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Fedora Linux Plans Changes for Open Source OS
Fedora Linux, the open source operating system associated with Red Hat (RHT), has major changes on the horizon. That's the plan, at least, as open source developers discuss revamping the platform through the initiative they're calling Fedora.next.
Fedora, a community-developed Linux distribution introduced in 2003 that Red Hat uses to test technologies for potential inclusion in the company's commercial platforms, is now on release No. 20. It's about as tried and true as software gets in the Linux world, and it has a very solid record of producing good releases.
But starting at the Flock 2013 conference last August, Fedora developers began clamoring to shake things up a bit. Contributor Matthew Miller outlined the reasons for change earlier this year in Fedora Magazine. Among other motives, he emphasized that "Fedora is considered boring." That's not, he said, because it's less exciting than other desktop Linux distributions such as Ubuntu and Debian. Instead, users are no longer as passionate about Linux distributions in general as they once were, especially in an age when most of the exciting things that are happening in open source software development involve mobile devices, the cloud and container virtualization—not old-fashioned laptops and PCs.
The solution to resurrecting Fedora's bygone glory, Miller and his supporters within the Fedora community hope, is to plan a new future for the operating system in the form of Fedora.next. For now, the name refers simply to "planning and direction-setting" aimed at identifying changes Fedora developers should make over the next several years to reinvigorate the operating system.
Most notable on the list so far is a proposal for splitting Fedora releases into three different "products" —workstation, cloud and server—"so that we can build and market each in different ways," as Miller explained in a follow-up to his first article. That's a very similar strategy to the one adopted by distributions including Ubuntu—although it is notable that, unlike the Ubuntu suite, none of the proposed Fedora products focuses on mobile. The product segementation seems likely to make it easier for different groups of Fedora users to obtain a distribution that more readily meets their particular needs out of the box.
". . . none of the proposed Fedora products focuses on mobile" -- at least not yet. And yes, Fedora is boring, mainly because it's so very current-Gnome.
. . . users are no longer as passionate about Linux distributions in general as they once were, especially in an age when most of the exciting things that are happening in open source software development involve mobile devices, the cloud and container virtualization. . . .
They're passionate about Linux distributions that work well for them, like Mint or Arch, or even Slackware. And I'll continue with Debian [Testing], thank you.
Actually, Fedora works pretty well for me, as do Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and PCLinuxOS (which I'm using right now on my laptop as I type this). Slap an LXDE desktop (my personal favorite) on it, and most major distros are equally acceptable to me.