The Fedora Project has finally pushed out their first official LiveCD. This LiveCD is based upon packages found in Fedora Core 6 (Zod) and from Fedora Extras. Among the packages are GNOME 2.16, Linux 2.6.18 kernel, X.Org 7.1, AIGLX and Compiz, and quite a few desktop applications. The Fedora LiveCD also features wallpaper not found in Fedora Core 6. The release announcement had just hit the fedora-announce-list moments ago.
Bill Nottingham has put a draft copy of the Fedora Core 7 Plan onto the fedora-advisory-board mailing list. This message includes a draft schedule -- Fedora Core 7 Test 1 (FC7T1) would be released on January 30 while the final release of FC7 would be on April 24 of 2007. This messae also includes tentative features and items to be addressed with Core 7. Certainly this is great news for Fedora users.
The first Fedora Users and Developers Conference has been announced for 2007. This time around the FUDCon is going to be a BarCamp. For those never at at a BarCamp, the concept is not to be a traditional conference. The FUDCon BarCamp 2007 will take place at Boston University on February 2, 2007. The sessions so far are related to Fedora, One Laptop Per Child, Fedora Documentation, unleash KDE, and other topics. More on FUDCon Boston 2007 can be read here.
For those who hadn't stayed closely tuned to the Fedora marketing list, the Fedora Legacy Project has been terminated. Fedora Legacy is no more due to extending the lifespan for Fedora updates from 11 months to 13 months (starting with FC6 Zod) and the viability of CentOS for longer support. The details can be found in this email message.
Linux.com has posted some additional information about the Red Hat/Fedora summit that had taken place last month in Boston. All of the details can be found in this article.
Today theme proposals for Fedora Core 7 are due to the Wiki. Information on the Fedora Core 7 Artwork Themes can be found on the Fedora Project Wiki. Several of the themes submitted already look very nice especially for being initial drafts. Some of the FC7 themes submitted so far include Fedora Borealis, Flying High with Fedora 7, Fedora Dreams, Fedora Tangram, Fedora Games, and Fedora Planet. Share your favorite so far on the Phoronix Forums.
Greg DeKoenigsberg has posted a Fedora Summit wrap-up with link to the respective Fedora Wiki pages. The topics covered include opening the core, new Fedora build system, architecture, Fedora LiveCD, OpenID, and the modified release process. For the uninformed, Greg DeKoenigsberg is the community development manager for Red Hat. We had interviewed him for the release of Fedora Core 5.
In preparation for getting into the Fedora Core 7 swing, a Fedora Summit has been taking place this week at the Red Hat offices in Westford. Today is the last day of this small summit but several Fedora developers have been blogging about what has been discussed, and the Wiki page has also been updated. Some of the blog posts on the Fedora Summit so far have been from Max Spevack (Day 0), Max Spevack (Day 0.5), Jesse Keating (Part 1), Greg DeKoenigsberg (Tomorrow), Greg DeKoenigsberg (A New BugZilla?), Jack Aboutboul (Day 1), Max Spevack (Day 1), Max Spevack (Day 1.5), Jesse Keating (Day 1.5), Greg DeKoenigsberg (Day 1), Max Spevack (Day 2), and Jesse Keating (Day 2).
FreshRPMs has officially extended their repository today for official support for Fedora Core 6 Zod. They also introduced packages for the NVIDIA binary display driver, ATI fglrx binary display driver, ipw3945 firmware and daemon, madwifi, ntfs, pwc, and lirc. The FreshRPMs release announcement can be found here. AtRPMs has also announced support for Fedora Core 6.
The Fedora Project has officially announced Core 6 (Zod) on the fedora-announce-list. A lot more information can be found at the Fedora Wiki. Finally, Fedora Core 6 can be downloaded from mirrors or torrents. This morning we also published the first review of Fedora Core 6 Zod. Be sure to discuss your Fedora 6 thoughts over at the Phoronix Forums.
We have begun to share some thoughts on Fedora Core 6 Zod (Zod is the codename for FC6). More information can be found over at the Phoronix Forums.
