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Fedora adds collaboration tools
Jul. 23, 2008

Fedora has released its Asterisk-based Fedora Talk VoIP application for connecting Fedora contributors. Other news posted on a recent Fedora blog includes notes on a new automated test case management system, a SIG for ISVs, and new OpenID provider status for the Fedora Account System.

Much of the news mentioned in the Fedora blog was revealed at the recent FUDCon Fedora user conference. FUDCon celebrated the new Fedora 9 version of the free and redistributable Red Hat-based Linux distribution, and looked forward toward Fedora 10.

Here are a few of the key announcements mentioned in the blog:
  • Fedora Talk -- The new Fedora Talk enables Fedora contributors to use standard VoIP hardware or software to sign into the Fedora system and make and receive calls to other Fedora contributors, and set up ad hoc conferences, reports the blog. Fedora Talk is based on the Asterisk VoIP project, with the help of Asterisk's sponsor, Digium, which sells an open-source IP PBX (Internet protocol private branch exchange) "AsteriskNow" appliance. Future plans call for a version that supports Web conferencing.

  • Fedora Account System joins OpenID -- The Fedora Account System is now a provider of the OpenID, the open source, decentralized, framework for single sign-on digital identity "Throw out the Ginko Biloba and other memory-enhancing supplements," suggests the blog. "The identity you create in the Fedora Project can be used across thousands of Web sites that utilize OpenID."

  • Automated test cases -- The Fedora QA team will soon introduce an automated test case management system, thereby integrating bug reporting with test case run results. The QA team is also streamlining the feature process for Fedora 10, says the blog. Feature owners can provide "a very minimal statement defining how a feature should work," and the QA team will work on designing efforts to thoroughly test the feature before the Fedora 10 release.

  • A SIG for ISVs -- In collaboration with RHX (Red Hat Exchange), Fedora has established a special interest group (SIG) for independent software vendors (ISVs). "By using and sharing best practices within the SIG, the ISVs and Fedora gain increased community, users, and quality software," says the blog.
The complete Fedora blog should be available here.

-- Eric Brown

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