Fedora Project Officially Turns 9 Today


Almost 1 Decade Old, Today

Red Hat’s testing ground and all around number 2 Linux distribution Fedora, turns 9 today.  A post by Fabian Affolter reveals on planet.fedora the historic day in which the project’s homepage was first registered.

Fedora Core 1

 The good ‘ol days…  For many of our readers, the good ‘ol days came far before the year 2003.  For this writer, Fedora Core 1 was the release that made me a full-time Linux user.  Yarrow was released just a couple of months after the Fedora Project’s homepage was registered on November 16th, 2003.

I had been using Linux for fun since 1998, when I picked up a copy of Mandrake 5.1 at the local used books store.  I didn’t spend too much time back in those days of dial-up in dependency hell, but by the time Fedora Core 1 came around I had finally dedicated myself to using an RPM-based distribution full-time.  I spent many hours at websites like freshrpms.net satisfying the needs of the latest and greatest packages I needed.  Also, I gladly fought against XFree86 desperately trying to make it behave with my GeForce 2 MX PCI video card.

I used Fedora Core until Fedora Core 4 when I was finally swayed towards Ubuntu’s fantastic Breezy Badger release.  By the time I started using Fedora Core 4, I was using several great repositories and managing packages with Yum.  Everything worked amicably, but Ubuntu’s superior package selection, and my looming preference towards apt , prompted me to all but abandon Fedora.  Also, Ubuntu didn’t sell itself as an unstable testbed for a commercial offering, which always made me feel more confident about my machine’s stability.

All in all, Fedora’s contributions to the community have been immense over the years and there is is plenty of tribute to be made to Red Hat.  Many of the great technologies that we use in many distributions were born inside of a Red Fedora.

Thank you Fedora and thank you Red Hat!  Happy Birthday!

Source | planet.fedora

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Aside from being a huge Sega fan, Dean is an LPIC certified Linux professional with over a decade experience. In addition to spending his free time burning through the classics from Sega and evangelizing open source, he's also the editor-in-cheif of The Powerbase.