Yet another delay has struck the Fedora Core 6 release cycle. After the delay yesterday that pushed the final release of FC6 from Tuesday to Thursday, the delay has now been pushed to next week. It seems that some additional bugs have crept into Rawhide at the last minute. A respin is now taking place, and Red Hat hopes to finally push out Fedora Core 6 on Tuesday, October 24, 2006. It looks like we will have to wait patiently a few more days for the release, and in the mean time feel free to visit the Phoronix Forums.
While we were all waiting for the release of Fedora Core 6 tomorrow, Jesse Keating has just issued a statement on the fedora-announce-list that the release of Fedora Core 6 has been pushed back to this Thursday. This is certainly a disappointment for those eagerly awaiting this release, but over the weekend several bugs cropped up in the latest spin. They hope to complete the spin process tomorrow and then allow the mirrors to update for Thursday. Jesse did, however, mention that Fedora Core 6 may need to get pushed back until next week if any new problems arise. We can only hope now that Fedora Core 6 will be ready to be pushed out this Thursday!
Rahul Sundaram has published part one of a series of articles for Red Hat Magazine titled Inside Fedora Core 6. In this part Rahul mentions the installer improvements with the ability to use Anaconda to fetch packages from a yum repository, enabling AIGLX and Compiz for desktop effects, and performance boosts throughout all of Fedora Core 6. These performance boosts can most notably be attributed to glibc with dynamic linking improvements as well as the speed boosts brought by GNOME 2.16. Part one of Inside Fedora Core 6 can be read at Red Hat. Look for Fedora Core 6 next Tuesday (October 17, 2006) when it will be officially announced.
Fedora Core 6 was slated for release on October 11, however, the announcement has just come out by means of the mailing list that the release has been pushed back to October 17. At this point there are five critical bugs left that developers would like to see addressed -- ranging from 256MB of system memory will stall Anaconda to an SELinux issue with updating the kernel on Power PC. The official announcement can be found here. We can only hope that Fedora Core 6 will make it out by October 17.
GNOME is having their Bostom Summit 2006 this weekend at the MIT Media Lab. This summit is a three-day hackfest for developers and contributors. There is also an embedded device hackfest, GNOME accessibility summit, and text layout summit. More on the GNOME Bostom Summit 2006 can be found on the GNOME Live Wiki. Chris Blizzard also posted some instructions this afternoon on his blog.
While the release of Fedora Core 6 is still scheduled for October 11, and the final Test release (FC6T3) was pushed out earlier this month, Red Hat has pushed out a FC6 pre-release. FC6pre is a near final copy of Fedora Core 6 but there are still a few known bugs left. Links to the images and the announcement is on the mailing list.
The third and final test release is now available for the upcoming Fedora Core 6. Fedora Core 6 Test 3 (FC6T3) delivers GNOME 2.16.0, KDE 3.5.3, yum install repositories from Anaconda installer, new default font, Compiz window manager using AIGLX, notification bubbles for software updates, improved startup performance (DT_GNU_HASH), Xen improvements, setroubleshoot for SELinux, integrated smart card capabilities, improved X auto-configuration, and new Fedora artwork. The official release announcement can be read here.
Robert Jensen has passed along word on the fedora-announce-list that the Fedora Unity project has released their re-spin of Fedora Core 5, as well as ISOs for the Fedora Core LiveCD using Kadischi. The Fedora Core 5 re-spin contains all FC5 official updates as of 2006-08-18 and is available for i386 and x86_64 architectures. The Fedora Core Live spin is based on Fedora Core 5 Bordeaux with all updates to 2006-08-21. Also available are LiveCDs based upon Fedora Core 6 Test 2 (FC6T2). Grab all of these ISOs as torrents over at Fedora Unity.
Chitlesh Goorah has placed a request on his blog for help with Kadischi testing. Primarily the Kadischi Team and Fedora Unity are interested in participants to help out on x86_64 testing of Kadischi with Fedora Core 6 Test 2 (FC6T2). Kadischi is the tool to create Fedora-based LiveCDs, and more is available on the Wiki.
