Review: Fedora 7

Fedora 7Fedora 7

It’s been a month or so since the release of Fedora 7. I have installed it and run it daily since then. It’s faster, smoother, and flat out the best linux distribution out there. In the past year I have installed and run numerous linux releases and this is hands down the best, in my opinion. Here are a few reviews from around the interweb:

Linux.com Review
Technetra.com Review
itmanagement.earthweb.com Review

The following is my top 5 list of linux distros:

1. Fedora 7
2. Red Hat 5
3. Suse 10
4. Debian 4
5. Ubuntu 7.04

Review: The Cathedral and the Bazaar

by Eric S. Raymond

During my honeymoon I read The Cathedral and the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary by Eric S. Raymond. This is an incredible book. If you love open source software, this is the book for you. It has great stories about the open source movement, linux, Mozilla, hackers, and more. I would consider this a must read for everyone who works in the computer industry. Everyone from code monkeys, to managers, to CIOs to CEOs, should read this book.

Anchuan.Org Call For Developers

Unfortunately development at Anchuan.Org has stalled; therefore I am putting out a call for developers. I would like a small group of enthusiastic developers to help re-energize both the firefly project and Anchuan.Org in general. Please email me at timothy.ferro@gmail.com if you wish to help.

Oracle 11g Announced

Oracle 11g

“Oracle was banging its drum hard today, as it launched version 11g of its eponymous Database product.

The vendor may have spent the last three years hovering up other software vendors, but it managed to squeeze in another 36,000 person months to bring its core database platform up to date.

Oracle claims over 400 new features for its new platform. The grid word pops up a lot in the announcement. Perhaps reflecting the other obsessions of the age, Oracle is also emphasizing features such as Data Guard, which it says will increase return on development for disaster recovery, by allowing customers to use their standby database to improve their production environment.” – Source

Oracle Press Announcement
Oracle 11g Database Homepage

Firefox 3 Beta Delayed

Firefox 3

“Firefox 3.0’s first beta has been delayed at least six weeks, Mozilla Corp. engineers said Sunday, and it now won’t appear until the middle of September.

In a posting to the mozilla.dev.planning group Sunday, Mike Schroepfer, Mozilla’s vice president of engineering, suggested a revamped milestone schedule for Firefox 3.0, the next major update to the popular open-source browser. Among the changes: a postponement of the first beta, slated as recently as last week to debut July 31. It’s not expected until Sept. 18 at the earliest…” – Source

PC World Article
Firefox Schedule

Firefox 3 Alpha 6

Firefox 3

This week Mozilla announced, what is expected to be, the final Alpha release of Firefox 3 Web Browser, Alpha 6. The open source community is expecting a Beta release by the end of July, beginning of August. Wired is expecting the Beta by July 31st but most think that it will be pushed back a little. Here is a brief overview of what’s going on in Alpha 6.

GPLv3

FSF GPLv3Today marks the beginning of a new era in open source. With the release of GPLv3, there is now an up-to-date version of the FSF’s GPL that will cover new open source work. The following are links to the announcement and articles about this event.

FSF.Org – GPLv3
Linux.com – Announcement
Linux.com – GPLv3 submitted to Open Source Initiative for approval