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March 23, 2007

Where Fedora Went Wrong

Filed under: Fedora, Fedora Core — tuxicity @ 4:31 pm

Last month Eric S. Raymond made a public announcement on the Fedora developer’s list that he was giving up on Fedora Core and that from now on Ubuntu is his distribution of choice.

Eric S. Raymond blamed Yum and RPM.

The writer of this story disagrees and believes its not the RPM package system, or Yum being to complex, she says:

“The problem is insufficient testing and just plain sloppy repository management.”


March 7, 2007

Choosing the Right Linux Distribution

Filed under: Debian, Distributions, Fedora, Fedora Core, Ubuntu — tuxicity @ 1:19 pm

Ready to use Linux? Choosing the right version for your needs can be seriously daughnting. Jethro Carr presents helpful tips for choosing the right Linux distro for your needs. He provides details regarding: purposes of different flavors, package management, stability, and personal experiences with numerous versions.

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February 25, 2007

a word of thanks for those who work instead of rant (or, do as ESR says, not as ESR does)

Filed under: Debian, Fedora, Fedora Core, Kubuntu, Ubuntu — tuxicity @ 6:36 pm

Original from Luis Villa’s Blog:

[T]o get attention from us, it is necessary to demonstrate the kind of attitude that leads to competence — alert, thoughtful, observant, willing to be an active partner in developing a solution.

–Eric S. Raymond, How To Ask Questions The Smart Way

Like a lot of what ESR used to write, this is remarkably good advice- clearly written, straightforward, and demonstrating a lot of insight into how functional software communities work. Thankfully, lots of people still do as ESR says, not as ESR does. Here is a brief story about one such exchange.

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February 7, 2007

VirtualBox On FC6 / CentOS 4 / OpenSuSE 10.2

Filed under: Fedora Core, Red Hat, Suse, Virtualization — tuxicity @ 9:34 am

InnoTek VirtualBox is a family of powerful x86 virtualization products for enterprise as well as home use. Not only is VirtualBox an extremely feature rich, high performance product for enterprise customers, it is also the only professional solution that is freely available as Open Source Software under the terms of the GNU Public License (GPL).
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February 3, 2007

Screenshots and Fedora LiveCD 7 Test 1 Preview

Filed under: Distributions, Fedora, Fedora Core, Red Hat — tuxicity @ 10:37 am

 phoronix >>>

Fedora 7 Test 1 is now out. Originally Fedora 7 Test 1 was scheduled for release on January 30, but a delay had pushed it back to today. Fortunately this two-day delay should not push back the April final release. Many of the features for Fedora 7 were covered in our Fedora 7: The Linux Knight in Shining Armor article. However, what we have to offer today is the first screenshots of Fedora 7 along with some of our very preliminary thoughts on the Fedora Desktop LiveCD here.

February 1, 2007

(Column) The Importance of Video Settings on Linux

Filed under: Fedora, Fedora Core, linux, Suse, Ubuntu — tuxicity @ 12:55 pm

It’s maddening. For someone who is trying make a daily use of what is to be considered a beginner friendly distribution for the first time, most options leave a lot to be desired for the uninitiated. More often than not, new Linux users find that everything works great at first only to discover that setting up something as common as a dual-head monitor configuration requires editing your xorg.conf file. If you are coming from a non-Linux environment, this can be a fairly frightening proposition.
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January 17, 2007

Fedora 7: The Linux Knight in Shining Armor?

Filed under: Fedora, Fedora Core — tuxicity @ 11:55 am

Fedora Core 6 was released on October 24, 2006 and scheduled to come out a half-year later is the seventh major release for the Fedora Project. However, unlike Yarrow, Tettnang, Heidelberg, Stentz, Bordeaux, and Zod, Fedora 7 is shaping up to be the most ambitious release yet. With all the work and reform going into Fedora 7 it poses the question, will Fedora 7 be Linux’s knight in shining armor?

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January 14, 2007

Distribution Release: BLAG Linux And GNU 60000

Filed under: Distributions, Fedora Core — tuxicity @ 10:33 am

BLAG Linux And GNU 60000, a single-CD, Fedora-based distribution, has been released: “BLAG 60000 (flout) is a new series with a new base (Fedora Core 6) and many new applications.” The new version ships with Linux kernel 2.6.19 and includes the latest version of the GNOME desktop environment, 2.16. Among software applications, BLAG 60000 features a large number of multimedia packages, such as Democracy Player, the Kino video editor, Listen audio player and Audacity sound editor. Kiax Internet telephony software and Gaim instant messaging client are also provided. Other popular software, including Firefox, Thunderbird or GIMP are included on the installation CD, while additional 8,500 packages are available from the project’s download repositories or two downloadable DVDs.

