robyduck and the websites team have been hard at work on the getfedora
website, and it is
progressing nicely. However, one of the big missing pieces is quality
copy for the
product descriptions, and the "tour" pages.
So i am proposing we meet up on Monday Nov 10 at 1900UTC in #fedora-mktg
to hack at
getting this content done (this is quite time sensitive, as we need to
get this content to l10n ASAP)
I have also added Paul Frields, Matt Miller and Stephen Gallagher to
this thread as my ideas for some
representation from the Workstation, Cloud and Server WG's respectively.
YOu three, if there
are any other preople from the working groups that might want to help
out us with the marketing
copy for the products, feel free to invite them too.
I pulled together (much of) the coverage around the beta from Tuesday -
very good stuff so far, but if you have any questions, let me know.
*/Fedora 21 rolls three versions of Linux into one OS/
Following hints earlier in the year, a beta of Red Hat Fedora Linux 21
has finally arrived in three incarnations: Cloud, Server, and
Workstation. Fedora 21 also provides the first public glimpse of Project
Atomic, Red Hat's initiative to produce a Linux distribution optimized
as a Docker container host.
Users who have deployed Fedora in the past as a workstation environment
can turn to the appropriately named Fedora 21 Workstation. In addition
to updates of all previously included software, the new version features
a technology preview of the Wayland display server, an improvement on
the X.org display server currently used by Linux distributions.
Workstation also includes the Dev Assistant tool to provide developers
with a fast way to instantiate project environments.
Fedora 21 Cloud allows the best idea of what the "atomic" in Project
Atomic means. It's available in two varieties of images: one for use in
conventional cloud environments like OpenStack or Amazon Web Services,
and a slimmed-down version optimized as a Docker host. The latter -- the
"atomic" incarnation -- doesn't have any more moving parts than is
absolutely needed and uses Red Hat project rpm-ostree to keep the system
updated without the the restrictions of Fedora's package manager.
*/One OS, three flavors: How Fedora 21 is splitting up to double down on
Fedora has an identity as a long-standing free software Linux
distribution; it's now existed for ten years. The Fedora.next project is
a rethink of the way Fedora is made and developed, and who it's targeted
"Fedora.next is basically looking at this next decade and seeing what we
can do to be more successful and hopefully dominate the decade---that's
the goal," Miller told me. Fedora's stated goal is still "world
domination." It's good to aim high.
Traditionally, Fedora has been developed as a bunch of "Lego bricks," as
Fedora's project leader put it. Sure, there's a desktop installation
disc, but if you want to do anything beyond use the basic desktop you're
a bit on your own. There's a full installer DVD with four gigabytes of
packages you can download if you'd like. You're on your own when it
comes to choosing, installing, and setting them up, however.
Fedora's reorganized itself to produce "three separate products... not
just as a bunch of packages and Lego bricks," but to meet specific
needs. These products are Workstation, Cloud, and Server.
*/Linux fans, Fedora 21 Beta 1 is here! Now featuring three flavors/*
Unfortunately, Fedora has fallen a bit behind lately with a slow release
schedule, frustrating some users. How bad is it? Well, Fedora 20 was
released back in December of 2013. Today, finally, the first beta of
Fedora 21 is released, and there is something unique about it; for the
first time, there are three distinct versions (flavors) of the operating
system. Is that a good or bad thing?
"The Fedora Project is excited to announce the beta release of Fedora
21, the first Fedora release to embrace the Fedora.next initiative,
which in part seeks to better meet user needs by delivering three
distinct products. Fedora 21 is a Linux based operating system
developed and maintained by the Fedora Project's diverse global
community as part of the project's mission of advancing free software.
It deviates from other Fedora releases, however, by delivering not one,
but three flavors of Fedora 21 Beta: Fedora 21 Cloud Beta, Fedora 21
Server Beta, Fedora 21 Workstation Beta" says the Fedora Project Team.
This three-flavor concept will likely draw the ire of many in the Fedora
Community; however it will likely stem from a fear of change. Yes, this
is something new and Fedora fans love their distro, so any threat to it
is understandably an emotional thing. With that said, I think the
community should give the concept a chance.
For most home users, the Workstation flavor will be the target. The
Fedora Project Team explains, "offering a reliable, user friendly and
powerful operating system for laptops and PCs, Fedora 21 Workstation
Beta delivers a stable and flexible development platform for application
developers from students to hobbyists to corporate coders".
*/Fedora 21 Beta released in Workstation, Server, and Cloud flavors/*
The next major release of the Fedora Linux-based operating system is
scheduled for December, but you can take a beta version of Fedora 21 for
a spin today.
Version 21 is the first update based on Fedora.next, an initiative to
separate the operating system into three different variants. Fedora
Workstation is for desktop and laptop users, while Fedora Server is
aimed at web or file servers. There's also a Fedora Cloud version
designed for creating private clouds or other simple projects.
