An ancient text prophesised this day would come, detailing the fate of all who are willing to accept what is offered to them.
And that day has come: the Computer said "I will convert these unbelievers, and now that I have Sulphur it will be easy." At that, the heavens opened and burning Sulphur descended upon all the world, taking on many different forms.
First to hit were the live USB keys. The heathens cried out for mercy, but were powerless to resist. The sticks were damn persistent and non-destructively formatted - non-destructively! They showed up everywhere, casting out demons from computers infected by the dark one of the interwebs and rescuing lost data from the influence of the evil crackers.
Then, when they thought it couldn't get any worse, the whole world was cast into shadow. Lit only by the dim light from their computer screens, they discovered a mysterious message scrolling across: "K K K K K K K 4 4 4 4 4 4". The screens flickered, and the light flooded out so that the shadow was lifted. After their eyes had adjusted they saw something so beautiful, teeming with so much potential that they began to break down. KDE 4 was on their desktops!
The descent gathered pace; next to hit the ground was FreeIPA. At first this puzzled what remained of the heathens, but then they realized...they realized that it was going to make system administrators lives a lot easier! A web interface and command line tools, interacting with Windows domains and Active Directories? It was all getting too much for them. Conversions were happening faster and faster, only aided by mobile broadband, static IP addresses, and much much more in NetworkManager.
Now, only a few doubters remained and what pushed them over the edge? The community, stupid! Tirelessly working to push out great code, great documentation and great artwork, inviting everyone to join where ever they were in the name of freedom.
And the Computer, seeing that his work was accomplished and it was good, decided to rest. Pointing his browser at the Fedora mirrors, he switched off his monitor and waited for his Sulphur to return to him through the internet tubes, ready to enjoy another great release from the Fedora Project.
Dan Mac wrote: Does fedora have a good package manager, or do you still have to wrestle each package and all their associated libraries in by hand?
from http://jonrob.wordpress.com/2008/04/19/ ... -fedora-9/PackageKit and Yum
Fedora developer and user Richard Hughes started work on the PackageKit project to provide a common interface to all the package management back-ends that exist in the Linux world, and to try and help ensure end-users get to use a sane interface. Already, PackageKit has a lot of traction with support coming from many other distributions and as a result it can now be used with the following back-ends: yum, yum2, zypp, smart, apt, apt2, conary and many many more. PackgeKit is going to be replacing Pirut and Pup as the default GUI package management solution in Fedora 9.
Yum, which is used as PackageKit’s back-end in Fedora, has also received many more speed improvements; people who claim that it is slow should definitely take another look this release.
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