September 12th, 2007


barnes and noble

I was wandering through Barnes & Noble a few minutes ago. I stopped in the computer section and flipped through the 3 different books they had with "Fedora 7" in the title.

All those Linux books (about whatever distro) tend to share a lot of material (just like all the distros do), but I was pretty happy with the Fedora-specific text that was in the three books.

Jesse Keating and Paul Frields were both mentioned in acknowledgement sections. A pat on the back to both of them -- it's probably pretty cool to be able to walk into a bookstore, pick something off the shelf, and see your name in it.

Also some big kudos to all the dedicated folks on the Fedora Marketing email list and the Fedora Advisory Board, both of which were also credited in one of the acknowledgements sections.

And obviously, thank you to the authors and publishers.

some congrats, and some criticism

Congratulations to CentOS for winning a Bossie award as the best server operating system. It's great to see a distribution that is part of the Red Hat family get some recognition.

However, I do want to take exception to part of the larger article that InfoWorld wrote:

We don’t have any firsthand knowledge of Red Hat’s feelings toward CentOS, but we’d wager it's not happy about it. Well, live by the sword, die by the same.

The Fedora Project has no problem at all with CentOS. Fedora and CentOS share some contributors and volunteers. Furthermore, it's well-accepted that CentOS fills a critical niche -- it is a great option for the folks who want a distro that is part of the Red Hat family, but that has a longer lifecycle than Fedora and is also zero-cost. If you do not require support and only want to install your system once every seven years, CentOS is worth trying out.

The Fedora Project is on the record as saying that CentOS is great.

Riddle me this, though. Why didn't Red Hat Enterprise Linux receive the award? CentOS is just a rebuild of the source RPMs that Red Hat makes freely available. You'd think you'd give an award like that as far upstream as possible.

EDIT -- After reading smooge and mattdm's comments -- I don't intend for that last paragraph to trivialize the work that CentOS requires. I was trying to use one post to both compliment CentOS and remind folks that RHEL is the upstream for CentOS. This could have been more well written.