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.
Red Hat's Jesse Keating has just announced the availability of the Fedora 10 "Cambridge" Preview release. Fedora 10 is scheduled to be officially released later this month (on the 25th of November) and this preview release is the final build before going gold.
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.
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