"LXF: Was it the community side or the technical side that attracted you
MS: If I'm going to honest about myself I'd have to say that I was a
decent programmer, not a superstar programmer. Even in college there
were people who just loved to write code for hours and hours and hours,
and those were the best programmers. I liked it and was good enough at
it to get good grades, but it wasn't an all-consuming passion for me.
I always kind of thought that I would be in a technical company but in a
managerial, a leadership type of role, so looking back it doesn't
necessarily surprise me that this is the job I've ended up in. I live in
awe of our brilliant engineers and the things they can do. "
"I am generally very impressed with F10: It is certainly a faster
distribution than ever before and I appreciate the new, improved
PulseAudio. More than anything, however, F10 is a distribution that just
feels right, a feeling that comes from the sum of many different parts
which have been well chosen, well-implemented and improved where necessary.
If you are an experienced Linux user, F10 is well worth spending some
time with just for its sheer rounded-out quality; new users, once they
get their heads around that multimedia issue, might also find a lot to
admire in this excellent release."
Interesting to look back at the changes
"A Visual Desktop Tour of 10 Fedora Releases
Fedora is without doubt one of the most prolific Linux distributions
around. In the span of only 5 years, the Fedora Project has already
unleashed 10 major versions of Fedora.
Let's take a trip down memory lane and have a visual desktop tour of
this wonderful distro starting from its inaugural version that was
released on November 6, 2003 until its most recent version that was out
just a few days ago."
"Except for the codec advisor, little in Fedora 10 is radically new.
However, if you imagine that means the release has nothing to offer, you
are wrong. Improvements to infrastructure may not immediately capture
the imagination, but fixing and streamlining subsystems and laying the
groundwork for future improvements soon adds up. Users may overlook a
single new feature any time they aren't using it, but basic improvements
are obvious all the time, and Fedora 10 has so many that you can't help
noticing the improvements constantly.
Fedora 10 is the first release of any distribution in a long time that
has actually felt like an upgrade to me. With more hardware detected,
increased performance, and improved interfaces, Fedora 10 is an
unusually strong release, with tantalizing hints of even better to come."
In Fedora 10, there is a kernel-firmware package so you can exclude
*-firmware in yum.conf if you are concerned about this. The work is
close to getting completed.
"According to Woodhouse, such solutions are in keeping with the modern
kernel practice of removing firmware from the kernel. New drivers
already follow this practice, and old ones are being rewritten to follow
it in what he calls largely routine "janitorial work to bring drivers up
to date with how we do things these days."
"There are plenty of technical reasons why it's better to do that,"
Woodhouse says. "It's much easier to change firmware and experiment with
it, and it avoids taking up unswappable kernel memory for something
which is only required occasionally."