Fedora 22 beta status, future of DNF and yum

Fedora is a big project, and it’s hard to keep up with everything. This series highlights interesting happenings in five different areas every week. It isn’t comprehensive news coverage — just quick summaries with links to each. Normally I do five things (hence the name), but with everyone heads-down working on the upcoming F22 release, I just have two short items this week:

F22 Beta pushed back one week

At yesterday’s Go/No-go meeting, engineering, release engineering, and quality assurance decided to push back the Fedora 22 beta release by one week.

Remember, although we strive to keep roughly to the initially-planned schedule (and in particular for this release aimed to stick to changes which are less likely to impact that schedule), we use a strategy which puts high priority on release readiness, and these “slips” are part of that plan, and while further slips are always possible, as of now we are still on schedule for a May final release.

DNF and Yum

You probably know that yum is the command-line tool used to install packages on Fedora.
DNF is a new implementation of basically the same thing, designed to replace the current yum code base. Fedora Engineering Steering Committee (FESCo) member Kevin Fenzi
posted an explanation to the devel mailing list — and a lot of discussion ensued. If you’re interested, take a look at least the initial message for the current plan, and if you are really interested, dig into the followups.

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  1. Brian

    Well, the DNF/Yum discussion was enlightening. I’ve been trying to use dnf exclusively on my own F21 machines and am looking forward to the bugs getting worked out and DNF being the default. Thanks for sharing that!

  2. Will there be an Official USB Drive Writer to make Fedora “keys” on the MAC? Any Fedora related tool that could be MAC friendly is definitely appreciated… 😀

  3. Leslie Satenstein

    I have a weekly ritual where I enter “sudo yum update”. I have been doing it for so many years that my fingers know their sequence, without me concentrating on checking if I typed it right.

    In the GUI world, I use yumex. These two are inseparable. In fact, yumex calls in yum.

    With regard to dnf use. I did make the transition within Fedora Beta RC1. After a few reminders, my fingers were retrained.

    So, because of the power (informational information provided by yumex) we need to be testing a dnfex or similar software that is a fork of yumex. ASAP would be a great idea.

  4. Arnaud Mez

    Well , I’ve been using dnf since Fed20 and found it very useful.
    Yet I appreciate what yum does but one specific thing I’ve found good is the silent mode of dnf and also the speed.

    still dnf call with different way to proceed with updates which represent a bit of struggle at the begining but left I personally like the job achieved by the team.

  5. Greg

    the new YUMEX is now called ( yumex-dnf )

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