Linux Distribution: Fedora
Red Hat Linux now has two descendents, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and The Fedora Project.
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|Fedora 7 has been out
|Howdy, cousins! Welcome to our little Fedora hollow, where we've brewed up some mighty, mighty Fedora 7 Moonshine for your enjoyment.
|About Fedora 7
Fedora 7 is the first release to merge the Fedora Core and Fedora Extras package repositories under one set of packaging policies (which explains the change of name from "Fedora Core" to plain "Fedora"). Moreover, according to Fedora chair Max Spevack, Fedora 7 is the first release in which all the software used is released under a free license, and all decision-making is made in public.
In addition, Fedora 7 is the first release to benefit from the fully organized testing sub-project that was established last year under Will Woods.
However, little of these changes are observable to the average user at the desktop. If Test 4, the release candidate used in this review is any indication, what Fedora offers from a user's perspective is a mature product at every stage, from installation to the desktop through to software installation and security. Rather than being radically new, much of Fedora 7 is a legacy of features many polished, a few flawed that has been slowly built up during successive releases.
This new version of Fedora Linux brings many new features and improvements, such as:
1. Rock solid wireless networking support;
2. Wireless firmware;
3. Pungi will be used for tree building;
4. Fast user switching;
5. RandR 1.2;
6. KVM virtualization support;
7. Boot and shutdown speed-up;
8. New init system;
9. rpm and yum enhancements;
10.libata will be used for PATA support;
11.syslog to be replaced with syslog-ng;
12.Improved firewire support;
14.Tickless kernel support;
15.Fix wakeups across the distribution;
16.Encrypted file systems.
Fedora 7 downloads are available in several forms, including live CDs with either the GNOME or the KDE desktop and a 2.7 gigabyte DVD. All are available as either .ISO images or as BitTorrent downloads.
As has been the case for several releases (at least for me), Anaconda, Fedora's installation program, consistently reports downloaded images as corrupt -- so I recommend using the BitTorrent downloads instead. By now, Anaconda must be the oldest continually-used graphical installer for GNU/Linux, and the incarnation in Fedora 7 offers few surprises.
Apart from some small innovations, such as the ability to specify additional package repositories to use, and some additional parameters for the kickstart file -- the log of installation choices used to produce identical installs on other machines -- the most obvious change is the additional choices, such as additional desktops, virtualization tools, and extra language support. These changes aside, once you get past the changes in wallpaper, Anaconda is much the same as it has always been. Like earlier versions, it features an installation medium check at the start, and clear and concise instructions built into the interface, but has yet to add support for more than the ext2 and ext3 filesystems directly from the interface.
In Fedora 7, it offers a moderate set of options, which give more installation choices than Ubuntu, but fewer than Debian. The only thing to watch is that, as a result of changes in IDE disk drivers, all drives are now labeled as if they were SCSI or USB drives, so that the first partition on the first hard drive is now /dev/sda1 instead of /dev/hda1.
New in Fedora 7
This release includes significant new versions of many key components and technologies. The following sections provide a brief overview of major changes from the last release of Fedora.
For the first time, Fedora includes several different spins, which are variations of Fedora built from a specific set of software packages. Each spin has a combination of software to meet the requirements of a specific kind of end user. In addition to a very small boot.iso image for network installation, users have the following spin choices:
1. GNOME and KDE desktop environment based bootable Live images that can be installed to a hard disk. These spins are meant for desktop users who prefer a single disk installation and for sharing Fedora with friends, family, and event attendees.
2. A regular image for desktops, workstations and server users. This spin provides a good upgrade path and similar environment for users of previous releases of Fedora.
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