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Fedora Splits and Goes Faster

Feb 23, 2010, 18:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

"Red Hat's community Linux has undergone a major development change shift with its bleeding edge now becoming its own branch. A look at what the move means and why it matters.

"The bleeding edge of Red Hat's Fedora Linux community has long been the branch of Fedora code known as Rawhide. New contributions land in Rawhide first, marking the tip of new Linux development for Fedora, though activity there slows down during Fedora release cycles.

"As a result of a new move taken by Fedora developers this month, however, Rawhide is evolving to ensure that even when new Fedora releases are coming, the bleeding edge of Linux development won't grind to a halt.

"The change could mean that Fedora development will now be accelerated, with work continuing for the next major milestone, Fedora 13, while development on what will become Fedora 14 now occurring simultaneously in Rawhide. Fedora 13 is currently scheduled for a May 11 release. ""In the past, as we got into the testing phases for a release such as Alpha or Beta, Rawhide would be representative of that pre-release state," Fedora Project Leader Paul Frields told InternetNews.com. "In theory, fewer changes would be allowed into Rawhide the closer we get to release."

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