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Building Linux Distributions That Aren't Boring [VIDEO]

By Sean Michael Kerner (Send Email)
Posted September 12, 2014


Has Linux become boring? That's a question that Fedora Project Leader Matthew Miller is provocatively asking as he navigates a path forward for Linux.

Miller became the Fedora Project Leader in June of this year and is currently overseeing one of the biggest transitions in the project's history. In a video interview with ServerWatch, Fedora ProjectMiller explains how the Linux distribution building process has evolved over the years to its current state and what's coming next.

"What distros do traditionally is a very sysadmin-friendly thing," Miller said. "There is all this open-source software that is out in the world, and it exists in a messy way."

Linux distribution take applications and package them up into a complete operating system release. Over time, ensuring that an application was packaged inside of a distribution became increasingly important as a way to make sure that users could take advantage of the technology.

Over the past decade things have changed and the volume of applications that are available outside of Linux distribution have grown at an exponential rate.

"Open-source applications are caring more about users directly," Miller said. "So users are having a more engaged experience at an application level and the distros are less in the picture."

At the same time, the rules to get an application into the Fedora Linux distribution have become increasingly rigid and complex. The challenge and the plan now is to be able to make it easier for applications and the Fedora distribution to work together.

"We're not more or less boring but hopefully we'll be more useful to people, which makes it less boring," Miller said.

Watch the full video interview with Matthew Miller below:

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at ServerWatch and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

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