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Thu, 17 Jan 2013

Fedora 18

Fedora 18 has finally been released after being delayed several times. So far my experience is not so bad - upgraded systems mostly work. What are the biggest problems?

Most of them of course are in the rewritten Anaconda/FedUp combo. In my opinion, developers should be explicitly told to not rewrite things from scratch, if there is at least a small possibility of getting to the similar set of features with incremental modifications. The problem is that the previous codebase mostly works, and have lots of working features even for many corner cases. This resembles the infamous gdm-2.20 rewrite. Here is the list of problems I have ran into so far, using F18 on my laptop, on my workstation at work, and on a testing virtual machine:

To sum it up, we are slowly heading to the distribution where find(1) and grep(1) are no longer the sysadmin's friends, and the sysadmin will need to use the specific D-Bus interfaces to talk to the most parts of the system. It is kind of sad.

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