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5 Operating Systems Making Big Waves This Week

Oct 05, 2010, 22:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Rubens)

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"3. Fedora Shows Oracle How Open Source Community Development Works

"Fedora 14 "Laughlin" beta was released last week, introducing Red Hat's SPICE virtual desktop infrastructure, ipmiutil -- which adds features including Serial-over-LAN and identity LED management, and a preview of systemd, a replacement for SysVinit that acts as a system and session manager and that will ultimately allow faster boot times.

"What's significant is that it shows Red Hat's development model in action -- Fedora is a community-developed open source distribution of Red Hat Linux, which includes leading edge stuff that gets tried and tested before -- possibly -- ending up in the officially supported enterprise version of Red Hat.

"It's a model that's proved successful for Red Hat, and one that worked for Solaris -- until a few weeks ago, when Oracle pulled the plug on the community that developed OpenSolaris."

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