Announcing Fedora 11

Paul W. Frields stickster at
Tue Jun 9 14:16:34 UTC 2009

Ladies and gentlemen of the Royal Explorers Club! Your attention
please. It falls to me to be the host of our proceedings to-day, as we
celebrate a great achievement in the annals of this hallowed
organization -- the discovery of what is truly a magnificent specimen
among all FOSSdom. When Dr. Brattlesworth and I began this safari more
than six months ago, we knew full well the many snares, toils, and
dangers that awaited us along the hundreds of miles of tracking our
quarry across the plains. But we also maintained a steadfast belief
that by living with the land, and becoming part of the larger
ecosystem where this incredible animal takes refuge, we could record
for posterity the way of life of that marvelous creature -- the

What's that? Oh, yes, dear me, the slides. I know you didn't come all
this way to hear my prattle, so let's say we, ah, get right down to
brass tacks as it were! Ho-ho! Yes, here we can see an exquisite scene
of the beast at repose, secure in his den, thanks to the mandatory
access control enhancements, which the astute among you will know
better as "SELinux", to his virtualization systems. Upon closer
inspection of his habitat we reveal further improvements to his
virtualization lair, including the merging of KVM and QEMU, stronger
VNC authentication for guests and a much enhanced
virt-manager. Finally, we were able to determine, as you'll see in
this slide, that our crafty king of beasts has secured his lair using
the protection of integrated fingerprint authentication and DNSSEC.

Next slide please, Dr. Brattlesworth -- Here, we find the quadruped
leaping to action in a flash with its 20-second startup -- and do
observe the animal's graceful form, achieved through kernel mode
setting and Plymouth. We discovered, upon further examination, that
the Leonidas maintains his sleek figure through the help of his new
Presto feature, which allows him to keep his bandwidth trim while
digesting updates that keep him healthy and content. By this point,
Dr. Brattlesworth was positively ecstatic about our discovery, and I
had to calm the poor chap down with some of the local fire-water. That
was a rum morning, wasn't it, my dear fellow? Ha ha!

Oh, balderdash, where was I? Ah yes, next slide. Here we see a diagram
of the cranial capacity of the average member of his species, compared
with that of our subject the Leonidas. Through a form of advanced
evolution to which Dr. Brattlesworth and I refer as "Free and Open
Source Software Development Methods," he has developed the
sophisticated abilities to comprehend code using GCC 4.4, Python 2.6
and NetBeans 6.5, and to patrol a much larger area of space quickly,
using his support for the Ext4 file system

Ah, my favorite slide is next! Here we see the Leonidas at the end of
a day as the full moon rises above the plain, safe and sound with his
new more understandable and flexible volume control. Oh-ho! Perhaps
those among you not asleep in your easy chairs by the fire, or
otherwise engaged in deep conversation, sparked no doubt by our
fascinating presentation, saw my little play at sonic humour. *ahem*
Yes, well.

So now that you have seen the results of our intrepid safari into the
land inhabited by the Leonidas -- truly a worthy quarry, and a wonder
for us to behold, which we are proud to share with you, our
colleagues, as always. I hope that you, like I -- and I trust my dear
fellow adventurer Dr. Brattlesworth -- are already eager to return to
the veldt and witness the next stage of growth of this superlative
creature. Do enjoy your handouts, which are all provided on this
marvelous new invention called the 'live compact-disc,' and which you
may feel absolutely confident in passing on to your many associates
and other curious passers-by.

Let us adjourn now to the smoking room for our brandy and cigars!

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Paul W. Frields                      
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