It's been coming along for some time, but today RPM Fusion has officially launched as the premiere third-party RPM repository for Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) users. The Dribble, FreshRPMs, and Livna repositories had merged to form RPM Fusion. Found in this massive third-party repository are RPM packages that can't ship with Fedora or RHEL due to legal restrictions and/or the packages don't comply with free software licenses.
The Fedora 10 Beta was released less than two weeks ago, but Red Hat's Jesse Keating has today announced a new test release. Fedora 10 Snapshot 1 is a package snapshot of the current state of Fedora Rawhide but in Live CD form. Both KDE and GNOME desktop spins are available along with x86 and x86_64 builds. Fedora 10 Snapshot 1 isn't installable though due to bugs with the Red Hat Anaconda installer at this time. The release announcement can be read on fedora-announce. Fedora 10 snapshots are only distributed via Bit Torrent.
Fedora 10 Alpha was delivered in early August and remains the latest development release for this upcoming Cambridge release (aside from those tracking Fedora Rawhide). The next release, Fedora 10 Beta, was previously delayed and was supposed to make it out the door yesterday. However, that didn't happen.
Cambridge was the Red Hat project that went on to form Fedora Core and it was the release name for Fedora Core 1. Now with Fedora 10, Red Hat has gone full-circle and its codename is Cambridge. This codename was voted on by Fedora contributors and among the other contenders were Farnsworth, Nitrate, Saltpetre, Terror, and Whiskey Run.
One of the features that was introduced with Fedora 9 was support for Kernel-based Mode-Setting, which at the time is limited to Intel's X driver. However, later this year with Fedora 10 we will see greater kernel mode-setting adoption with the likely integration of the Nouveau KMS and possible support on the ATI Radeon side. With the greater adoption of kernel-based mode-setting combined with the rewrite of the GDM (GNOME Display Manager), Red Hat is preparing to take better advantage of these latest desktop Linux technologies.
For the Fedora users out there, Red Hat has this morning announced the release of Fedora 9, which has been codenamed Sulphur. Fedora 9 features KDE 4.0, GNOME 2.22, NetworkManager 0.7, PackageKit integration, install-time encryption support through Anaconda, EXT4, OpenOffice.org 2.4, Upstart replacing the /sbin/init daemon, and all of this is backed by the brand-new Linux 2.6.25 kernel. The release notes for Fedora 9 can be read here and the mailing list announcement here.
The first Fedora 9 development release isn't even out yet (Fedora 9 release schedule), but the codename for this upcoming Red Hat release has been announced. Fedora 9 will be called Sulphur, as was announced on the Fedora list. The codename was voted for by Fedora contributors, with other leading contenders being Sulphur, Bathysphere, Chupacabra, and even Mayonnaise. Sulphur had won by just eight votes. The Fedora 9 Alpha release is expected for next Thursday (January 31) while the final release of Fedora 9 "Sulphur" is tentatively planned for April 29, 2008.
While you may have just upgraded to Fedora 8 (Werewolf) planning is already underway for the Fedora 9 release. As Jesse Keating pointed out in a fedora-announce-list message, planning has begun one day after the release of Fedora 8 and there are already 800 new package builds planned. Some of the packages that will most likely appear in Fedora 9 include GNOME 2.22 and X.Org 7.4. In traditional fashion, this next Fedora release should arrive in May of 2008 -- meaning that it will run head-to-head with Ubuntu 8.04 LTS "Hardy Heron". Share your hopes for Fedora 9 in the Phoronix Forums.
There's less than two weeks now until the release of Fedora 8, which has been codenamed Werewolf. However, it's not too early to start thinking about Fedora 9. One of the items that has already been brought up for this next release cycle is a new display utility. While there is the rather basic system-config-display utility from Red Hat, Fedora is currently lacking a graphical tool to change or enable display devices (such as LCDs or TVs) in real-time.
It was just last week we were telling you about IcedTea packages for Ubuntu 7.10, but now for Fedora users IcedTea is available from Fedora Rawhide. Previously IcedTea could be built from source but it depended upon some non-free packages. The IcedTea packages in Rawhide and what will be available for Java in Fedora 8 includes java-1.7.0-icedtea, java-1.7.0-icedtea-devel, java-1.7.0-icedtea-demo, java-1.7.0-icedtea-plugin, and java-1.7.0-icedtea-src. These packages are currently based on OpenJDK b18 and IcedTea 1.3. Also included with these RPM packages is the IcedTea browser plug-in based upon gcjwebplugin.
