June 13, 2013

Red Hat Discloses RHEL Roadmap (TechTarget)

TechTarget has an interview with Denise Dumas, Red Hat's director of software engineering, about RHEL 6.5 and 7. In it, Dumas outlines some changes coming in those releases, particularly in the areas of storage, networking, in-place upgrades from RHEL 6, and the default desktop:

We think that people who are accustomed to Gnome 2 will use classic mode until they're ready to experiment with modern mode. Classic mode is going to be the default for RHEL 7, and we're in the final stages now. We're tweaking it and having people experiment with it. The last thing we want to do is disrupt our customers' workflows.

I think it's been hard for the Gnome guys, because they really, really love modern mode, because that's where their hearts are. But they've done a great job putting together classic mode for us, and I think it's going to keep people working on RHEL 5, 6 and 7 who don't want to retrain their fingers each time they switch operating systems -- I think classic mode's going to be really helpful for them.

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