This is good news: Mozilla will be working more closely with various Linux distributors including Red Hat, Novell, Ubuntu, and yes, even Debian, to coordinate Firefox updates, configuration, etc.

There are two main issues: making Mozilla’s Firefox installer work everywhere (it mostly does, but on some systems you need to install some compatibility libraries first), and keeping the distributions’ versions in sync with the official one.

After the Debian IceWeasel debacle, and Fedora deciding to skip Firefox 2 and wait for Firefox 3, it’s good to know that Mozilla has recognized the problem and is working on it. One key piece of information: Red Hat and Novell will both be providing extended support for Firefox 1.5 past its official EOL next April.

(via Fedora Weekly News)

Graph (original at Netcraft)Netcraft’s ongoing web server survey has found Fedora Core usage growing 122% over the past 6 months, nearly three times the growth rate of any other Linux distribution they surveyed. (Gentoo was second with 45% growth). In absolute numbers, Red Hat remains #1 with Debian as #2. Red Hat itself is dropping slowly, having lost 1.2%. I would assume that those are switching to a mix of Fedora Core, Debian, SuSE and RHEL clones like CentOS or White Box Linux. There’s a nice graph in the article that shows the trend more clearly.

And that’s just web servers.

Tell me again how everyone’s abandoning Fedora Core in the wake of the Red Hat/Fedora split?

I just got a notice of a security fix for the version of Ethereal included in Fedora Core 1, and it suddenly hit me:

I don’t have any computers running Fedora 1 anymore! I’ve moved all my desktops up to Fedora Core 2, and all the Linux servers I manage are still running Red Hat 7.3 or 9 with unofficial updates.

No wonder the fast release plan didn’t bug me much!

(As I wrote this, the notice for the Fedora 2 update came across, but seeing just the one did give me a bit of a start when I realized it didn’t apply.)