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Old 09-21-2010, 10:02 AM
Rahul Sundaram
Default Jon maddog Hall on switching to Fedora and Fedora Electronics Lab from Ubuntu



"I looked at the different Fedora releases and spins, and was attracted
to the Fedora Electric Lab (FEL) spin. This is a version of Fedora 13
that includes an integrated set of tools for designing hardware.
Recently I have once again become interested in digital hardware design
after a long (twenty year) hiatus from that endeavor. While I was never
the type of hardware designer that would design CPUs or even memory
chips, I could work my way through simple digital logic designs for
controlling motors and various other devices. Software today allows for
verifying hardware designs and designing printed circuit boards (PCBs).
Putting those capabilities together with services available over the
Internet for producing PCBs on a “one-shot” level made the whole
situation too tempting. Systems like the Arduino and other projects
leading towards “open hardware” have rekindled my hardware design
“fires”, so I opted for using FEL as my base system."

"Another feature of Fedora that I will have to get used to, but I am
sure I will appreciate more as I go along, is SELinux and the alerts it
gives to me. I have received several alerts regarding file permissions
on various programs in my environment that might normally be cause for
alarm. These permissions on programs came from a time when there was a
“gentler, more forgiving Internet”, and it was probably past time to
make them more secure. Since I knew about these various issues I could
then investigate and fix the permissions which (in the long run) I am
sure will create a more secure system. There were not a lot of issues,
only about five or six, but it was nice to be reminded of them. Even
though I like to think I run a fairly secure system, I am not
omnipotent, and I look forward to SELinux being a watchdog for my back."

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