Fedora 7 -- what, when, and why
mspevack at redhat.com
Tue May 8 22:09:45 UTC 2007
With the Red Hat Summit kicking off, I'd like to take a few minutes to
discuss some of the recent happenings in the Fedora Project, particularly
around Fedora 7. This email is being sent both to public Fedora mailing
lists, and to Red Hat mailing lists, so that folks in both the external
and internal Fedora communities can have a chance to read it, and people
can all sort of consistently spread the same message about Fedora.
The next version of Fedora will be released on May 24th. It will be
called "Fedora 7" -- not "Fedora Core 7". It's the most ambitious release
of Fedora that we've undertaken, and I hope that when we look back at
Fedora 7 one or two years down the road, the decisions that we made for
this release will have proven to be as impactful as anything we've done in
the Fedora space since the start of the Fedora Project.
In one sentence: "Fedora 7 has been about improving the manner in which
all future Fedora releases will be made."
(1) The entire toolchain is free. Every step in the distro creation
process is free software, and can take place on hardware that is
accessible both to Red Hat employees and the general Fedora community.
Source code in an external version control system.
RPMs built on an external, open source build system.
Distributions built with an external, open source compose tool.
Why is this important? Because Fedora's ultimate goal over the past few
years has been to allow proven non-Red Hat contributors to have greater
influence and access to the Fedora Project. From the technical side, this
goal has been pushed forward by the Fedora Extras project and the Fedora
Infrastructure projects, especially.
One of the Fedora Project's success metrics is building and running itself
in a way such that no single entity can completely control Fedora's fate.
Fedora 7 gets us there, insofar as there is no "secret sauce" in the
ability to spin a Fedora distribution. Nothing is hidden.
Balanced against these goals of increased openness has been the need to
create systems and infrastructure that continue to allow RHEL or other Red
Hat (not Fedora) branded products to be built and to be more firmly
controlled by Red Hat than Fedora is. Fedora serves as an upstream for
various Red Hat products, and Fedora has a responsibility to provide a
good "service" to those downstream "customers".
(2) Custom spins of Fedora. The primary consequence of (1) is that
customized versions of Fedora are now possible to an extent that was not
available previously. User-generated Fedora, if you're looking for a
Think about some of the possibilities:
+ People in various countries *directly* managing localized spins of
Fedora, customized both for language requirements and bandwidth
+ "Competing" spins of the Fedora Desktop, or server-ready package sets,
allowing the best ones to gain popularity and be shared.
+ The ability for a business or a university that uses Fedora to take
their own third-party RPMs and create a Fedora-derived distribution that
integrates them at build time.
(3) Live CD, DVD, and USB technology. A Fedora spin can be loaded onto
various forms of bootable media, which allows users to run their OS
without hard disk installation, and gives users the ability to launch the
installer with a simple double click. As with what is written above, the
tools used for this are all free software, and therefore everything in
this space is also fully customizable by users.
(4) Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) technology has been integrated with
the Fedora graphical virtualization manager tool. KVM provides a full
virtualization solution, and users have a choice between KVM and Xen,
along with Qemu, in this release.
(5) The usual set of upstream changes and improvements that are a part of
any Fedora release.
RED HAT SUMMIT
Fedora will have a good presence at the Red Hat Summit, beginning on May
9th. There are four talks specifically about Fedora -- a general Q&A, a
talk about Fedora Infrastructure, a talk about building custom versions of
Fedora, and a talk about the Live CD technology.
Furthermore, there will be a Fedora booth in the main area, where Fedora
folks will be able to have general conversations with folks. If you are
looking for me, this is a good place to start!
Additionally, we will be able to give folks who attend the Summit a Fedora
7 Preview Live DVD. This is a special spin of Fedora that we did for the
RH Summit, with custom artwork, Firefox start page, and various other
We'll also have some of the bootable USB keys around for demonstration
purposes, as well as demonstrations going on showing folks how to build
custom spins of Fedora.
I'm putting the finishing touches on this note on a plane somewhere
between Raleigh and San Diego. :-)
FEDORA 7 LAUNCH
As stated earlier, the Fedora 7 release date is May 24th. This is one
week before LinuxTag 2007 in Berlin, which we are using as the "European
Launch" of Fedora 7. Our LinuxTag presence is being organized by Gerold
Kassube, one of our Fedora Ambassadors. The community of folks in Europe
who care deeply about Fedora is definitely a bright spot.
For those of you in Europe who will attend LinuxTag, I look forward to
seeing you there.
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