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BLAG is a Linux distribution based on Fedora Core and reduced to one CD. It includes useful applications missing from Fedora Core (e.g. mp3, p2p, apt, etc…), as well as a suite of graphics, Internet, audio, video, office, and peer-to-peer file sharing applications. BLAG is up-to-date with all Fedora errata fixes at time of release and uses synaptic for easy upgrades. The name stands for Brixton Linux Action Group, which works to overthrow corporate control of information and technology through community action and to spread Free Software.

January 12, 2007

Fedora releases a live CD

Filed under: Fedora Core, Red Hat — tuxicity @ 10:29 am

The Fedora community got its first official live CD last month. Based on Fedora Core 6, it shows off the best of what Fedora has to offer. Furthermore, the tools used to put together the CD make creating and maintaining custom Red Hat or Fedora-based live CDs simple.

The live CD comes as a 684MB ISO that supports only the i386 architecture. The compressed filesystem holds about 2.3GB of applications — a fraction of applications and utilities in the five-CD set that makes up Fedora Core 6. It runs Linux kernel 2.6.18 and the latest stable GNOME (2.16) and X.org (7.1). There’s no cosmetic difference between the live CD and FC6 apart from wallpaper that reflects its time of release.

The GNOME panel includes the NetworkManager utility, which is turned on by default. NetworkManager ensures smooth transition from one network to another while moving between fixed and wireless networks. To further assist people moving about in the field, the live CD also contains VPN connectivity software. It’s configurable with a plugin integrated in the NetworkManager. “My manager actually used it in an airport from his laptop where the hard disk had just broken down,” reports David Zeuthen, lead developer of the live CD.

The CD has a read/write filesystem that lets users get a taste of how software and updates are managed in Fedora with Pirut (add/remove software) and Pup (software updater). The new software are saved in RAM and are lost once the computer is restarted.

Bundled software includes AbiWord for word processing and the Gnumeric spreadsheet. OpenOffice.org had been part of a beta release, but was removed to free up space for all the input methods of Smart Common Input Method (SCIM) and all the application and user interface translations that are included in FC6, making the live CD usable for non-English-speaking users.

How does the Fedora live CD compare with Ubuntu 6.10, which is distributed as a live CD that can be installed onto a hard disk from within the live environment? The Fedora live CD is currently missing the installation feature, but a graphical installer is under development. You can still use the live CD to partition disks with GParted and analyze mounted disks with Baobab. By default, the live CD doesn’t mount any partitions, and until you mount one manually, GParted will crash on startup.

On the image processing and management side, both Ubuntu and Fedora live CD have FSpot, GThumb, and the GIMP. The Fedora live CD also bundles the Inkscape vector graphics editor and several dozen fonts. To play music and video files, it bundles the Rhythmbox CD player and Totem Movie Player. The Ubuntu live CD also include the Serpentine Audio CD creator, Sound Juicer CD Extractor, and a sound recorder.

Both live CDs include the Firefox Web browser, Evolution email client, and Gaim instant messenger. The Fedora live CD also has the XChat IRC client. It features Beagle desktop search and AIGLX and Compiz for 3-D desktop effects, if you have hardware that supports them.

The Fedora live CD runs in SELinux’s targeted mode and includes the useful SELinux troubleshooter application that debuted in FC6. It lacks the desktop version’s Xen virtualization support. Also lacking are some administration tools for detecting sound cards, configuring network cards, and setting up firewalls.

More than just a live CD

In the announcement of the live CD’s release, Zeuthen mentions the live CD tools that were used to create the CD, which have been submitted to the Extra repository. Zeuthen, as part of his work for the One Laptop Per Child project, developed Pilgrim, which creates system images that can run off USB flash drives. The tool used for creating the final release is a rewrite of Pilgrim in Python. It can be used for creating live CDs out of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, and other downstream Fedora distributions.

The procedure to create a live CD using the livecd-tools is well documented. All that is required is a package that defines what RPMs are to be included in the live CD and what kind of system configuration is to take place once the live environment is up and running. Today Zeuthen offers three such packages, each of which refers to a different flavor of live CD: Fedora-livecd is a minimal live CD with no UI, fedora-livecd-gnome is a live CD with a GNOME desktop, and fedora-livecd-desktop is a live CD with a GNOME desktop and lots of applications.

