Russian Fedora Remix

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Russian Fedora Remix Project
Official logo of the RFRemix
Developer Russian Fedora Project
OS family Unix-like
Working state Current
Source model Open source
Initial release 2008-11-20
Latest release 23 / 3 November 2015 (2015-11-03)[1]
Update method DNF (PackageKit)
Package manager RPM Package Manager
Platforms x86, x86-64
Kernel type Monolithic
Default user interface GNOME
License Free software licenses
(mainly GPL)
Official website russianfedora.pro

Russian Fedora Remix is a remix of the Fedora Linux distribution adapted for Russia. However, it is neither a copy of the original Fedora nor a new GNU/Linux distribution.[2] The project aims to ensure that Fedora fully satisfies the needs of Russian users with many additional features provided out of the box (e.g., specific software packages, pre-installed drivers for popular graphics processors, manuals in Russian).

History[edit]

The project was originally established by Arkady "Tigro" Shain under the name of Tedora.[3] The main inspiration for this was Fedora 9 being very inconvenient for Russian users with the bug impeding the successful installation in case the packages were customized.[4][5]

The project's official status was announced at the conference held in MEPhI on 20 November 2008.[6] That dayTedora merged into the newly established Russian Fedora founded by Fedora Project, Red Hat, VDEL and VNIINS.[7] The latter is now the project's technological center.

Starting with the 11th version the name of the project has been changed to Russian Fedora Remix to comply with the Fedora's regulations regarding the usage of the trademark.[8]

The project's logo was established on 10 March 2010.[9]

Releases[edit]

Release Date Status
Tedora 9 final release July 1, 2008 released
Tedora 9.1 release September 30, 2008 released
Russian Fedora 10 final release November 25, 2008 released
Russian Fedora 10.1 release February 24, 2009 released
Russian Fedora 10.2 release May 14, 2009 released
Russian Fedora Remix 11 final release June 9, 2009 released
Russian Fedora Remix 12 final release November 17, 2009 released
Russian Fedora Remix 13 final release May 25, 2010 released

New versions are planned to be released simultaneously with Fedora ones.

Tedora 9[edit]

The following are the general differences from Fedora 9:[10]

  • The first release of Fedora 9 contained the bug which impeded the successful installation in the Russian language if the packages were customized.[5] This problem was due to the error in the Russian translation of the Fedora installer Anaconda. The error also occurred during the installation in the text mode after the packages had been selected. Both bugs were fixed in Tedora.
  • SELinux was disabled by default.
  • The support for ReiserFS, ext4 and jfs was introduced.
  • Tedora was distributed with the patched loader Grub to allow booting the system installed on ext4.
  • The installation disk included GNOME Desktop Environment, K Desktop Environment, XFCE Desktop Environment and IceWM Window Manager.
  • The repositories Fedora Updates, Livna, Tigro and Tigro Non-Free were used.
  • During the network installation the Tedora repository should have been used instead of the Fedora repository in order to receive the packages. This was due to the changed name of the distribution. For other repositories the tick in the package selection window was sufficient.
  • The font loader was added to the file /etc/rc.sysinit which solved the problem with the incorrect rendering of the starting phrase "udev".
  • Only European languages were included on the installation disk.
  • The keyboard layout "English (US)" is default for the Russian and Ukrainian versions. This allowed the easy creation of a new user profile during the first start of the system.
  • The packages could be installed directly from the installation DVD.
  • The keys of the Livna and Tigro repositories were automatically imported to PackageKit during the installation.
  • There were many programs in Tedora which were not included on the original Fedora DVD. Some notable ones are: XFCE desktop environment; window managers IceWM and Fluxbox; full support of mp3, DVD, DivX and other US-problematic codecs; Flash-plugin which worked "out of the box" even under x86-64; Opera browser; VLC player; Compiz Fusion and Nvidia drivers.
  • In Tedora all fonts were rendered as they should. Some additional TrueType fonts were also added.

Russian Fedora 10[edit]

Russian Fedora 10 was released on 25 November 2008. The following are the main differences from Fedora 10:[11][12]

  • Support of all popular audio and video codecs. Many proprietary video card drivers were also supported.
  • XFCE, LXDE and IceWM were available from the installation medium.
  • SELinux was set to the Permissive mode by default.
  • RPM Fusion and Tigro repositories were used by default.
  • Different base installation modes were added: GNOME Desktop, KDE Desktop, XFCE Desktop, etc..
  • Package installation from the medium.
  • KDM was used instead of GDM in case of KDE being the only installed desktop environment.

Russian Fedora 10.1[edit]

Russian Fedora 10.1 was released on 24 February 2009.[13] Improvements:

  • Problems when switching the keyboard layout were fixed. Layout indicators were added to GNOME and KDE.
  • PackageKit allowed to install/uninstall programs from the installation disk without the internet access.
  • Folders were opened in the same window in Nautilus.
  • Accelerators of the GNOME Terminal menu were disabled.
  • The Tigro repository had been completely replaced with the Russian Fedora repository.
  • System installation bugs were fixed.

Russian Fedora 10.2[edit]

Russian Fedora 10.2 was released on 14 May 2009.[14] The differences from the previous release are updated software and bug fixes.

Russian Fedora Remix 11[edit]

Russian Fedora Remix 11 was released on the same day as Fedora 11:[15] June 9, 2009. The distribution was available on various media: installation DVD, LiveCD (KDE, GNOME or Xfce) and LiveDVD (KDE, GNOME, Xfce and LXDE). Two architectures were supported: i586 and x86-64.

Differences from Fedora 11:

  • The installation DVD contained only languages used in Europe and the Post-Soviet states.
  • Many keyboard layout switching improvements.
  • Multimedia codecs, network adapter drivers and NVidia graphic card drivers were added.

Russian Fedora Remix 12[edit]

Russian Fedora Remix 12 was released on 17 November 2009. As a result of the adoption of the new compression algorithm (XZ, the new LZMA format) the installation DVD contained more packages compared to previous versions. All languages of the original Fedora were included on this DVD.

Russian Fedora Remix 13[edit]

The release of RFRemix 13 came out on 25 May 2010.[16]

Apart from the usual set of changes like added multimedia codecs or additional desktop environments, RFRemix 13 has introduced the following features into Fedora 13 (only notable ones are listed):

  • Firstboot contains the special screen for changing some system preferences, for example, disabling IPv6, enabling ctrl+alt+backspace, choosing the login manager, and others.
  • The feature of setting up different key combinations for switching the keyboard layout for the Russian language.
  • Usage of Firefox 3.6.4 pre build4 which is believed to work stabler than 3.6.4 release.
  • SELinux is set to the Enforcing mode by default.
  • Updated Russian Fedora logos.

Fedora Remix 20[edit]

This Dec 13, 2013 remix adds applications to the Fedora20 Distributions (32 bit and 64 bit versions). Included are a moderate collection of applications for flash music, application development and more.

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