[Ambassadors] Speaking engagement at Northeastern University report
jkeating at redhat.com
Sat Mar 8 00:49:44 UTC 2008
On Fri, 2008-03-07 at 19:15 -0500, Jon Stanley wrote:
> 2008/3/7 Jesse Keating <jkeating at redhat.com>:
> > I'm still waiting :/
> In the meantime can you share the outline that you used?
What makes a Linux Distribution?
Based on Linux kernel
Replacement for MINIX
Needed a kernel, bam, we have GNU/Linux
POSIX, a history
Portable Operating System Interface
Started around 1985
Define an API for Unix operating system
Based on POSIX
Extended for Linux specifics
Defines layout for files/directories on Linux
Classes of Distributions
Individuals, Debian Developers
Red Hat, based on Fedora, subscription model
Novell, loosely based on OpenSuSE, subscription model
Commercially backed Community
Individuals and paid (RH) developers. Elected && assigned project
board / elected committees.
Paid (Novell) developers, community testers / repos. Assigned
Paid (Canonical) developers for main/restricted, community for
What sets Fedora apart?
Only truly open commercially backed Community distro
OpenSuSE - Can't commit to packages, do builds, etc...
Ubuntu - Only employees can commit to core packages, do builds,
Fedora allows any contributor to commit to packages, do builds, join
groups, govern, etc...
Fedora Infrastructure, more than just a distribution, open source
Central account system, gpg key, ssl cert
Build system (why a "Service" isn't really needed)
Direct pipeline to users/developers/testers
Fedora -- All my bits are free, are yours?
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