The general availability release of Fedora 17 "Beefy Miracle" for ARM hardware is now available.
During today's FESCo meeting, the engineering and steering committee approved a number of new features for Fedora 18, a.k.a. the Spherical Cow.
From time-to-time unique/crazy/odd discussions get born on the Fedora development mailing list -- such as talking nasty about Ubuntu's Unity, trying to make Fedora a rolling-release distribution, etc. The latest discussion that's been very active has been about whether ARM hardware is a dead-end.
Proper and extensive benchmarks of Fedora 17 against Ubuntu 12.04 LTS are forthcoming, but here's a preview of some results.
It's possible to optimize the Fedora 17 boot process to boot the system in less than three seconds. One developer went from a boot time of 15 seconds down to just 2.5 seconds.
As expected, Fedora 17 was officially released today.
Fedora 17, the Beefy Miracle, will be released today.
With Fedora 17 having the codename of the Beefy Miracle, this week at LinuxTag in Berlin they're luring in new users with hot dogs. Meanwhile, the German-based openSUSE project continues to attract new followers with their beer.
While Fedora 17 should be released next week, the ARM version is lagging behind and has just reached its own beta milestone.
At the FESCo meeting on Monday, aside from Fedora reaffirmining their commitment towards the GCC compiler, the FESCo members also approved some new features for Fedora 18. One of the approved features has already sparked the grievance of Lennart Poettering.
While FreeBSD 10 is preparing to fully switch to LLVM's Clang compiler and deprecate GCC, don't expect such a compiler change to happen in the Fedora camp in the foreseeable future. Fedora engineers have issued a statement reaffirming their commitment to GCC and stance on "alternative compilers" within this Red Hat distribution.
While Ubuntu developers were listening to Mark Shuttleworth talk about Ubuntu 12.10, also happening at the same time was a Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee meeting within the Fedora / Red Hat world. A new set of features were approved today for the Spherical Cow.
Going up against Ubuntu 12.10's Quantal Quetzal will be Fedora 18, which is being developed under the codename of Spherical Cow.
After Red Hat Legal caused a delay in the Fedora 18 code-naming process, the list of possible code-names for this "Beefy Miracle" successor have been narrowed down to eight. As expected by now, all of the names are quite peculiar and the Fedora board is trying to decide whether to even continue this code-naming process.
The Beefy Miracle, a.k.a. Fedora 17, had its delayed beta release this morning.
Another go/no-go meeting was held today within Red Hat's Fedora camp and they have decided to push back the beta release of the Fedora 17 "Beefy Miracle" by another week, which is now pushing back all other F17 milestone targets by an additional week, including the final release.
Fedora 18 will look to use tmpfs for its /tmp directory, after the feature proposal was approved today by the Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee.
If you have a few minutes to spare today, the Fedora developers have organized a test day where they're looking for users with either no Linux graphics driver support (or just troubled drivers) to try their systems with a new spin of Fedora 17 that's taking advantage of Gallium3D LLVMpipe-powered software rendering for the GNOME Shell.
While Ubuntu support for ARM hardware is in great shape with Canonical investing significantly in the rapidly-growing ARM-based mobile market and the to-be-growing ARM server-space, plus other Linux distributions taking on ARM, official support for Fedora on ARM hasn't been quick to come by. In fact, Fedora developers still remain unconvinced about taking on ARM as a primary architecture.
Following Mozilla's decision this week to support H.264 via system codecs in Firefox, it's been brought up within the Fedora camp whether H.264 support will finally be instated. To no surprise, don't be holding your breath waiting on H.264 within the Fedora repository.
There's still two months prior to the official Fedora 17 release -- Fedora 17 Beta isn't even out yet -- but besides coming up with a new codename, we have our first technical glimpse at new features to Fedora 18, which will be released by Red Hat and the community in Q4'2012.
There's two months until Fedora 17, which is codenamed the Beefy Miracle, is officially released. However, already getting underway is the codename proposal period for Fedora 18. What will succeed the Beefy Miracle?
The Fedora Project is seeking your help to improve the GNOME Shell and its extensions.
There's new Fedora-hosted work going on: Project Lumberjack. This initiative is about improving system logging on Linux.
Fedora 17, which is codenamed the Beefy Miracle, is now up to its alpha milestone with many new features for this exciting Red Hat sponsored release.
The Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee has clarified their stance on how the Fedora Project should view software forks. In particular, forks with much talk these like the Cinnamon and Mate desktop environments.
For those wanting to see another polarized discussion taking place within the Fedora camp, similar to the Fedora rolling-release discussion, drop by the mailing list.
The Fedora / Red Hat developers working on the Beefy Miracle are tentatively moving ahead with their plan to use Btrfs as the default Linux file-system for Fedora 17 and beyond.
Along with the discussion around a rolling-release version of Fedora Linux, having been discussed recently has been the possibility of providing Ubuntu's Unity desktop as an alternative desktop environment for Fedora. This is obviously a topic that gets some riled up.
While Fedora 17 has a massive amount of features to look forward to, updates to Compiz is likely not on the agenda. In the coming days, Compiz and its related packages for this compositing window manager are likely to be removed from the Fedora 17 package-list.
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