There was a Fedora
this week to discuss a public roadmap for Fedora 7 and other
Fedora-centric topics. The summit was still in progress at press time.
The meeting was partly face-to-face, with additional people chiming in via
IRC and telephone.
Your editor was not able to attend the summit, so this is based on wiki
pages and IRC logs. First and foremost though, it seems that Fedora Core
packages will move into the community infrastructure currently used for
Fedora Extras. Opening
Core will make it easier for outside contributors and encourage more
community participation. One side effect of that might be a smaller Fedora
base platform. Dare we hope for a single install CD? A new build
system was proposed to support the more open infrastructure.
There was considerable discussion about the role of Fedora Legacy and the
possibility of extending Fedora support from the current ~9 months to about
13 months, so that users could reasonably move from FCn to FCn+2. Fedora
Legacy would disappear, or be reabsorbed into the main Fedora project.
Jesse Keating has some details about this proposal in this blog post.
Suffice to say that this sparked some
discussion on the Fedora Legacy mailing list.
for secondary architectures was proposed. Fedora currently focuses on
x86 and x86_64, but this proposal would support other architectures such as
PPC or Sparc. The proposal comes from Tom Callaway from the Aurora Sparc Project.
Overall, Fedora 7 will likely be a different beast than previous releases.
More like the community oriented distribution that Red Hat promised.
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