In an open letter distributed to the Fedora community earlier this week, Red Hat employee and Fedora project leader Max Spevack states that Red Hat is no longer interested in establishing an autonomous, nonprofit foundation to manage the Fedora project. Instead, Red Hat will revive the Fedora Project Board, which will include five Red Hat representatives, four members of the Fedora community, and a chairman appointed by Red Hat who will possess veto power.
Red Hat says it all on its website, "Hi, my name is Fedora Core `Bordeaux', and today I am 5. When I turned 4 last year, they got a funny salesman to talk about me like I was a toy. I like toys. But today Teacher said I am a big kid, and I should talk about myself. I can do lots of big kid stuff now, and everyone tells me that I play really well with all the other kids in class, even the ones who are mean like bullies. I always try and share, which is what teacher says is the best thing."
I've been meaning to write about this for some time, but couldn't. Firstly, because I couldn't touch on the subject while I was still employed by Novell. Secondly, because i didn't want to create problems for Novell while it was going through its road bumps a few weeks back.
But I thought now was a good time to talk about the differences I perceive in the two companies, having worked at the one and talked extensively with the other. In no particular order....
Fedora Core is the offspring of Red Hat of what was previously their Red Hat Linux range. For a history of Red Hat Linux and Fedora Core, you can have a look here. Anyway, Fedora Core 4 is what could have been Red Hat Linux 13 if Red Hat had not decided to turn Red Hat Linux into a community project. This is not a review but just a quick look at the various bits and pieces that interest me. Fedora Core 3 was a disappointment to many because it was slow and did not included many new ground-breaking features.
Red Hat has just announced the new version of Fedora Core, a week after the company said it was creating the Fedora Foundation to run the project.
Fedora Core 4 (FC4) promises the latest and greatest of the free and open source world, including GNOME 2.10 and KDE 3.4.
In addition to a prerelease version of OpenOffice.org 2.0, the full release of which is still months off, FC4 includes the latest Linux kernel (2.6.11), Firefox (1.0.4), Samba (3.0.14a) and Apache (2.0.54).