Onto an exciting change for the LiveCD is the ability to install Fedora 7 to a hard drive. With the Fedora 7 Test 1 LiveCD the Fedora installer is accessible by going to Applications > System. The current LiveCD installer is using Anaconda for the back-end installation process. The installation options presented are the same when using the traditional Fedora media for installation, but there are no options for modifying the package selection.
One of the major complaints about the Fedora Desktop and Fedora LiveCD spins is the lack of GCC. The GNU Compiler Collection is such an indispensable tool and it is very disappointing that it is not included with those spins, which has been our only real complaint about Fedora 7 so far. Among the features not yet implemented in F7T1 is KVM support with libvirt and virt-manager along with the open-source NVIDIA Nouveau driver. A great deal of other features have yet to be tackled and the feature freeze is coming up on February 20.
Fedora 7 is scheduled for release at the end of April and there is certainly a great deal of work ahead. Two more test releases are planned for February 27 and March 27. More information on Fedora 7 Test 1 will be passed along in the Phoronix Forums along with my personal blog at MichaelLarabel.com. If you had missed our earlier article that covered many of the features planned for Fedora 7, it can be read here. We will shortly be delivering further thoughts on the Fedora Desktop 7 Test 1 (6.90) spin.
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