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NewsForge: Hats Off to Fedora Package Manager

Aug 12, 2003, 23:30 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

"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 K12LTSP.'

"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..."

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