Big Message #1: REMIX.
Big Message #2: APPLIANCES.
These are essentially the same message -- but they hit two different
audiences. The first message is "consumer-y", the second is
I see the first one as "enterprise-y" as well.
I my use here, I have two use cases for Fedora, and I have written
scripts to customize what packages are installed. I know, kickstart,
that's a hill I have yet to climb. It is easier for me to write a
shell script right now.
However, creating my own "spin" for use within my company has
advantages. One such advantage is making a Live CD of our own chosen
environment that employees can take home for use there.
It is easier to justify the learning time for making our own spin
rather than spend the time learning kickstart. I get a lot more from
learning how to make my own spin.
As far as other points, new versions of Fedora are about relatively
small amounts of continual improvement. There is usually one BIG
thing each release, there isn't really time for more than one BIG
thing. My conservitive side says maybe its a good idea not to have
more than one BIG thing each release - too much change can be a bad
A base hit each time at bat wins a lot of baseball games, and I think
Fedora has had at least a base hit each release since FC3, IMHO. That
fits with the goals of Fedora. It isn't about a home run every seven
years, it is about making all the pieces a bit better, and what
doesn't get caught this release, we'll get it next time. And next
time is not that long of a wait.
If I was to pick out something really visible to me personally, it
would be Firefox 2 and Thunderbird 2.
If I look through the "IN" rankings at
I would point out to people in conversations --
More KDE love - if you like KDE and have shied away from Fedora, try
Tickless kernel - get more run time for your laptop ( well sort of
anyway, FixWakeups is OUT ).
Better updates workflow - You thought Fedora had a lot of updates
before, you ain't seen nothin' yet !