While it's exciting to have kernel mode-setting, RandR, and EXA / X-Video acceleration for NVIDIA hardware in an open-source driver that is reliable since the mainlining of its DRM code and its adoption in Ubuntu 10.04 and other distributions, Fedora has already employed Nouveau support to various extents in their recent releases.
To eliminate having to freeze the bleeding-edge Fedora Rawhide repository once the next release of this free software Linux distribution enters its own alpha/feature freeze, a new development branch has been created so that Rawhide can immediately begin hosting packaged for the next Fedora release. In other words, beginning next week once the Fedora Alpha freeze goes into effect, Rawhide will begin receiving packages that will not appear until Fedora 14. The in-development Fedora 13 packages will move to a new development directory.
Back in November one of the features that was talked about as a possibility for Fedora 13 was Btrfs system rollback support. One of the advantages of the Btrfs file-system compared to most other Linux file-systems is support for snapshots. With this Fedora feature it would automatically create a file-system snapshot before each yum transaction. In the event the RPM packages being touched cause havoc on the system or any problems arise, the user could simply reboot and choose an earlier Btrfs snapshot to boot. The Btrfs file-system is not yet stable and is not used by default on Fedora Linux, but it's been an install-time option since last year.
Before Fedora 12 was even released there were already feature plans for Fedora 13 and since that point new features have continued to be added to their feature plans, including Btrfs system rollback support. While the Fedora 13 feature freeze is less than a month away, a few new features continue to be added while the existing features continue to progress.
Package source control for Fedora has relied upon CVS since the inception of this Red Hat Linux distribution, but it's soon going to switch over to using Git instead. At the FUDCon event this week in Toronto, Red Hat's Jesse Keating has laid out these plans to stop using CVS and switch over to Git for its benefits: distributed management, it's faster than CVS, better patch management, and many upstream projects using this revision control system.
The next release of the Red Hat sponsored Fedora Linux distribution is going to be Fedora 13, which is due out in 2010 and already promises many new features like Btrfs file-system rollbacks and NFSv4. While there are already these features being worked on, it wasn't until tonight that we know what Fedora 13 is actually being codenamed. There was a codename proposal period followed by voting, and now the votes have been tallied up and the most popular name approved.
Fedora 12 was just released this week, but features for Fedora 13 have been in planning long before this release made it out the door. In fact, it was last month that we began talking about features for Fedora 13. One of the features though that has just been proposed for Fedora 13 is rather interesting and that is system rollback support via Btrfs file-system snapshots.
It's one of the last major distribution updates coming out this year, but Fedora 12 (codenamed "Constantine") is now available. Fedora 12 features performance improvements, Ogg Theora 1.1 support, graphics improvements (including ATI kernel mode-setting by default), many virtualization improvements, PulseAudio improvements, Multi-Pointer X with X.Org 7.5 / X Server 1.7, and many other new features.
With the release of Fedora 12 being just days away, it's that time of the year again where Red Hat and the Fedora Project are seeking out possible codenames for their next release, Fedora 13. Among the names that have been proposed so far are Segovia, Commodus, Buland Darwaza, Methodius, Plato, and Watergate. Proposals for possible Fedora 13 codenames are being accepted until later this month when voting will get underway by Fedora contributors. The finalized codename for Fedora 13 will be announced on the 5th of December.
Fedora 12 will not see the light of day for a few more weeks still, but the first features for Fedora 13 are now known. On the Fedora Project Wiki is now the Fedora 13 feature list.
This morning Red Hat has announced the release of Fedora 12 Beta. This is the last development release before the release candidate and then the final release due out towards the middle of next month. Fedora 12 brings improved performance, NetworkManager enhancements, graphics driver improvements, many virtualization improvements, Multi-Pointer X support in X.Org 7.5, and plenty of other changes. We cover most of the Fedora 12 changes in detail in our Fedora 12 Alpha To Bring Many Improvements and Fedora 12 Beta To Come Next Week articles. We also have many Fedora 12 news postings with other information.
As part of their usual roundabout with pushing the latest X.Org, kernel, and Mesa code into Fedora before each new release, for the next three days Red Hat is holding testing sessions focused on the open-source ATI/AMD, NVIDIA, and Intel graphics drivers, respectively. To make for an easy process even for those that may not be active Fedora users, there are Rawhide LiveCD images (in x86 and x86_64 flavors) that were spun last night by Red Hat's Adam Williamson. This code has all of the latest Fedora 12 packages, but sadly just shy of having the R600/700 3D support working.
The Intel Poulsbo Linux driver is a bloody mess, it's that simple. Unlike the main Intel Linux graphics stack, the one that supports the Poulsbo chip found on many Intel Atom-powered devices, is closed-source. While some could careless whether a driver is open or closed source, the Poulsbo driver is difficult to find and to get working on distributions outside of Ubuntu Netbook Remix. However, Intel has already decided to not support Ubuntu 9.10. There was an open-source Poulsbo DRM that was created, but it was rejected from the mainline kernel, on the basis of it being undocumented and just being used by a binary-only client.
