Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Cyberpizza Hawaii

Last night, Warren Togami and I gave a presentation about Fedora 9 at the Cyberpizza Hawaii.  We discussed a lot of the new features of Fedora 9.  I gave information about some of the installer improvements we've made and we also talked a lot about the LiveUSB with persistence and the LiveUSB Creator for Windows.  The presentation went over well and the group seemed pretty interested in the LiveUSB capability.  We had a number of 2GB USB jumpdrives preloaded with Fedora 9 as giveaways.

It's still surprising to me that in 2008, Linux is still really new to a lot of people.  When you've been working with Linux for over 10 years, you tend to forget that there are still people who have only heard about it.  Maybe they were given a really old CD of a release from many many years ago and they "have been meaning to try it out."  The LiveUSB method with Fedora makes that a little more accessible.  In Fedora world, it's impossible to wait to try a release.  You can't get an installable CD and shelve it for a year and then try it out.  By then, we've made two more releases.  It just moves so fast.  So we need a fast way for people to try it out.  The LiveUSB method is great for that.

I leave in a week and will eventually make it to Boston for the Red Hat Summit and FUDCon.  I am speaking at the Summit about installation in large enterprise environments.  More on that in another post.

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