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.
Will Woods of Red Hat has announced on the Red Hat announcement list the start of a Fedora Core package cleanup project. The intentions of this cleaning are to improve the quality of the Fedora Core RPM packages -- to get them to a higher standard, similar to the Fedora Extras repository with Mock building. I'm announcing the start of a new QA project, and I'm asking for your help. In the past, Core packages have not been held to the same standards as Extras. We want to fix this! We're starting by cleaning up the spec files so that Core packages can all be built using Mock. (If you aren't familiar with Mock, it's a cool RPM build tool that we use to build Fedora Extras.) This is where you come in: We need people to attempt Mock builds of Fedora Core packages, and file bugs when they find packages that don't build. Doing so will earn you the thanks and respect of your peers, but as an added incentive we're going to give away free stuff (!) to people who help out. Filing a bug on a broken package will earn you one Karma Point. If you include a patch that makes that package build successfully, you'll get five Karma Points. These will be redeemable for cool stuff from the Red Hat Cool Stuff Store (at an exchange rate to be determined once we figure out how much stuff we're actually allowed to give away :) For more info, check out: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA/FixBuildRequires Ok? OK! Let's get testin'! -w
Max Spevack has announced that the new community member for the Fedora Project Board at this time is Matt Domsch -- a Linux Software Architect for Dell. Matt Domsch is a Linux Software Architect for Dell. He has been developing, debugging, testing, and fixing aspects of Linux since 1999. He maintains DKMS and efibootmgr userspace apps, edd, efivars and ppp_mppe kernel modules, and has contributed to the maintenance of many other kernel modules. Matt maintains several packages in Fedora Extras. Matt was a member of the 2004 and 2005 Ottawa Linux Symposium Program Committee. Matt holds a BS in Computer Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a MS in Computer Science from Vanderbilt University.
Greg DeKoenigsberg (click here for our most recent interview with Red Hat's PR man), has announced the creation of the Fedora Music list. This is designed to include Planet CCRMA into the Fedora Extras repository. It looks like we've got some critical mass forming here, so I figured I'd go ahead and announce it. We've been working with Fernando Lopez-Lezcano of Planet CCRMA, the popular Fedora-based music distribution, to see about bringing Planet CCRMA under the Extras umbrella. So feel free to join the conversation:
The GStreamer team today has announced the new releases of the Good and Bag plug-ins collection for the GStreamer v0.10 stable release series. Stated are lots of improvements, some new plug-ins, and a lot of bug fixes. More information is at GStreamer.
The popular Fedora FAQ (Unofficial) site for all of the Fedora newbies has been updated to reflect changes in Fedora Core 5. Many of the questions on the site have been rewritten. The Fedora FAQ information is here.
For those that may have missed it, the Fedora Project Wiki has the Fedora Core 6 preliminary schedule available. The draft in its current form states that the first Fedora Core 6 test release will occur on June 14, followed by a FC6T2 release on July 12, and FC6T3 release on August 16. The anticipated release date for Fedora Core 6 will be September 20, 2006. Of course, these dates are subject to change. Lining up with this release is GNOME v2.16.0, which is due on September 6, 2006. The Fedora Core 6 schedule is at the Wiki.
Out today on Fedora's official update servers are a slew of new stable packages. The updates out today include: gnome-utils-2.14.0-4.fc5.1, file-roller-2.14.2-1.fc5.1, gnome-menus-2.14.0-1.fc5.1, rhythmbox-0.9.4-1.fc5.1, setools-2.3-3.FC5, and anthy-7500b-1.fc5. There is also a Fedora Core 5 security update for Ethereal -- ethereal-0.99.0-fc5.1. Fire up yum or the pup package updater.
A series of Fedora Core 5 updates have been released onto the official FC5 Bordeaux repositories this afternoon. These updates appear to be primarily focused upon GNOME v2.14.1 integration. These RPM updates should be appearing on all update mirrors, so fire up yum or pup! The update list for today at this time includes: epiphany-2.14.1-1.fc5.1, eog-2.14.1-1.fc5.1, evolution-2.6.1-1.fc5.2, gnome-desktop-188.8.131.52-1.fc5.1, gedit-2.14.2-1.fc5.1, gnome-user-docs-2.14.2-1.fc5.1, gtkhtml3-3.10.1-1.fc5.1, gnome-panel-2.14.1-1.fc5.1, gnome-applets-2.14.1-1.fc5.1, gnome-games-2.14.1-1.fc5.2, gnome-screensaver-2.14.1-1.fc5.1, gnopernicus-1.0.4-1.fc5.1, libwnck-2.14.1-1.fc5.1, gnome-system-monitor-2.14.1-1.fc5.1, libgtop2-2.14.1-1.fc5.1, gnome-session-2.14.1-1.fc5.1, gnome-desktop-2.14.1-1.fc5.1, nautilus-cd-burner-2.14.1-1.fc5.1, yelp-2.14.1-1.fc5.1, gtk-doc-1.6-1.fc5.1, gnome-terminal-2.14.1-1.fc5.1, metacity-2.14.3-1.fc5.1, beagle-0.2.4-1.fc5.1, pango-1.12.1-1.fc5.1, gtk2-2.8.17-1.fc5.1, glib2-2.10.2-1.fc5.1, sound-juicer-2.14.3-1.fc5.1, dasher-4.0.2-1.fc5.1, atk-1.11.4-1.fc5.1, librsvg2-2.14.3-1.fc5.1, at-spi-1.7.7-1.fc5.2, control-center-2.14.1-1.fc5.2, libsoup-2.2.92-1.fc5.1, evolution-connector-2.6.1-1.fc5.1, evolution-data-server-1.6.1-1.fc5.2, nautilus-2.14.1-1.fc5.1, gnome-utils-2.14.0-4, gtksourceview-1.6.1-1.fc5.1, eel2-2.14.1-1.fc5.1, file-roller-2.14.1-1.fc5.1, libgnomeui-2.14.1-1.fc5.1, and libgnome-2.14.1-1.fc5.1.
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