Fedora Core 6 Test 2 is now out after a Xen delay late last month. Among the notable highlights in FC6T2 include all packages are recompiled (built using Mock, packages also now have proper BuildRequires), ability to install from additional yum repositories during the Anaconda/KickStart installation, Java web applet from gcjwebplugin, new default font, package updates and upgrades, and Fedora Core 6 Extras. The preferred method of download is using Torrents, and Jesse's Fedora Core 6 Test 2 announcement is available here. Fedora Core 6 Test 3 (FC6T3) is scheduled for release on September 11, while the final Fedora Core 6 release is tentatively scheduled for October 9, 2006.
After the first delay of Fedora Core 6 Test 2, Jeremy Katz has announced a second delay. This time it is due to the 2.6.18-rc kernel and issues presented with Xen. The delay will occur till Xen is working properly, which looks like it might happen on July 24. If they meet the Monday deadline, Fedora Core 6 Test 2 would be released on July 26. More updates to come soon.
Due to the integration of DT_GNU_HASH changes for binutils and glibc, Fedora Core 6 Test 2 (FC6T2) has been delayed by one week. These changes will bring up to an approximate 50% speed-up in dynamic linking, however, a complete rebuild is necessary. Due to this Fedora Core 6 rebuild, the freeze date for Test 2 (the feature freeze release) is now on Wednesday, July 19, 2006. The release date for this next testing release will be on July 21, 2006. However, this delay has also pushed back the final Fedora Core 6 release from September 27 to October 4. The updated and preliminary Fedora Core Schedule can be found in the Wiki.
As expected, immediately at 10:00AM EDT the Red Hat server, and the Fedora Core mirrors are beginning to unlock with the ISOs for Fedora Core 6 Test 1 (5.90). So far, at 10:07AM many of these mirrors still appear to be locked, but we have found a few open ones -- such as the Linux FTP Duke server. We are in the process of acquiring Fedora Core 6 Test 1, and should hopefully have up a report this afternoon. More is at Fedora.
Creative Commons and the Fedora Project are pleased to announce the Open Video Contest taking place now. The contest promotes flexible copyright, open media formats and the Fedora Project. Entries must be 30 seconds or less, in OGG Theora format, promote freedom and openness, and be released under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 license. http://creativecommons.org/video/openvideocontest/
Max Spevack, the chairman of the Fedora Project Board, has updated his blog with a few details with what has been going on this week and last. After the end of the Red Hat Summit 2006, Max and other Fedorians had continued the energy into this week, according to his blog. Some of the Fedora progress made includes beginning to figure out two more FUDCons this year, working on x86 Mac Intel boxes for Fedora, the announcement of a Fedora Core 5 re-spin from Fedora Unity, and a read-only copy of the Fedora Advisory Board. Max Spevack's blog post can be found here.
The Wiki summary of the Fedora Project board meeting is now available. Topics discussed at today's meeting included version control, possible Brazil FUDCon, Red Hat Summit, and other Fedora details.
The Fedora Project has launched Fedora Interview, which has a goal to present quickly the contributors behind the Fedora Project. All of these contributors explain in a few words what their role is with this popular Linux distribution. More on Fedora Interview can be found in the Wiki.
Robert "Bob" Jensen has passed along word on the Fedora Announcement List of the Fedora Unity Project re-spinning the FC5 i386 and x86_64 ISOs with the latest updates. While performing the RPM updates after a fresh install isn't much of a problem if they are all lodged on a local yum server, or some external media, for new users the hundreds of updates can certainly be overwhelming -- as well as taking a long while to complete. The Fedora Unity Project is attempting on re-spinning the Fedora Core ISOs on a routine basis and then to offer these DVD ISOs to the public. The first re-spin available is dated from May 23, 2006 and contains all official Fedora Core 5 updates to that point. At this time, the Fedora Core 5 Re-Spin 20060523 is only available through Bit Torrent. We at Phoronix will certainly give these re-spins a try, and more information is at Fedora Unity.
Jesse Keating has announced a change in the Fedora development tree layout. More on this is in the Fedora Wiki.
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