Six Good Reasons to Try Fedora 16
Just declared 'gold,' the latest release of this business-focused Linux distribution will make its official debut on Tuesday.
By Katherine Noyes
Nov 4, 2011 10:19 AM
There are many different Linux distributions, each offering a slightly different flavor of the free and open source operating system.
Most readers of these pages are probably at least aware by now of Canonical's Ubuntu Linux, which tends to dominate the headlines by far, but another very popular and excellent choice is Fedora, the free, community version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
Fedora currently ranks at No. 3 in DistroWatch's popularity listings, and late Thursday the project behind it announced that the next big version--Fedora 16, or “Verne”--has been officially declared “gold” and ready for release on Tuesday.
If you've been considering sampling a taste of Linux's many benefits for your business, this new release could be a great one to try because of its particular strength on enterprise features. Here are six good reasons to test it.
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Fedora to simplify filesystem hierarchy
Binaries consolidated, but what about shell scripts and the LSB?
By Brian Proffitt 4 comments
November 02, 2011, 11:41 AM — Since 1979 (or thereabouts), Linux and UNIX-like operating systems have followed a particular, if arcane, way of organizing files. Now the Fedora Project is proposing a plan that will drastically change the way this filesystem hierarchy stores binary applications... if they can work out the potential kinks.
Specifically, the developers in the Fedora Project are proposing to move all executable files into the /usr/bin directory and their libraries into /usr/lib or /usr/lib64, as needed.
The proposal, made by Red Hat developers Harald Hoyer and Kay Sievers, is an attempt to clean up the mess that was made when the /sbin and /bin directories were first split off from each other, and would essentially pull in every component of the operating system to a single mounted volume.
If all of the binaries and libraries were on such a volume, it would be far simpler to run multiple instances of the operating system on different machines on a network, as well as facilitate the use of snapshots, according to Red Hat's Lennart Poettering, who colorfully summed up a defense of the proposal on the [fedora-devel] mailing list.
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On Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 5:47 PM, Ben Cotton <bcotton(a)fedoraproject.org> wrote:
> Marketing friends,
> Greetings from the Docs team. I'm a first-time draftee of the Release
> Announcement, and I'm told that I should pass it to you so that you
> might work your marketing mojo on it.
> Please let me know if you have any questions.