"One of the most telling stats, based on information gathered from
LinuxCon registrations this year, is how the different distributions
have won or lost favor with users. Although Fedora used to hold nearly
half the market share (45%), it has now dropped firmly into second place
(28%) behind the growing popularity of Ubuntu (34%). One positive aspect
of this change is more distributions are getting users’ attention and
use, and Linux Mint has recently joined the more well-known and older
distros on the list."
"GPT, the GUID Partition Table, is an alternate disk partition table
scheme that solves two problems associated with the MBR (Master boot
Record) partition table. It allows the configuration of more than four
primary partitions, the maximum supported by MBR, and also supports disk
partitions of more than 2 TB. So GPT will be the default partition table
scheme on Fedora 16"
"The Fedora developers have listened and have decided that Fedora 16
will not use Btrfs by default. The announcement was made by Josef Bacik,
Senior Software Engineer at Red Hat. Bacik, however, mentioned that
Btrfs is still being considered as the default filesystem for future
release of Fedora. The target release to have Btrfs by default has been
shifted to Fedora 17 now."
"I'm actually encouraged by the fact that btrfs is being delayed for
default for another release. It shows that the Fedora release process
and objectives are working well. Bacik has also displayed a great deal
of patience (as far as I've seen, anyway) with bug reports and
complaints while working to get it up to speed."
"Recently, it became apparent that Btrfs has not met the stipulated
criteria. The main reason for this continues to be the still ongoing
development of a decent program for testing and repairing Btrfs file
systems. Bacik had previously hoped that such a program would be
released in May; now, the developer has mentioned a time frame of "a few
weeks", but has also said that the developers' target is the Linux
Plumbers Conference, which will start on 7 September. The Fedora project
will probably make a second attempt to switch in Fedora 17."
"Upon the release of LibreOffice 3.4.2, the Document Foundation
announced that Oracle and SUSE each contributes roughly 25 percent of
the latest commits, while Red Hat contributed another 20 percent.
Following Oracle’s donation of Openoffice to the Apache Foundation
earlier this year, The Document Foundation wants to reassure the
technology public that corporate support for LibreOffice is strong and
that this Office suite is “enterprise ready.” "
"Some old time Fedora users may be aware of Fedora's poor track record
when it comes to KDE although things have been changing ever since the
release of KDE 4.x. I regularly try Fedora KDE and so far haven't been
fully convinced with the experience until now.
As a fan of both Fedora and KDE it gives me pleasure to say Fedora 15
with KDE 4.6.x is a great experience!"
"If I was to sum up my opinion on Fedora 15 in one sentence, it’d have
to be “Rough, but with great potential“. Gnome 3 is still a baby, and
Fedora took a bold step by pushing it to the forefront, and I applaud
them for that. As cozy as it may be, there’s still a whole lot of polish
left to be done. The front-end is still rough, and the back-end doesn’t
seem to have yet caught up with all the changes. If Fedora can manage to
take the successes in this release (which are many) and smooth out some
of those rough spots (which are also many), then Fedora 16 is likely to
pull a lot of users away from Ubuntu permanently. From the looks of it,
I’ll be one of them."
"By this time, summer of 1991, we had both started posting to Usenet. In
August, Linus mentioned his kernel project on comp.os.minix for the
first time. Later on, he decided to make the code available, and got one
of the admins of ftp.funet.fi to put it there. For this, the project
needed a name. Linus wanted to call it Freax, but Ari Lemmke, the
ftp.funet.fi admin, decided to call it Linux instead. You can find the
Freax name in the Makefile of the earliest Linux releases."