1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking Benchmarking Platform
Phoromatic Test Orchestration

Fedora 12 Beta To Come Next Week

Michael Larabel

Published on 14 October 2009
Written by Michael Larabel
Page 1 of 1 - 10 Comments

There has not been a new development release of Fedora 12 since the Constantine Alpha release back in August. However, the second and last development release, Fedora 12 Beta, is set to be released next week. It has been delayed a few times already, but Fedora 12 Beta packs all of the features that are to be found in Fedora 12 with the final development freeze already in effect. Here is an early look at where the Fedora 12 Beta is at in regards to its artwork and feature set.

Much of the new work in Fedora 12 pertains to KVM and improving this virutalization option, which Red Hat is strongly backing and will be a big part of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6. Fedora 12's KVM support brings huge-page backed memory, NIC hot-plugging support, improved qcow2 image performance, a stable guest ABI, virtual network interface management, VM storage management, support for KVM to share identical memory pages, and virtualization privileges/security tightening.

For those not running Fedora 12 in a virtualized environment but on the hardware itself, Constantine brings better web-camera support, DisplayPort support for Intel hardware, and there are more mobile broadband improvements within NetworkManager. Some of the mobile broadband improvements in NetworkManager include the ability to show the signal strength for the cellular connection, and network scanning for GSM. There is also improved power management and optimizations in this Fedora release. Additionally, the 32-bit version of Fedora has changed the base architecture for i686 and there are more modern 32-bit optimizations.

Other new features in Fedora 12 include MDRaid support in Anaconda, Dracut replacing nash/mkinitrd, Empathy replacing Pidgin as the default instant messaging application, GFS2 Clustered Samba support, IPv6 support in NetworkManager, PolicyKit 1.0 integration, Fedora Moblin support, X Input 2.0 integration, and using XZ RPM payloads for the compression format. GNOME 2.28.0 and KDE 4.3.2 are both available through Fedora 12, while lower down on the stack is the Linux 2.6.31 kernel, X Server 1.7.0, Mesa 7.7-devel, and GCC 4.4.1. Fedora 12 is also shipping with the very latest Nouveau code. It's good to see so many of these features being completed in time for Fedora 12.

These screenshots in this article were captured from a 2009-10-13 build of the Fedora 12 desktop LiveCD. We will have more on Fedora 12 Beta next week. The final release of Fedora 12 is expected in mid-November.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
Latest Articles & Reviews
  1. Ubuntu 15.04 Offers Faster OpenGL For AMD Radeon GPUs On Open-Source
  2. Ubuntu 15.04 Brings Some Graphics Performance Improvements For Intel Haswell
  3. Sub-$20 802.11n USB WiFi Adapter That's Linux Friendly
  4. The Lenovo T450s Is Working Beautifully With Linux
  5. Linux 4.0 SSD EXT4 / Btrfs / XFS / F2FS Benchmarks
  6. Linux 4.0 Hard Drive Comparison With Six File-Systems
Latest Linux News
  1. GCC 5.2 Will Come In Two To Three Months
  2. AMD FP3 Motherboard Ported To Coreboot
  3. The Difference In Optimizations Between NIR & GLSL
  4. OpenMandriva Lx 3 Alpha: Adds UEFI Support, Defaults To LXQt
  5. Systemd Kills Off Shutdownd
  6. There's Now More Than 1,100 Games On Steam For Linux
  7. Btrfs In Linux 4.1 Has Fixes For File-Systems Of 20 Terabytes & Up
  8. Microsoft's CoreCLR Now Works On FreeBSD
  9. Unigine 2.0 Beta 2 Brings PBR, SSR, Kinect 2 Support
  10. KDBUS Still Hasn't Been Pulled, Might Not Land For Linux 4.1
Most Viewed News This Week
  1. AMD Releases New "AMDGPU" Linux Kernel Driver & Mesa Support
  2. Ubuntu's Desktop-Next Switching From .DEBs To Snappy
  3. My Favorite Computer Desk Of The Past Decade For Less Than $100
  4. EXT4 In Linux 4.1 Adds File-System Level Encryption
  5. AMD Open-Sources "Addrlib" From Catalyst
  6. Library Operating System (LibOS) For Linux Still Being Pursued
  7. Debian 8.0 Jessie Is Ready For Release This Weekend
  8. Linux-Powered Endless Computer Raises $100k+ In A Few Days