Discussion of Fedora Server use-cases

Stephen Gallagher sgallagh at redhat.com
Mon Oct 28 12:55:52 UTC 2013


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== What are our use-cases? ==

Full disclosure: the use-cases I am listing below come from
discussions I have had within Red Hat for what we would like to see in
Fedora that we can best build on to become Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.
Please take this in the spirit it is given: I am disclosing what Red
Hat wants up front, so we aren't accused of working towards hidden
goals. I am also not committing us to covering any or all of these
targets. I do believe however that the majority of these use-cases
will be beneficial to both Fedora and Red Hat.

 * Provide a platform for acting as a node in an OpenStack rack.
 * Provide a platform and simple setup for certain infrastructure
services, e.g.
   * FreeIPA Domain Controller
   * BIND DNS
   * DHCP
   * Database server (both free and commercial).
 * Provide simple setup of a file-server (on par with Windows).
 * Platform for deploying web applications with high-value frameworks.
   * Ruby on Rails
   * Django
   * Turbogears
   * Node.js
 * Make Fedora the best platform to deploy JBoss applications.
 * Come up with standardized mechanisms for centralized monitoring
 * Come up with standardized mechanisms for centralized configuration
and management
 * Simple enrollment into FreeIPA and Active Directory domains
 * Provide the best platform for secure application deployment
   * Isolation of OS from applications
   * Isolation of applications from each other
   * Isolation of application users from each other
   * Management of application resource consumption
 * Simplify management and deployment.[1]
 * Deliver the world's best leading edge DevOps platform.




== My initial thoughts ==
I am open to counter-arguments, naturally.

[1] Ideally, we want a mid-level Microsoft admin to be able to manage
Fedora without much learning curve.
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