Fedora User Wiki

If you wasn’t aware, Fedora users can create their own user information page on a wiki.  Mine for example is https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/User:Paulmellors [please note that’s it’s currently pretty sparse]

One of the more interesting things on the page is my list of badges.  I’ll not explain what they are as you can read it here

To add a list of your badges to your wiki, all you need to add to the page is this

{{ #fedorabadges: paulmellors }}      just make sure you replace my username with your own and you’ll have all your hard earned shiny badges on your wiki. #funtimes

Alternatively, you can add an infobox that displays all your information [including badges], this is the wiki code for mine

{{Infobox user
|REAL-NAME= Paul RJ Mellors
|location= Nottingham, UK
|birthday= April 15, 1972
|fas-name= paulmellors
|irc-nick= MooDoo
|irc-channels= #fedora-ambassadors #fedora-uk #fedora-diversity #fedora-mktg #fedora-join}}

Now you can populate your wiki page with information that people might like to read, one way of getting to know you, you never know someone might like to buy you a beer one day……[hint hint] 😉


Fedora 26 + i3 window manager

Hay, please ignore this post, it’s really for my own benefit as I tend to come back to my posts when I need information, in this instance it’s part of my config for the i3 window manager

# start a terminal
bindsym $mod+Return exec gnome-terminal

# thunar
bindsym $mod+t exec –no-startup-id thunar

# load nm-applet
exec –no-startup-id nm-applet

# load backdrop
exec -no-startup-id feh –bg-scale /home/paulmellors/Storage/wha.jpg

# Volume control
bindsym XF86AudioRaiseVolume exec –no-startup-id pactl set-sink-volume 0 +1%
bindsym XF86AudioLowerVolume exec –no-startup-id pactl set-sink-volume 0 -1%
bindsym XF86AudioMute exec –no-startup-id pactl set-sink-mute 0 toggle

# lock screen
bindsym $mod+l exec –no-startup-id i3lock -i /home/paulmellors/Storage/locked.png

Ok that’ll do it 🙂

Is anyone else out there using the i3 WM?

Fedora 26 + Wireless + BCM43142

I have a laptop, it’s a Dell Inspiron 15 [3000 Series] who’s wireless doesn’t work out the box.

This is how I installed the driver to get it working.

1, check which model of Broadcome you have

[paulmellors@sheldon ~]$ lspci | grep Network
06:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Limited BCM43142 802.11b/g/n (rev 01)
[paulmellors@sheldon ~]$

2. Install RPM Fusion for your system from here

3. Install broadcom-wl

[root@sheldon paulmellors]# dnf install broadcom-wl

Reboot, and your wireless should be available now.

I use the i3 window manager, so I had to also install the network-manager-applet so I could load nm-applet, but it worked once I’d added the comment to the i3 config.

Screenshot from 2017-09-05 10-56-56


Fedora participation

I was asked this question last week,

Therefore, at this point, we kindly ask that you should please inform us whether:
a) You’re an active ambassador mentor and currently available
b) You’re an active ambassador mentor, but currently unavailable
c) You’re an inactive ambassador mentor and wish to offer your place to someone else

And unfortunately I replied with

c) You’re an inactive ambassador mentor and wish to offer your place to someone else

My problem is time, I don’t have time for this any more and too be honest I lost all interest 😦

It’s not that I don’t love Fedora and it’s community, I just lost interest in it….Is that a problem with me or the community, I don’t know.

To be honest, it’s probably just me, all the people I’ve spoken to over the years and all the friends I’ve made are awesome, I can’t fault any one or anything I’ve just come to the end of my tether.  I really shouldn’t of reapplied for my mentorship in the first place 😦

If people want to contact me, then they are more than welcome as ever.

So long and thanks for all the fish…..


It’s been an age…..

It’s been an age since I’ve posted a blog entry, it’s been a longer age since I’ve posted on the Fedora Planet.  How sad.  I’ve been away as my laptop broke [this is now resolved] and the server I was using to host all my ssh/irc/irssi stuff, was shutdown for personal reasons, this hasn’t been resolved yet but hopefully will be soon.

All in all I’ve been away from my Fedora duties far too long and it’s something I’ve been missing.   So I’m going to try an get back to a more stable situation in 2017, it’s pointless trying anything now as it’ll all go to pot around Christmas and from the 16th December I’ll be on my jollies and not available at all until around the 28th.

If there is anything you need from me while I’m away from the front line, then please feel free to contact me at prjmellors -@- gmail.com, I’m always about and quite partial to the odd chin wag.

Any way, until you see me again in Jan – Peace, Out.

Lack of availability

A few people have been inquiring where I’ve been online the last few weeks/months and am I ok?

Short answer – Yes I’m fine 🙂

Longer [only slightly] answer – Yes I’m fine, my laptop broke.   A couple of weeks ago, my laptop started powering off for no reason, it wouldn’t stay up for more than 2 mins at a time.  To be honest it’s an old laptop so apart from all the standard checks/taking apart/cleaning/brief investigation, it’s not worth spending any more time on it.  As it was my workhorse, I don’t have a replacement yet.  I’ve been loaned a laptop which I’m grateful for, but really need to replace my own.   For the time being then, I’ll not be online much in the evenings and weekends.  Please bear with me.  Guess I’m on the lookout for a cheap laptop replacement that runs linux.

This has been a #scheduledpost announcement.