Fedora 9 Release Story

Fedora usually has a wacky little story to go along with each release.  Here’s the one for Fedora 9:

An ancient text prophesised this day would come, detailing the fate of
all who are willing to accept what is offered to them:


And that day has come: the Computer said “I will convert these
unbelievers, and now that I have Sulphur it will be easy.” At that,
the heavens opened and burning Sulphur descended upon all the world,
taking on many different forms.

First to hit were the live USB keys. The heathens cried out for mercy,
but were powerless to resist. The sticks were damn persistent and
non-destructively formatted – non-destructively! They showed up
everywhere, casting out demons from computers infected by the dark one
of the interwebs and rescuing lost data from the influence of the evil

Then, when they thought it couldn’t get any worse, the whole world was
cast into shadow. Lit only by the dim light from their computer
screens, they discovered a mysterious message scrolling across: “K K K
K K K K K 4 4 4 4 4 4”. The screens flickered, and the light flooded
out so that the shadow was lifted. After their eyes had adjusted they
saw something so beautiful, teeming with so much potential that they
began to break down. KDE 4 was on their desktops!

The descent gathered pace; next to hit the ground was FreeIPA. At
first this puzzled what remained of the heathens, but then they
realized…they realized that it was going to make system
administrators lives a lot easier! A web interface and command line
tools, interacting with Windows domains and Active Directories? It was
all getting too much for them. Conversions were happening faster and
faster, only aided by mobile broadband, static IP addresses, and much
much more in NetworkManager.

Now, only a few doubters remained and what pushed them over the edge?
The community, stupid! Tirelessly working to push out great code,
great documentation and great artwork, inviting everyone to join where
ever they were in the name of freedom.


And the Computer, seeing that his work was accomplished and it was
good, decided to rest. Pointing his browser at the Fedora mirrors, he
switched off his monitor and waited for his Sulphur to return to him
through the internet tubes, ready to enjoy another great release from
the Fedora Project.