You can read the full release announcement here, but that’s not what this post is about, really.
One of the things I truly, ahem, relish about our community is our ability to play well with others. And I think we’re doing an exceptional job of that lately. It’s easy to look at a list of features and say, “Woo! We haz something,” but looking at the ties and bonds we are making from the Fedora Project to other communities is what’s really impressive. When you look at things like having JBoss AS7 in F17, or having the newest version of OpenStack in F17, it’s not just “in” — it’s really apparent that we’re not just packaging something up, but we’re building bridges between communities. People who have never been exposed to Fedora before may take their first proverbial bite, so to speak, because of their participation in these other communities; conversely, people who have never used JBoss AS7, or any of the other of the number of projects that you see in F17, may finally give it a try, simply because it’s available, and it works. It’s mutually beneficial, and, well, it’s just rockin’.
And for that, and for so many other things: I thank you all, for being stellar community superstars, for being amazing friends, for embracing others with open arms, for scratching that itch and reaching out to other communities, and for staying up all night (multiple times), and showing the world what the open source way is truly about.
In conclusion: I promise that no corn was harmed in the making of this blog post, despite apparent corniness levels. Corn can be used for corn dogs, who are relatives to the Beefy Miracle. And we wouldn’t want that.
Go out. Download Fedora 17. Enjoy this release. Lots of mustard — and you know that that means progress. 🙂