[In the news] Fedora 15 alpha debuts GNOME 3, adds cloud appliance builder

Rahul Sundaram metherid at gmail.com
Thu Mar 17 09:25:30 UTC 2011



"The Systemd configuration management technology was available as a
technology preview in Fedora 14, but now replaces Upstart and SystemV
init as the default initialization system. Systemd is claimed to speed
boot-time as well as to provide on-demand loading and unloading of
services. Touted Systemd features include system state snapshoting, as
well as the ability to track processes, daemons, and sockets.

In the Lovelock alpha, a dozen desktop daemons have been converted to
use Systemd service files, while a small number of programs have been
patched to take advantage of it, says the Fedora project. Systemd is
said to be compatible with legacy SysV init script

For those Fedora users with their heads in the cloud, one of the more
interesting additions is BoxGrinder, touted as "an easy to use command
line tool to create appliances (virtual images) from simple plaintext
application files." BoxGrinder is available for platforms including KVM,
Xen, VMware, and EC2, says the project"


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