"Looking back, Frields suggests that the effort would not be
possible except with free software.
""You can see that there's a really compelling story for the IT
world here about what free and open source software can
accomplish," he says. Still, the situation has affected the release
schedule by requiring some high-level decisions. Discussions are
still ongoing, but it now appears that Fedora 11, which is likely
to be the basis for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0, will also be a
month late, but that the less important Fedora 12 may have only a
five-month development period to bring the release schedule back
"In addition, as the result of the security crisis, Fedora now
plans to issue new encrypted authentication keys for all its
repositories with each release as a general precaution. "Even
though we're confident that we dodged that bullet," Frields says,
speaking of the security crisis, "We want to make sure that we
dodged it by a continent rather than by the next town over.""