Bill Nottingham from Red Hat released a new plan for Fedora 7 that summarizes the most important topics. And again, I know exactly why I use Fedora: because Fedora is an evolving distribution dedicated to new technology and to good technology.
For example, the plan lists two topics dedicated to the init system: “10. Boot and shutdown speedup” is all about making the current init system a better place and providing a faster and better experience, while “11. Init system work” is about researching a replacement for init. Also the second topic will not bring any new code into Fedora 7 it will (hopefully) create the basis for a init replacement in Fedora 8. That could be Ubuntu’s upstart, btw.
Also the team plans to port Randr 1.2 back to X.Org 7.2 – that would mean that we get full monitor plug&play in X!
Other targets are a better integration of encrypted file systems, the integration of a real time kernel and “8. Rock Solid Wireless” which means in this case out-of-the-box support for all cards and all methods (WEP and WPA).
For me that is what Fedora is about: providing new technology, introducing this new technology to the Open Source community and showing what is possible. As you can see other distributions normally follow (NetworkManager, AIGLX, SELinux, ..) which is by the way one of the big, big advantages of the distribution model.
But of course there are also Fedora specific topics mentioned in this new plan: we will see different releases of Fedora 7 (Server, Gnome, KDE), the merge of the extras and the core build system to one rule-them-all build system, an improvement of the speed of yum/rpm and various other things.
Looks exciting – and I already look out for Fedora 8 and a possible init replacement – Ubuntu, come on, we need a good example here to convince our developers. Integrate upstart fully into Ubuntu and show that it is worth integrating it into Fedora!