Further, the system provides an inheritance scheme, so fedora-livecd-desktop builds on top of fedora-livecd-gnome, and fedora-livecd-gnome builds on top of fedora-livecd. So, if you wanted to create an Eclipse live CD, for example, you could create a fedora-livecd-eclipse package that builds on top of fedora-livecd-gnome. To do so, you’d copy the fedora-livecd-desktop bits and then edit the configuration file to include the Eclipse-related packages instead of some desktop ones.

This fedora-livecd-eclipse RPM becomes a package itself that is versioned and can be maintained over time. So for Fedora 7, the fedora-livecd-eclipse would pull in certain packages, and later on in Fedora 9 it would pull in some packages, depending on the current Eclipse at the time. This will allow the Fedora Eclipse community to maintain this fedora-livecd-eclipse RPM without having to coordinate with the live CD developers.

“This is really enabling, and empowers the various special interest groups in Fedora to do live CDs to showcase their work. For example, it’s not unreasonable that the Fedora Music community might do their own live CD,” Zeuthen says.

And surprisingly, the live CD tools will also help package maintainers. As per the live CD roadmap, there are plans to pump out daily live CD builds of the Fedora development tree, called rawhide. If there are dependency problems with packages in rawhide, the live CD won’t get built, making the problem immediately obvious. Zeuthen thinks that this will encourage maintainers of broken packages to fix problems quickly.

Several developments in the pipeline

What’s already good is going to get better. The upcoming graphical installer for the live CD will use code from Fedora’s Anaconda installer so as to work on different architectures.

Currently there’s no provision for persistent storage that would let users save changes to the live CD environment. Zeuthen says a feature to store changes to a USB disk is under consideration. Also, the discussions on the Fedora live CD mailing list hint that a live DVD and a version that runs off pen drives may someday be released.

The current live CD is very usable. Its package selection makes it an ideal starting point for a new Linux user. It doesn’t have OpenOffice.org and uses the freed up space intelligently to include SCIM and translations that’ll allow it to reach more users. Still a few more GUI configuration tools (for network and firewall) wouldn’t hurt.

As for the tools, that’s where all the action is going to be. By helping individual developers maintain small configuration packages separate from Fedora, the tools bring more logic and order to the process of creating live CDs. The Vietnamese Open Source Software Community have created a custom live CD using the livecd-tools called FCone which includes OpenOffice.org, the Xfce desktop environment, and several “non-free” packages and codecs. As the tools mature and become popular, expect several respins.

Original from :: Linux.com | Fedora releases a live CD

January 10, 2007

Red Hat’s Fedora to Get Longer Support

Filed under: Fedora Core, Red Hat — tuxicity @ 3:19 pm

Red Hat’s next release of its community Linux distribution will sport a slightly modified name, more packages and a longer supported life.

Since its inception in November 2003, Red Hat’s community Linux project has been called Fedora Core; starting with version 7, it will be known simply as Fedora.

The name change comes as the project merges the effort of its Fedora Core, Fedora Extras and Fedora Legacy efforts. Core produced the core operating system, Extras dealt with packages not included in Core and Legacy provided support for older version of Fedora.

Fedora Legacy is now no more, and with its demise the length of support for a Fedora distribution has dropped significantly.

With the help of Fedora Legacy, a Fedora release could have had support of over two years in some cases. The Fedora Core project, on the other hand, only provides support for the current release and its immediate predecessor. Considering that Fedora Core releases occur at least twice a year, that doesn’t leave room for a very long support cycle.

The loss of extended legacy support for Fedora apparently hasn’t cost Fedora. Fedora Project Leader Max Spevack told internetnews.com that the end of Fedora Legacy has not had a negative impact on the number of downloads for Fedora Core.

To be sure, Fedora Core 6 recently passed the million user mark .

“While the “Legacy” name might be disappearing, we’re also planning to extend the time frame that a Fedora release is officially maintained from its current period, which is about 10 months, to probably something like 13 months,” Spevack said.

“One of the things that Fedora users have been asking for is a longer official lifecycle, which sort of rolls some of the Legacy charter into the main Fedora distribution.”

For those that need longer support than the 13 months Fedora will offer, there is Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) which provides multi-year support with guaranteed maintenance. There is also the free RHEL clone, CentOS for those that don’t need full Red Hat support.

“Fedora’s goal is still to be on the leading edge in terms of new technologies, etc,” Spevack said.

“If we spend a lot of our resources with multi-year support, it will detract from our ability to be innovative without really adding much that doesn’t already exist in more enterprise-focused distros.”

Fedora 7 is expected to be released on April 26 this year.

Syndicated from devxnews.com

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