Fedora 25 Beta Ready, HandyLinux Pas Parle Anglais

by Ostatic Staff - Oct. 12, 2016

Fedora 25 Beta was released today for early testers bringing Wayland by default and new server SELinux troubleshooter. Phoronix is already looking ahead to Fedora 26. Elsewhere, HandyLinux has decided to drop its English support and Bruce Byfield asked if Linux has lost the Unix philosophy.

Fedora 25 Beta was announced earlier today in Workstation and Server editions as well as various spins. This release features GNOME 3.22, Wayland as default, improved Flatpak support, and Fedora Media Writer as default download. If GNOME isn't your thing, there are spins featuring KDE Plasma, Xfce, LXDE, MATE, Cinnamon, and Sugar. Other packages include Firefox 49.0, LibreOffice 5.2.2, Linux 4.8.0, systemd 231, with GCC 6.2.1. Xorg X Server 1.18.4 is provided for NVIDIA hardware. If all goes well Fedora 25 is to be released November 11, 2016.

Michael Larabel today posted of some of the features planned for Fedora 26. He said PHP 7.1, BIND 9.11, OpenSSL 1.1, DNF 2.0, and Python 3.6 are slated for that release. The build system will undergo a mass rebuild in February 2017 with the Alpha scheduled for March 14. The Beta is expected May 9 with the Final planned for June 6, 2017.

HandyLinux decided last summer to drop its English translations of its distribution due to a lack of translators. They'd tried to scrounge up volunteers, but alas, to no avail. The project stated they will stop producing the English ISOs to focus solely on their French version. Current English users are encouraged to upgrade to Debian with handy2debian or soldier on with their current system until May 2018 when support ceases. Shubham Kunte said this is "sad news" for English-only speakers.

Bruce Byfield today asked, "Has Linux lost the Unix Philosophy?" He explained that in some ways yes, in others no. He said some still abide by the everything is a file with the plain text configuration files. But contrary examples include GRUB 2 not allowing manual editing, systemd using binary logs, and KDE's Akonadi database. Very few still abide by the Do one thing and do it well, in fact, that "idea has been largely abandoned." He concluded that by weakening the Unix Philosophy tenets "Linux may have not only abandoned its roots, but, perhaps, some of its excellence as well."