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Red Hat's engineer and Fedora Project board member, Bill Nottingham, announced on the Fedora developer's list on Jan. 4 that, "There will be no more releases of Fedora Core or Fedora Extras." Instead, Core and Extras will be merged together.
"Starting with Fedora 7, there is no more Core, and no more Extras; there is only Fedora. One single repository, built in the community on open source tools, assembled into whatever spins the Fedora community desires," wrote Nottingham.
Fedora Core is, as the name indicates, the central part of the operating system. Fedora Extras was a software package collage that complemented Fedora Core. For example, the Linux kernel and the Apache Web servers were clearly Core elements, while games and hardware specific tuning widgets were considered to be perfect for Extras.
Exactly how Red Hat Inc. and the Fedora Project will merge Core and Extras has yet to be worked out. "There's a lot of work to be done, and we're looking for help. What's left of the Core Steering Committee is going to work with the Fedora Board and FESCO to figure out just how this new combined repository is going to be governed and managed," said Nottingham.
These integration problems aren't slowing down the release plans for Fedora 7 however. Fedora 7 Test 1 Release is scheduled for Jan. 30. If all goes well Fedora 7 will be released to the general public on Apr. 26.
This new release will include a live CD version of Fedora, WiFi improvements including firmware support, encrypted file systems support, and overall performance improvements.
I do think this is a good idea though. It will simplify things for the end users.
Tootsieroll - why do you think FC6 is a disaster?
If you have an x86_64 box, you'll know what I'm talking about.
If you do a default install from the DVD media onto an x86_64 box,
make no changes to anything and run "yum -y update" as root, the box
immediately becomes unstable with multiple versions of all kinds of
unstable?? I don't know what you mean. On a 64 bit system you get 64 bit and 32 bit libs. Nothing unstable about that and I have no problems on my end.
Perhaps I should be more clear. The most annoying shit that I am dealing with right now is client applications. E.g., against my better judgement, I installed NPAPI Plugins Wrapper 0.9.91.1 in order to be able to view webpages with Flash content.
What a terrible mistake. Visiting random web pages with Flash contents causes the browser to lock up and sometimes the entire box to slow to an incredible crawl.
FC 6 x86_64 is freaking HORRIBLE. Unfortunately, it is not my decision as to what O/S to run on this box since it isn't mine.
yes, version 0.9.91.1 is very buggy. I haven't had many problems with version 0.9.91.2 and the latest flash version. Of course, the author warns that the software is beta. Also you can run a 32 bit browser or even the windows version of firefox. The fact that some software/drivers are still 32 bit are problems on all distros. In fact even windows has some of the same issues. This transition will take a while since ms didn't issue/force vista as x64 only.