Rex Dieter has announced that the KDE spin of Fedora 8 will not include KDE 4.0 by default. The KDE 4.0 desktop environment may appear later in the Fedora repository, but it will not ship with Fedora 8. Rex, who is the KDE Red Hat project leader, says KDE 4.0 will be out for Fedora 9. According to the Fedora Project Wiki, KDE 4.0 for Fedora is about 20% complete.
Smolt, the Linux hardware profiler that was introduced by the Fedora project for automatically reporting installed hardware and other system attributes, reached a new milestone last week and is in the process of another. Last week, Smolt reached 75,000 profiles for Fedora after being introduced back in January of this year. At the time of writing, there are now over 78,300 profiles.
Fedora 7 isn't even a day old but there's already preparations beginning for Fedora 8. The release of Fedora 8 is very tentatively planned for October 31, 2008 while the first test release is planned for July 1. According to the Fedora 8 release schedule there will be four test releases (like we saw with Fedora 7). Some of the features for Fedora 8 that were proposed very early include an improved startup experience, Bigboard as an alternative to the GNOME panel, completing Codec Buddy, Network Manager improvements, implementing PolicyKit, and use pulseaudio as the default audio server. The planned Network Manager improvements are for wpa_supplicant over D-Bus, implementing a configuration interface, and support for multiple devices. KDE 4.0 will also hopefully see the light of day in Fedora 8. Planning for a FUDConHack this summer in either Boston or Raleigh is also underway.
Fedora 7 "Moonshine" has been officially released. Continuing in the Fedora tradition, there is a very creative release announcement and this time it's about drinking up Fedora 7 Moonshine. Fedora 7 features a tickless kernel, KVM virtualization, Liberation fonts, and the ability to now mix your own Fedora distribution with ease. You can get Fedora along with looking at our Fedora 7 Prime screenshots with GNOME 2.18. Share your thoughts in the Phoronix Forums.
Yarrow, Tettnang, Heidelberg, Stentz, Bordeaux, and Zod have been names for the Fedora releases up to this point, but what will Fedora 7 be called? On the Fedora Project Wiki is a voting page to vote for the name you would like to see for Fedora 7. The names include Lee, Sherman, Nothing, Cylon, Moonshine, and Siegfried. None of these choices are really appealing, but Fedora 7 "Moonshine" could be good.
Max Spevack has issued a statement on the fedora-announce-list that software updates for Fedora Core 5 is coming to an end. On June 29, 2007, Red Hat will discontinue support for Fedora Core 5. Fedora Core 5 "Bordeaux" will have had a lifespan of 15 months, which is long for the Fedora Project but not nearly as long as the LTS (Long Term Support) releases from Ubuntu. Ubuntu 6.06 Dapper Drake LTS is supported on the desktop for three years (until 2009) and on servers for five years (until 2011). Previously Fedora releases were supported for less than a year. Users of Fedora Core 6 "Zod" will receive updates for about one month after the release of Fedora 8, or the end of 2007.
Today the Fedora Project is trying again at merging Fedora Core and Fedora Extras into a single repository. With that said, the build systems will be offline along with CVS during the merge process starting at 12:00PM EDT. Fedora Core 6 and its Extras packages will not be merged but just the Rawhide development trees. More information on the Core and Extras merge is available in the Fedora Project Wiki.
The 81st edition of Fedora Weekly News is now available from the Fedora Project Wiki. New in this issue is the announcement of Fedora 7 Test 3, new developments for Fedora in this past week, meeting updates, and package updates.
Fedora 7 Test 3 has been released this morning and is available for download from Fedora mirrors. Phoronix coverage of Fedora 7 Test 3 will be available shortly of both Fedora Prime and Fedora Live.
Max Spevack has noted on his blog that the Fedora Project has now received over two million downloads of Fedora Core 6! It was only recent that the one million marker was surpassed, but now it's past two million downloads according to their statistics for Zod. It is also interesting to note that nearly 88% of their downloads were for the x86 version. We suspect an official announcement will be made shortly.
