Ruminations on the Digital Realm

Jan Stedehouder

Appreciation: Following the growth of Feisty Fawn

This is the first time as a Linux user that I followed the development of a new distribution release from Alpha to Gold. Feisty Fawn isn’t gold yet, but it is fascinating to see how it matures over the months. I just finished another major upload and I am impressed by the sheer number of updated packages. When you go from final release to final release all those changes are there as well, but you don’t see them as clearly.

Yes, I can be very critical at times about the development of Linux for desktop users and it is easy to point out the flaws in some releases from various distributions. But, and this is a good time for it, it is also necessary to voice appreciation for the continuous hard work being done by scores of volunteer developers, beta-testers and corporate code grunts who make it all possible. When you see a distribution grow like this it offers a glimpse of the amount of hours that make for a quality distribution. Yes, it is a bit of a downer that some features were dropped from Feisty Fawn and I still want to see how CNR will be implemented. But, for now I can only say thank you, thank you, thank you to all the Linux hackers.

And for the rest of us, just try it once to follow your favorite distro along a similar track.

Tags: Ubuntu, Linux

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