I'm psyched about using the new FC4 distribution. It's easier than ever to get started with Java on a fresh install since some of the new package groups are Java Development which includes 122 Java utilites, Eclipse version 3.1M7 (to which I promptly installed CFEclipse 1.1.17 release), and Tomcat 5.

Lots of other fun stuff is included, too, including Open Office 2.0 (Beta) and a new desktop theme called Clearlooks, replacing the old Bluecurve theme.

I mentioned in an earlier post today that I did a kind of semi-destructive install/quasi-upgrade. That means that when I installed FC3 last fall sometime I installed some of the directories as separate partitions including /home, /opt, and /usr/local. Then I can install FC4 while choosing to reformat the / root partition and install all the new stuff there. This leaves my custom partitions alone so the data is preserved. You have to choose the Manual Disk Druid partition configuration during the installation to get this degree of control though.

Check out what Fedora Core 4 Linux has to offer in this new Red Hat Magazine article:

Meet Fedora Core 4


And here's a brief look at some of the packages installed and the Java version included. I recall reading in SDTimes that Apache is starting a JDK project called Harmony so that Apache Foundation software can ship their own JVM without encountering licensing issues with Sun. I don't know if the JVM in FC4 is destined to be Harmony, but it is licensed by the FSF.

[root@Leonid ~]# rpm -qa | grep eclipse
eclipse-jdt-3.1.0_fc-0.M6.22
eclipse-changelog-2.0.1_fc-21
eclipse-platform-3.1.0_fc-0.M6.22
eclipse-ecj-3.1.0_fc-0.M6.22
eclipse-pydev-0.9.3_fc-7
[root@Leonid ~]# rpm -qa | grep tomcat
tomcat5-servlet-2.4-api-5.0.30-5jpp_6fc
tomcat5-jasper-5.0.30-5jpp_6fc
tomcat5-5.0.30-5jpp_6fc
tomcat5-admin-webapps-5.0.30-5jpp_6fc
tomcat5-webapps-5.0.30-5jpp_6fc
[root@Leonid ~]# which java
/usr/bin/java
[root@Leonid ~]# java -version
java version "1.4.2"
gij (GNU libgcj) version 4.0.0 20050519 (Red Hat 4.0.0-8)

Copyright (C) 2005 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This is free software; see the source for copying conditions. There is NO
warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
[root@Leonid ~]#