Fedora 7 Test 2 is now available from all official Fedora mirrors! The main Fedora 7 Test 2 spin is now called "Prime", and a LiveCD has also been spun for this release. The release announcement is available on the fedora-announce-list.
While Phoronix posted its screenshots today for Fedora 7 Test 2 today (thanks Pungi!), the official release has been pushed from Tuesday to Thursday. Fedora 7 Test 1 was also delayed, but the reason for this push-back is PPC kernel problems, VNC issues, and determining packages for spins. Let's hope that it gets pushed out the door Thursday and doesn't get delayed into the next week. Jesse Keating's release announcement is available here.
The release of Fedora 7 has now been delayed. This new delay pushes the release of Fedora 7 back nearly a month - from the end of April to now the end of May 2007. None of the upcoming Fedora 7 test releases have yet been pushed back, but now there will be a fourth test release for Fedora 7. By adding a fourth test release, the feature freeze for Fedora 7 will now start with F7 Test 3 (March 20, 2007). This month delay and the feature freeze change is to allow more time for the build-system changes needed for merging the Fedora Core and Fedora Extras repositories along with adding other features on the table for Fedora 7. The revised schedule is available at the Fedora Project Wiki. The development freeze for Fedora 7 Test 2 starts four days from now - March 20, 2007 - accompanied by the release of F7T2 a week later.
For those after a Fedora 7 spin with EVERYTHING included (like the days of pre-FC5 where there was the everything installation option), Jesse Keating has added support for Pungi to allow this (if you want to spin your own Fedora). Jesse has dubbed this everything version as the Monster spin. Today Fedora 7 Monster contains 6401 packages and 8.1GB of disk-space. More on the Pungi changes to allow for Fedora 7 "Monster" is available on Jesse's blog.
Fedora 7 Test 1 will be released today, after the previous two-day delay. Fedora 7 Test 1 is already on most Red Hat mirrors, but at this time is still locked. Phoronix will be covering this new development release later today and in the coming days. If you give Fedora 7 Test 1 or Rawhide a shot, be sure to share your thoughts of it on the Phoronix Forums.
Smolt is a new hardware profiler that is designed for use by Fedora. Currently it's compatible for those running Fedora Core 6 or Rawhide. The intent of this project is to get a better understanding for the most commonly used hardware by Fedora users, and the collected statistics are freely available. So if you're a Fedora 6 user, do your part and fire up yum to grab Smolt and then send in the hardware information! More information on Smolt is available here.
Fedora 7 Test 1 was originally scheduled for release today, but it has now been delayed. An official announcement will be made later today, but the earliest now that F7T1 will make it out the doors is this Thursday. More information to come soon.
The Fedora Unity project has pushed out re-spins of Fedora Core 6 Zod. These re-spins are ISOs of Fedora Core 6, but with all available official Core 6 updates as of January 11, 2007. At this time, re-spins of the x86 and x86_64 versions are available, while the PowerPC version will follow in the next few days. Unlike past Fedora Unity spins created using Homebrew, this is the first spin to use Pungi (which is what will be used for Fedora 7). No HTTP/FTP mirrors are available at this time, with Bit Torrent being the primary method for download. More information and the torrents can be found at Fedora Unity.
One week from today, the first test release for Fedora 7 will hit the mirrors. If developers can deliver all of the features in time, Fedora 7 looks like it will be some exciting times. Similarly, one week from today the release of KDE 3.5.6 is also expected. Tomorrow we will be delivering our first thoughts on the changes for Fedora 7. More on the Fedora 7 release schedule can be found on the Wiki.
There is no more Fedora Core! Fedora Core and Fedora Extras are being eliminated. However, do not fear as the Fedora Project will remain. As Bill Nottingham pointed out today in a message on the fedora-devel-list, Fedora Core and Fedora Extras will be merged into one. This change has come after much discussion with there being virtually no differences between the Core and Extras packages. A revised release schedule was also mentioned in this announcement. Fedora 7 Test 1 (F7T1) will be released later this month (January 23, 2007), which is the first of three test releases. The final release of Fedora 7 should hit the Internet on April 26, 2007. With the release schedule marking the development freeze on April 5, we hopefully won't see any further delays in the schedule like we had seen with Fedora Core 6 Zod. The Fedora 7 schedule is also available on the Fedora Project Wiki.
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