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.
While Phoronix posted its screenshots today for Fedora 7 Test 2 today (thanks Pungi!), the official release has been pushed from Tuesday to Thursday. Fedora 7 Test 1 was also delayed, but the reason for this push-back is PPC kernel problems, VNC issues, and determining packages for spins. Let's hope that it gets pushed out the door Thursday and doesn't get delayed into the next week. Jesse Keating's release announcement is available here.
The release of Fedora 7 has now been delayed. This new delay pushes the release of Fedora 7 back nearly a month - from the end of April to now the end of May 2007. None of the upcoming Fedora 7 test releases have yet been pushed back, but now there will be a fourth test release for Fedora 7. By adding a fourth test release, the feature freeze for Fedora 7 will now start with F7 Test 3 (March 20, 2007). This month delay and the feature freeze change is to allow more time for the build-system changes needed for merging the Fedora Core and Fedora Extras repositories along with adding other features on the table for Fedora 7. The revised schedule is available at the Fedora Project Wiki. The development freeze for Fedora 7 Test 2 starts four days from now - March 20, 2007 - accompanied by the release of F7T2 a week later.
For those after a Fedora 7 spin with EVERYTHING included (like the days of pre-FC5 where there was the everything installation option), Jesse Keating has added support for Pungi to allow this (if you want to spin your own Fedora). Jesse has dubbed this everything version as the Monster spin. Today Fedora 7 Monster contains 6401 packages and 8.1GB of disk-space. More on the Pungi changes to allow for Fedora 7 "Monster" is available on Jesse's blog.
Fedora 7 Test 1 will be released today, after the previous two-day delay. Fedora 7 Test 1 is already on most Red Hat mirrors, but at this time is still locked. Phoronix will be covering this new development release later today and in the coming days. If you give Fedora 7 Test 1 or Rawhide a shot, be sure to share your thoughts of it on the Phoronix Forums.
Smolt is a new hardware profiler that is designed for use by Fedora. Currently it's compatible for those running Fedora Core 6 or Rawhide. The intent of this project is to get a better understanding for the most commonly used hardware by Fedora users, and the collected statistics are freely available. So if you're a Fedora 6 user, do your part and fire up yum to grab Smolt and then send in the hardware information! More information on Smolt is available here.
Fedora 7 Test 1 was originally scheduled for release today, but it has now been delayed. An official announcement will be made later today, but the earliest now that F7T1 will make it out the doors is this Thursday. More information to come soon.
The Fedora Unity project has pushed out re-spins of Fedora Core 6 Zod. These re-spins are ISOs of Fedora Core 6, but with all available official Core 6 updates as of January 11, 2007. At this time, re-spins of the x86 and x86_64 versions are available, while the PowerPC version will follow in the next few days. Unlike past Fedora Unity spins created using Homebrew, this is the first spin to use Pungi (which is what will be used for Fedora 7). No HTTP/FTP mirrors are available at this time, with Bit Torrent being the primary method for download. More information and the torrents can be found at Fedora Unity.
One week from today, the first test release for Fedora 7 will hit the mirrors. If developers can deliver all of the features in time, Fedora 7 looks like it will be some exciting times. Similarly, one week from today the release of KDE 3.5.6 is also expected. Tomorrow we will be delivering our first thoughts on the changes for Fedora 7. More on the Fedora 7 release schedule can be found on the Wiki.
There is no more Fedora Core! Fedora Core and Fedora Extras are being eliminated. However, do not fear as the Fedora Project will remain. As Bill Nottingham pointed out today in a message on the fedora-devel-list, Fedora Core and Fedora Extras will be merged into one. This change has come after much discussion with there being virtually no differences between the Core and Extras packages. A revised release schedule was also mentioned in this announcement. Fedora 7 Test 1 (F7T1) will be released later this month (January 23, 2007), which is the first of three test releases. The final release of Fedora 7 should hit the Internet on April 26, 2007. With the release schedule marking the development freeze on April 5, we hopefully won't see any further delays in the schedule like we had seen with Fedora Core 6 Zod. The Fedora 7 schedule is also available on the Fedora Project Wiki.
The Fedora Project has finally pushed out their first official LiveCD. This LiveCD is based upon packages found in Fedora Core 6 (Zod) and from Fedora Extras. Among the packages are GNOME 2.16, Linux 2.6.18 kernel, X.Org 7.1, AIGLX and Compiz, and quite a few desktop applications. The Fedora LiveCD also features wallpaper not found in Fedora Core 6. The release announcement had just hit the fedora-announce-list moments ago.
Bill Nottingham has put a draft copy of the Fedora Core 7 Plan onto the fedora-advisory-board mailing list. This message includes a draft schedule -- Fedora Core 7 Test 1 (FC7T1) would be released on January 30 while the final release of FC7 would be on April 24 of 2007. This messae also includes tentative features and items to be addressed with Core 7. Certainly this is great news for Fedora users.
The first Fedora Users and Developers Conference has been announced for 2007. This time around the FUDCon is going to be a BarCamp. For those never at at a BarCamp, the concept is not to be a traditional conference. The FUDCon BarCamp 2007 will take place at Boston University on February 2, 2007. The sessions so far are related to Fedora, One Laptop Per Child, Fedora Documentation, unleash KDE, and other topics. More on FUDCon Boston 2007 can be read here.
For those who hadn't stayed closely tuned to the Fedora marketing list, the Fedora Legacy Project has been terminated. Fedora Legacy is no more due to extending the lifespan for Fedora updates from 11 months to 13 months (starting with FC6 Zod) and the viability of CentOS for longer support. The details can be found in this email message.
Linux.com has posted some additional information about the Red Hat/Fedora summit that had taken place last month in Boston. All of the details can be found in this article.
Today theme proposals for Fedora Core 7 are due to the Wiki. Information on the Fedora Core 7 Artwork Themes can be found on the Fedora Project Wiki. Several of the themes submitted already look very nice especially for being initial drafts. Some of the FC7 themes submitted so far include Fedora Borealis, Flying High with Fedora 7, Fedora Dreams, Fedora Tangram, Fedora Games, and Fedora Planet. Share your favorite so far on the Phoronix Forums.
Greg DeKoenigsberg has posted a Fedora Summit wrap-up with link to the respective Fedora Wiki pages. The topics covered include opening the core, new Fedora build system, architecture, Fedora LiveCD, OpenID, and the modified release process. For the uninformed, Greg DeKoenigsberg is the community development manager for Red Hat. We had interviewed him for the release of Fedora Core 5.
In preparation for getting into the Fedora Core 7 swing, a Fedora Summit has been taking place this week at the Red Hat offices in Westford. Today is the last day of this small summit but several Fedora developers have been blogging about what has been discussed, and the Wiki page has also been updated. Some of the blog posts on the Fedora Summit so far have been from Max Spevack (Day 0), Max Spevack (Day 0.5), Jesse Keating (Part 1), Greg DeKoenigsberg (Tomorrow), Greg DeKoenigsberg (A New BugZilla?), Jack Aboutboul (Day 1), Max Spevack (Day 1), Max Spevack (Day 1.5), Jesse Keating (Day 1.5), Greg DeKoenigsberg (Day 1), Max Spevack (Day 2), and Jesse Keating (Day 2).
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.
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