dpi:    96
Xft.hinting:    1
Xft.hintstyle:    hintmedium
Xft.rgba:    none

To change the settings to get better results run the following commands.

gsettings “set” “org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.xsettings” “hinting” “slight”
gsettings “set” “org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.xsettings” “antialiasing” “rgba”
echo “Xft.lcdfilter: lcddefault” > ~/.Xresources

You can also change some of the settings by using the tweak tool.

Tweak Tool

Tweak Tool

the tlp and tlp-rdw packages are designed to help manage power usage in an effort to increase battery life on laptops. For more details on the available settings you can refer to this page.

After this I installed the following gnome-extensions from the website.

One of the things that has always intrigued me about Gnmoe was the ability to customize it to fit the way you work. Over the next week I will continue to learn the nuances of Fedora and Gnome 3. I will post updates on my progress over the coming weeks.

Desktop as Configured

Dell XPS 13 9343 – Right Side Bright Strip

Dell XPS Screen Flaw

Solid Color Background

I usually use a picture as a desktop and do not notice this, but I noticed a slight bright line on the right edge of my Dell XPS 13 with a wallpaper option. I confirmed by changing to a solid color (image above). When testing for light bleed this was not noticed because of the automatic screen brightness adjustment. In most cases I do not notice the issue, but I have to wonder if this is a defect or to be expected with this type of monitor. See a image with the browser at full screen to simulate normal use.

Normal Use

Normal Use

You can still see the ‘bright’ or ‘hot’ part of the screen on the right side, but it is not a huge issue. If you own a Dell XPS 13 9343; do you have this issue?

Ubuntu 15.10 Bluetooth Still Not Working

I have been wanting to get a Logitech MX Anywhere 2 mouse, but held off until the beta of Ubuntu 15.10 due to waiting for improved bluetooth support for low energy bluetooth devices. Today I got to test the MX Anywhere 2 on a fresh install of Wily and bluetooth is still non-functional with the MX Anywhere 2. I then loaded up a Fedora 22 live and had no issues getting the mouse to work. At one point if you wanted the best hardware support you had to use Ubuntu desktop. In the case of bluetooth that is not the case with Fedora 22 having been released in May and Ubuntu 15.10 beta still not being able to match it. I find it hard to think I might have to wait another six months to use the MX Anywhere 2.


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