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    Phoronix: Fedora 9 Alpha Preview

    On this Super Tuesday here in the United States, Red Hat has this morning released the first and only alpha release for Fedora 9. This ninth Fedora release, which has been codenamed Sulphur, will ship in April and go head-to-head against Ubuntu 8.04 LTS "Hardy Heron", but what features can one expect in this forthcoming release? Among the features being worked on are encrypted file-system support, updating the KDE spin to KDE 4.0, PackageKit integration, and switching to upstart initialization. In this article, we are taking a brief look at Fedora 9 Alpha and the features planned for Fedora 9.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=11804

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    Default and ATI support?

    Quote Originally Posted by phoronix View Post
    Phoronix: Fedora 9 Alpha Preview

    On this Super Tuesday here in the United States, Red Hat has this morning released the first and only alpha release for Fedora 9. This ninth Fedora release, which has been codenamed Sulphur, will ship in April and go head-to-head against Ubuntu 8.04 LTS "Hardy Heron", but what features can one expect in this forthcoming release? Among the features being worked on are encrypted file-system support, updating the KDE spin to KDE 4.0, PackageKit integration, and switching to upstart initialization. In this article, we are taking a brief look at Fedora 9 Alpha and the features planned for Fedora 9.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=11804
    Is there open source ATI driver support in this release? I seem to recall Red Hat saying they expected it in F9?

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    Great preview, sounds very interesting. Fedora (Virt-Manager, faster X, etc.) always seems to have the more interesting features if compared to Ubuntu (Restricted Manager, Firefox .deb addons [wtf!?], etc.). Fedora 9 will be shipping with KDE 4.0.3, so it should be stable enough for everyday use, even if it's not too featurerich before KDE 4.1. Sadly, Fedora 9 cannot ship with Kernel 2.6.25, because that one would be too late. Fedora always had one newer Kernel than Ubuntu, but it will update the Kernel soon after the release of 2.6.25. Hopefully ext4 is not the default file system until Fedora 10 at least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by midol View Post
    Is there open source ATI driver support in this release? I seem to recall Red Hat saying they expected it in F9?
    Which one?
    The RadeonHD is already in Fedora 7 and 8 so I guess you will see that one in Fedora 9 too.
    It is currently following the latest git-tree so it might be a bit rough around the edges from time to time, but that is the price you pay to be bleeding edge :-)

    Quote Originally Posted by d2kx View Post
    Fedora (Virt-Manager, faster X, etc.) always seems to have the more interesting features if compared to Ubuntu (Restricted Manager, Firefox .deb addons [wtf!?], etc.).
    Heh, to say the least... Restricted Manager (Policykit) is a Red Hat thingy that has been in Fedora for a while now (If I remember correctly it went in F7) and the latest stuff (Firefox, Network Manager, etc) is all just new stuff that will follow each release.

    For all the new planned stuff for Fedora, take a look at their Feature list (maybe wait a day or two for the storm of alpha downloaders to settle):
    http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/9/FeatureList
    Last edited by confusion; 02-05-2008 at 05:08 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by midol View Post
    Is there open source ATI driver support in this release? I seem to recall Red Hat saying they expected it in F9?
    Yes the new ATi Drivers are in the release. More even than that is a fully open sourced GS690 support so all those AMD 690G mobo's should have a full open source driver. The driver is presently in the rawhide version of fedora and should be in this snapshot.

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    @d2kx, wrong, f9 is going to ship .25. they decided it on fudcon. it is curt, but no risk, no fun...

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