*/Fedora 21 beta finally arrives/*
*It's a bit late, but the Fedora 21 beta is now out and ready to download.*
*Previously, Fedora was first and foremost a desktop distribution that
also contained server elements. If all went well, the new features
introduced in Fedora would eventually appear in Red Hat Enterprise Linux
(RHEL). This go-around, there are three Fedora spins: one for the cloud,
one for the server, and one for the workstation.
Fedora now uses a modular-style design. So, while each spin is for a
specific use case, they all share the basics of the Linux kernel, RPM,
yum, systemd, and Anaconda.
Looking at Fedora 21 as a whole, it's become clear to me that Fedora is
becoming more and more an advanced look for developers and system
administrators at the future of RHEL. It's always been a bleeding-edge
distribution, but now more than ever, it's a distro for serious
professionals rather than enthusiastic amateurs.
If you don't feel up to working with the beta, the final release of
Fedora 21 is now scheduled for December 9th.
/Red Hat releases Fedora 21 Beta for cloud, server and workstation
RED HAT'S FEDORA PROJECT announced the release of Fedora 21 Beta in a
blog post on Tuesday, suggesting that the final release of its next
leading-edge Fedora Linux distribution might be only weeks away.
Fedora 21 realises Red Hat's Fedora.next initiative by packaging the
release in three variants for cloud, server and workstation environments.
Red Hat said that each flavour of Fedora 21 Beta addresses a distinct
set of use cases, but that all three platforms are built from a common
set of software packages.
Fedora 21 Cloud Beta offers images for use in private or commercially
hosted cloud data centres, as well as an image suitable for running
It features modular kernel packaging for the cloud that supports a
minimal set of drivers for virtual hosting and a larger set of drivers
for general use. It also delivers a Fedora Atomic Host optimised for
*/openSUSE 13.2 Ships, Fedora 21 hits Beta/
*After some delay, the first Fedora beta in 2014 has arrived to show off
what's next for Red Hat's community Linux distribution.
The biggest change comes in how the release is split up into three
products instead of just one general purpose system. With Fedora 21
there are now cloud, server and workstation releases. The of course
there is also the Base working group, which is the core of Fedora (pun
intended), but not really a full release itself.
"The Base Working Group develops the standard platform for all Fedora
products, which includes the installer, compose tools, and basic
platform for the other products. The Base set of packages is not a full
product intended for use on its own, but to be kept as a small, stable
platform for other products to build on."*
*/Old hat: Fedora 21 beta late than never... and could be best ever/
As has become regrettably typical for the Fedora project, the first
Fedora 21 beta is well behind schedule. According to the current
schedule on the Fedora wiki, the final version will arrive about a month
late, on 9 December. That is if nothing goes wrong during the beta
testing phase that's just started.
A month might not sound so bad, but it has been nearly 12 months since
Fedora 20 arrived, which is not good for a distro that supposedly
updates every six months.
Whatever. Fedora 21, whose beta has just arrived, looks like it will be
worth the wait.
*/openSUSE 13.2 and Fedora 21 Beta Released/
The Fedora Project Team today announced the release of Fedora 21 Beta
right on the www.redhat.com website highlighting its availability in
"not one, but three flavors." It was also announced on
fedoramagazine.org saying "users also have the choice of Fedora Spins
that highlight user favorites like KDE Plasma Workspaces, Xfce, LXDE,
and Sugar on a Stick (SoaS)." GNOME 3.14, Wayland Technology Preview,
and DevAssistant are among the features of the desktop flavor.
Prereleases are available at fedoraproject.org.
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This page details how to take screenshots, but it's several years old +
probably needs some love.
I did some light editing, but we could use:
- Recommended tools for screenshots (Shutter?)
- Guidance on size of screenshots (I did best-guess and said 1280x1024
and 1440x900. It's entirely likely I'm wrong and somebody who knows
better can suggest the "right" sizes for screenshots today.)
Joe Brockmeier | Principal Cloud & Storage Analyst
jzb(a)redhat.com | http://community.redhat.com/
Twitter: @jzb | http://dissociatedpress.net/
Hi marketing team/WGs,
me again - we're getting closer to Beta release. The readiness
meeting is just one week away from now, it would be great to have
at least draft prepared.
I see, Joe already created Beta announcement page.
Btw. it was excellent work on Alpha, with WGs and everyone else
being involved! I expect we don't need much updates from Alpha,
just a bit extend it with more features, more details.
"Fedora 21: The Most Polished Release Yet
Fedora 21 is quite an exciting release that I’ll continue to follow
through the rest of the alpha and beta phases. If you haven’t ever
tried Fedora before, then this may be the best release to try out once
it’s final. If you already use Fedora, then be sure to upgrade when it
comes out as you’ll be very pleased."
Fedora Project Leader