Going back to May before the release of Fedora 11, features that were planned for Fedora 12 (the release that's codenamed Constantine) began to get laid out. Among these features were LVM enhancements, replacing nash/mkinitrd with Dracut, and using Empathy as the default instant messaging program. With time more features have come about for Fedora 12, such as re-basing the desktop environments to KDE 4.3 and GNOME 2.28, updating the kernel, etc. Over the weekend though, the Fedora Project Wiki was updated to reflect a whole batch of new features that are now planned for Fedora 12. Below are some of these new features.
After having gone to the community for looking at names, Red Hat has announced that the release of Fedora 12 will be codenamed Constantine. This name had the most votes and was approved by Red Hat's Legal department of being free of any potential issues. Constantine had beat out Umbria, Orville, Rugosa, and Chilon for having the most votes.
Last week Red Hat had to announce that the release of Fedora 11 would be be faced by a last minute delay due to a number of show-stopping bugs that had to be resolved in time. Fedora 11 was then supposed to make it out in the first week of June, but we have now heard that there is another delay facing Fedora 11.
Red Hat's Jesse Keating has shared on the Fedora announcement list that Fedora 11 will not be released in May as originally intended. Due to 24 bugs at present on the Fedora 11 bug tracker, they have postponed the release from the 26th of May to the 2nd of June.
Fedora 11 will be out next week, but planning for Fedora 12 is already well underway. Some of the Fedora 12 features have already been laid out like a user-space LVM library, enhanced multi-seat support, and replacing nash/mkinitrd with Dracut. It's also time to start thinking about the codename for this next Red Hat release.
Fedora 11 with all of its Nouveau support, Btrfs capabilities, and kernel mode-setting support glory isn't being released until later this month, but the features for Fedora 12 are already being planned out.
Benchmarking on Fedora is as easy as running yum install phoronix-test-suite and then running phoronix-test-suite benchmark favorites (or another test/suite), it's really that easy! Pushed into Fedora 11 and as an update to Fedora 9 and Fedora 10 is the Phoronix Test Suite.
Fedora 11 is the next release of Red Hat's community distribution and among its features are a new volume control interface, Nouveau by default, Thunderbird 3.0 integration, kernel mode-setting with most graphics hardware, and numerous other improvements. This release, which has been codenamed Leonidas, has now reached a beta state.
Fedora 11 is reaching an impressive number of accepted features. Beyond introducing Intel and NVIDIA kernel mode-setting, Nouveau becoming the default NVIDIA driver, and a new volume control interface, there will be a plethora of package updates. Fedora 11 will have available Xfce 4.6, GNOME 2.26, and KDE 4.2 for the desktops.
While a few delays were experienced by the Red Hat engineers and community working on Fedora 11 (a.k.a. Leonidas), the first alpha release of this popular Linux distribution is now available. The 11th release of Fedora will bring a huge set of new features and updated packages, with much of the work already being visible in Fedora 11 Alpha.
Since early December the Fedora community has been generating possible codenames for Fedora 11. Earlier this week the final voting took place where the active Fedora contributors had to ultimately decide on the codename to use for this next Linux release.
In early December we shared that it was time for the Fedora community to come up with the Fedora 11 codename. Following that many different names were proposed for Fedora 11, but then after each name was evaluated and went through Red Hat's legal department, the list became much shorter. Now though it's time for the Fedora community to vote for the official codename.
If you're not a developer but looking to help out a free software project, the Fedora Project is working on their codename for Fedora 11. Until the 8th of December they are looking for the community to propose what they think would be a great name for this next Fedora release. Following that, the Fedora board will evaluate the different names, the Red Hat legal department will ensure there are no issues, and then community voting will take place. The official codename will be announced on the 10th of January.
Fedora 10 was officially released a few days ago, but the Fedora SIG (Special Interest Group) has this weekend announced the availability of a few application-specific spins for Cambridge. Well, seven different spins to be exact.
Fedora generally lives on the bleeding-edge of free software packages -- especially when it comes to the Linux kernel and X.Org -- and with yesterday's release of Fedora 10 Cambridge this is no different. Fedora 9 was the first of the major distributions to integrate any level of kernel mode-setting support (A Preview of Kernel-based Mode-Setting) and this support has been well-extended in this latest Red Hat release.
Fedora 10 isn't even being released until next week, but five features have already been approved for Fedora 11 and a release schedule has been put in motion. FESCo, or the Fedora Engineering Steering Committee, convened yesterday and approved the Fedora 11 release schedule (though it's likely to change as with all past releases) and approved five of the proposed Fedora features.
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