Yarrow, Tettnang, Heidelberg, Stentz, what is next in the Fedora code-names? Well, /etc/fedora-release in these early Fedora ISOs seem to confirm that the fifth installment of Fedora Core will be dubbed Bordeaux. What is Bordeaux (other than the codename for Fedora Core 5)? Well, according to Wikipedia, Bordeaux is also a port city in the south-west region of France. Just one more day till the official launch of Fedora Core 5 Bordeaux!
With the release of Fedora Core 5 (Bordeaux) being just hours away now from its official launch, a few Fedora developers and other prodigies of the Fedora Project have begun blogging about the fifth installment of Fedora Core. The official Fedora Core 5 ISOs have been on a majority of the official Fedora mirrors since this past Friday, and will remain locked until the official launch by Red Hat (except for of course the occasional unlocked mirror). However, the active developers have received FC5 this weekend. Some of those who have already blogged about the Fedora 5 experience include Adrian Reber, Tejas Dinkar, Thomas Vander Stichele, and Josh Boyer. EDIT [2006-03-19]: Jeremy Katz has now posted a new blog entry with extensive thoughts on both Fedora Core 5 and the upcoming Fedora Core 6. Look for Phoronix coverage of Fedora Core 5 coming tomorrow (Monday) and the following days to come with hardware examinations.
With the launch of Fedora Core 5 quickly approaching (2 days!), we have managed to snag a few minutes of Greg DeKoenigsberg's time to answer some Fedora related questions and other happenings going on at the Fedora Project. For Fedora and Linux users, this interview should be especially interesting. As Chris Blizzard and I rode around Delhi during our visit to FUDCon India, Chris said to me, "what if open source is just a side effect of people wanting to work together?" I think that this was a profound observation. To me, it's one of the most important reasons for having FUDCons. IRC is great, but having a beer with somebody -- or even having somebody tell you off to your face -- is an irreplaceable personal experience, and one that's central to building lasting communities. This interview in its entirety can be read here at Phoronix.
While Fedora Core 5 is not slated to be released until Monday, March 20, 2006, some users have managed to find a few of the mirrors unlocked and have already begun downloading the various CDs and DVDs. After that, a few have already begun hosting bit-torrents of these new FC5 ISOs. An active discussion is presently taking place over at Fedora Forum. Of course, some of these sources may be a bit sluggish when it comes to the downloading speeds. Look forward to all of the Fedora Red Hat mirrors becoming available on Monday morning. As we had found out in the interview with Greg DeKoenigsberg, the Fedora 5 Extras should be available on launch-date. However, a quick visit to the Extras Repository shows the downloads for Fedora 5 are already available as of today, and are unlocked! Even if you're not into getting a jump start on downloading these final ISOs from the various sources, you can surely begin downloading the new Fedora Extras :). Also, the folks over at ATrpms, have had their Fedora 5 repository available for some time now. The ATrpms 5 repo is here. FreshRPMs still has yet to post their stable FC5 packages.
Just as we came down to the fifth day to Fedora Core 5, we have received a message stating that this release will be DELAYED. No worries, however, as this release is now expected to occur on March 20, 2006 (Monday). With this five day delay, they do anticipate they will be able to include the final release of GNOME v2.14.0 (rather than a stable GNOME v2.13 development build) as it is schedule for release on March 15, and Jeremy Katz hopes to have the tarballs this coming Monday. Ah well, five more days of waiting :).
The countdown can begin... 7 days remaining until the official launch of Fedora Core 5 and GNOME v2.14.0. Although CeBIT is beginning bright and early tomorrow morning, and ends on March 15, which will result with quite a bit of premiere articles during this time period (starting in just a few hours!), we have some things planned out for these Fedora happenings. Yesterday we managed to speak with Greg DeKoenigsberg, who serves as the community relations manager for Red Hat, and hope to have an interview ready by early next week. This interview will primarily focus on Fedora Core 5 (and Core 6) happenings as well as some Fedora Project outlooks, and a few general Linux items. Certainly it will be well worth reading, and we will also be presenting a wealth of new Fedora Core 5 literature next week. Also, we can't forget about GNOME v2.14.0, which is penciled in to premiere on the same day.
David Nielsen and Peter Gordon have proposed development cycle changes for Fedora. At this present time there is a 9-month cycle between major releases, and this new strategy would involved a two-tiered plan. One of the releases would target aggressive users demanding the very latest packages in their distribution (those who often tap into Rawhide for the Fedora Project), and then the alternative users that provide stability and a bug-free environment rather than necessarily being the latest-and-greatest. David's proposed plan would be to release a "technology preview" every nine months, which would involve six months of pure coding while the later three months would be the time to addresses all serious issues. This technology preview would serve as an interim release for those users that would die without the latest packages. This tech preview for Fedora wouldn't be bug free but they would hope to address all critical problems. Coming another four months after this Fedora preview would be the full release with all of the bugs properly addressed. No word yet if Red Hat (Fedora's corporate sponsor) supports this or if any other Fedora leaders would embrace this new development strategy. My personal thought on this matter from an end-user standpoint is that the status quo is certainly satisfactory with their cycle they have done since the Tettnang days. Those users seeking the bleeding-edge status, they can easily use one of the testing builds. It is also important to look at the MASSIVE improvements from Fedora Core 4 to Fedora Core 5. For those users wishing the latest-and-greatest they can simply tap into the Rawhide repository and get all sorts of nightly development builds. Stretching their major development cycle beyond a year (Nelisen's present statement would be 13 months) could get fierce opposition from some users who prefer the present cycle. As stated before, this is simply talk right now and there is no official word if they intend to enact these ideals.
Tapping into the Fedora Core 5 Rawhide repository, it appears the developers have made better use of the capabilities of GNOME v2.13/2.14 with the notification framework. GNOME is heavily working on recommendations for its Human Interface Guidelines in the notification framework before GNOME v2.16 hits full swing. The below notification was from Fedora Core 5 and is displaying an alert about a network connection being disconnected.
After a one-week delay of FC5T3, due to having the need to rebuild the entire distribution due to changes in the most recent version of GCC, Fedora Core 5 Test 3 has finally been released. As the release announcements cite, changes consist of Xen with the x86_64 packages, package selection within the reinstaller enabled, re-built using a newer GNU Compiler Collection snapshot of Version 4.1 (for performance and security), improved hibernation function, PowerPC Install CDs are bootable again, unified SRPM (Source RPM) set rather than a per architecture basis, lots of bug fixes beyond Fedora Core 5 Test 2, and 1600+ packages in the yum repository. Mirrors for Fedora Core 5 Test 3 are available here. Fedora Core 5 is still scheduled for a final release on March 15, which is scheduled for the same day as the launch of GNOME v2.14! Official Phoronix coverage of Fedora Core 5 Test 3 will be coming this week with new screenshots as well as a performance examination.
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