[Ambassadors] Fedora Local Language Spins

Max Spevack mspevack at redhat.com
Mon Feb 25 20:08:11 UTC 2008

On Mon, 25 Feb 2008, Igor Pires Soares wrote:

> I am interested in a Fedora Spin for Brazilian Portuguese, but there 
> are a few things I am concerned about.

I am interested in this as well, especially with FISL coming up in 
April.  It would be great to have a Brazilian Portugues spin that folks 
can use.

Here is how I would encourage you to start (and actually how I would 
encourage anyone who wants to begin dabbling with a custom spin to 

(1) Install the livecd-tools package on your machine, and take a look at 
the .ks files that were used to create the "official" Fedora 8 spins.

(2) Using those as an inspiration, create a .ks file for yourself, that 
is what you believe the ideal desktop package set for someone living in 
Brazil, who is a native speaker would want to use.

(3) Build it using livecd-creator, and test it out a bit.  One good way 
to do this is by putting it on a USB key with the livecd-iso-to-disk 

(4) Once you are pretty happy, publish your .ks file for others to look 
at and suggest comments on.  This will all be based on Fedora 8.

(5) OPTIONAL -- FISL is on April 17th, by which point we are likely to 
have a release candidate for Fedora 9.  Once your Fedora 8 spin is 
working like a charm, you can change the repositories to point to 
development and see what the same spin, coming from Rawhide looks like. 
We would have to do significant testing of it, but it's likely to only 
get better and better as Fedora 9 approaches.

(6) We figure out a plan for maintenance of the spin, and for hosting of 
the ISOs.  But until there is something actually working, this is not 
much of a worry, because it's simply a bunch of text in a .ks file, and 
hosting that is trivial.


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