NewsForge: Hats Off to Fedora Package Manager
Aug 12, 2003, 23:30 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)
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"Package management--the way we install and maintain
applications--is a problem for many Linux users. One of the
projects working on the problem is Fedora, a project that wants to
be recognized as 'the Debian of Red Hat.'
"Fedora began life as an independent study project for Warren
Togami, a senior majoring in computer science at the University of
Hawaii who has been involved with Linux since his high school days.
He is one of the founding members of the Hawaii Open Source
Education Foundation, which he said 'does community outreach, free
seminars, and helps public/private schools with Linux services and
"When I asked Togami what his motivation was for starting
Fedora, he explained that last year he had been using the FreshRPMS
repository with apt and thought it would be a good idea to expand
it. He asked Matthias Saou of FreshRPMS if he would like to join
with other developers to grow the number of packages offered. Saou
wasn't interested. Togami then 'posted a proposal to the FreshRPMS
list proposing a Debian-like community of volunteer packagers
creating a large repository of add-on and enhancement packages for
Red Hat Linux.' Fedora is the result..."