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Old 10-08-2009, 03:09 PM   #1
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Best way to learn Fedora's architecture


I'm extremely familiar with Linux as a GUI-less server, but I have been toying around with Fedora as a desktop.

I'm curious to learn about Fedora's architecture and internals -- for example, its new bootup process, virtualization integration, Gnome internals such as dbus, etc.

I've browsed the Fedora wiki and from what I can gather, I have two ways of learning: I can go down the feature lists of each Fedora release and learn about all added features one by one, or I can dig into the code and start looking at the system from the init process on.

I was wondering if anyone knew of any resources that explained Fedora in an intricate detail such as this? Fedora is a huge project with a lot of developers who are familiar with it, so I'm also curious as to how they are up to speed.

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There is a tutorial at that explains the init boot process and is Fedora-specific. It was last modified 8 October 2009, so perhaps it is up-to-date. Is that what you are looking for?
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Thanks for the link. I have read that Fedora is moving or has moved to the upstart system. The Fedora wiki says upstart has been added since Fedora 9, and it is installed on Fedora 11 by default, however maybe Fedora is simply not fully utilizing it yet.

I was thinking that with upstart packaged by default and Fedora's 20 second boot time for release 11, that there were more significant changes done to the bootup process. I guess I was wrong with this assumption.

Thanks again,


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