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.
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.
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