Linked by Rahul on Wed 14th Apr 2010 11:54 UTC
Fedora Core The Beta release of Fedora 13 (codename "Goddard") blasts off today, true to its namesake, scientist and liquid-fueled rocketry pioneer Robert Hutchings Goddard. The Fedora 13 Beta release gives an early peek at free and open source technologies that reach new heights of functionality and usability. The Beta milestone is when the Fedora Project encourages users, developers, and administrators of all types to download and try out the release early. While generally the Beta is reasonably stable, this is the time for users to exercise their favorite parts of the system and report any lingering bugs before the final release.
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RE[2]: What's the point?
by farfromhome on Wed 14th Apr 2010 23:17 UTC in reply to "RE: What's the point?"
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AFAIK, the only reason that Fedora isn't on the FSF-approved list is because of some non-Free firmware in the kernel. If you don't have the hardware that uses it, you are running 100% Free software unless you go to the trouble of adding the non-Free section of RPMFusion or some other random repository. Keep up the great work on that front!

That said, where I agree with the grandparent post is that Fedora is trying a bit hard for Aunt Tilly now, or perhaps more likely Server-Room Steve. There was talk in the IRC channels and especially the mailing lists about slowing down, or even stopping the rate of updates in the released versions other than pure security fixes. Which means being out-of-date for most of the life of the distro, just like Ubuntu.

The only other major cutting-edge distros I know of are Gentoo and Arch, and the former is too much of a pain, while the latter leans a bit too much towards the simplistic, and has too small repositories (minus the AUR, which leads back to Gentoo's problem...). So if Fedora slows down too much, then there will be no more major distros left that are truly cutting-edge, yet a pleasure to use.

Please keep up Fedora's bleeding-edge focus, and don't cater to the stability-seekers that could just as easily use one of the many stability-focused distros!

(Alternatively, Fedora could make a strong effort to make Rawhide usable on a day-to-day basis without slowing its rate of progress down, but I suspect that would be tougher than just maintaining the rate of updates on the two supported released versions.)

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