Stopping retail distribution of Red Hat Linux and moving
towards a more frequently updated Fedora project isnt
equivalent to abandonment of the desktop users. Red Hat has
never produced a distribution that directly targetted the
Beg to differ on this one Rahul. My RH 8.0 boxed set is full of pretty
pictures of the "New, Improved" Bluecurve desktop, with improvements on the
desktop layout and usability.
And anaconda has always (at least since v5.2) supported a "Personal Desktop"
While I am strongly pro-Red Hat, I'm another who felt a little bit abandoned
when RH9.0 went end-of-life. The Fedora community does well for support,
but it is not a substitute for having someone who will receive your email
and promises to deliver an answer.
While its true that Red Hat wouldnt isnt
directly involved in retail distribution of Fedora,
independant vendors continue to do that extensively. Fedora
release cycle combined with the Fedora legacy project would
provide something thats pretty close yet
better to previous releases of Red Hat Linux.
This depends on your point of view. A release every six months to a year is
preferable to me than a new release every three months or so, especially
when there's a very significant change.
Red Hat continues to work on things that are meant to improve
the user experience for Fedora. For example extensive work on
GTK, dbus, hal and things like Network manager are some of
the pieces of desktop infrastructure that springs up to mind.
Where can someone discover basic data about new features? I'd want for
something less than a tutorial and more than a release note. I had little
idea about what hal, dbus, etc. were before installing and experimenting.
Efforts to improve bootup speed using bootchart  and
things like GDM early login 
If this is intended to allow login prior to a full bootup, I hope that users
can disable it. If the intent is to make the computer more like Windows,
it's no help. This is one user's opinion: allowing a user access to the
desktop and applications does no good if the infrastructure isn't working
This is one of my significant complaints about Windows. I am allowed to
start applications, such as my email reader, before it is able to operate
(because network connections are not up yet). When I try to do something,
like download email, the client encounters an error and I have to wait
longer for the failed action to timeout. In other cases, actions like
opening files take longer (because the system is busy in the background) and
the result is a system that at best appears bloated and sluggish.
are primarly for desktop
users. servers arent going to rebooted that often for boot up
speed to be a significant factor . right?
Work on GCJ ( GNU compiler for Java) would enable the
significant amount of Java code in Openoffice 2.0 to e run
under a natively compiled free Java stack which I believe you
would agree is a important thing for the desktop market.
Bravo! Again one user's opinion. More and more of what I do requires Java.
I would be happy to see a completely free Java stack.
. . .
The following things are what I would consider important
features that are planned to included in Fedora Core 4 that
you have not mentioned in your review
Xen  - A para virtualisation software that would enable
users to run multiple operating systems or versions of it.
Red Hat GFS  - Cluster filesystem
SELinux update - Significant number of additional deamons
will protected by SELinux in Fedora Core 4
Lukewarm. Some of my students have had significant problems with SELinux,
and the advice they have received is generally along the lines of "Oh yeah,
it doesn't work right on Fedora, so just turn it off."
Free Java stack
which includes Eclipse and Apache Jakarta
Fedora Extras yum
repository enabled by default
GDM early login
???? I'll wait and see.
and removal of
rhgb would be a significant change in user experience for
desktop users Evince document viewer 
Yum will use sqllite
database and perform much faster that previous releases
Good, good, good.
Just my 40% of a nickel, with a word of thanks for a wonderful distribution.