Fedora Project

Boy, I’m really torn on what I’ve read about the Fedora Project, being the future direction of Red Hat Linux. Basically, Red Hat will no longer make, maintain or support new releases of its former low end product, Red Hat Linux. Instead, they will concentrate on their Red Hat Enterprise Linux product. This is certainly understandable since they are a for-profit company, and not a charity. So, there will be no Red Hat 10, aka severn.

The first change that Fedora will have is more frequent releases. Releases now will occur two to three time a year, instead of the old six-month plus release schedule Red Hat followed. As a result, Fedora will be more bleeding edge, but it also may be a little less stable. Product life also will be shorter; each Fedora release will have a product lifetime of about two or three months past the next release. This means that you will have to upgrade your install every 5 to 6 months, which isn’t very appealing in my eyes.

For those accustomed to using Red Hat, Fedora offers several cool changes, including support for Debian apt style dependency checking. An apt-enabled version of RPM will be folded into severn. Indeed, the Red Hat Update Agent, up2date, now supports installing packages from your choice of apt and yum repositories as well as local directories. up2date now will handle dependencies and package obsolescence in the same way apt does. In addition, some packages previously offered that may have licensing issues have been removed from Fedora. Some of these are stored at apt/yum-enabled repositories outside the US.

I might give it try in the next week or so, and see if it’s something I will want to use in the future. If not, well, Debian has a new release due in December that is supposed to address their horrible install process (which has been it’s big drawback).

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