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Inside Fedora Core 6

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.
13 October 2006

Fedora 6 Release Slip

Fedora Core 6 was slated for release on October 11, however, the announcement has just come out by means of the mailing list that the release has been pushed back to October 17. At this point there are five critical bugs left that developers would like to see addressed -- ranging from 256MB of system memory will stall Anaconda to an SELinux issue with updating the kernel on Power PC. The official announcement can be found here. We can only hope that Fedora Core 6 will make it out by October 17.
6 October 2006

Boston Summit 2006

GNOME is having their Bostom Summit 2006 this weekend at the MIT Media Lab. This summit is a three-day hackfest for developers and contributors. There is also an embedded device hackfest, GNOME accessibility summit, and text layout summit. More on the GNOME Bostom Summit 2006 can be found on the GNOME Live Wiki. Chris Blizzard also posted some instructions this afternoon on his blog.
6 October 2006

Fedora Core 6 Pre-Release

While the release of Fedora Core 6 is still scheduled for October 11, and the final Test release (FC6T3) was pushed out earlier this month, Red Hat has pushed out a FC6 pre-release. FC6pre is a near final copy of Fedora Core 6 but there are still a few known bugs left. Links to the images and the announcement is on the mailing list.
30 September 2006

Fedora Core 6 Test 3

The third and final test release is now available for the upcoming Fedora Core 6. Fedora Core 6 Test 3 (FC6T3) delivers GNOME 2.16.0, KDE 3.5.3, yum install repositories from Anaconda installer, new default font, Compiz window manager using AIGLX, notification bubbles for software updates, improved startup performance (DT_GNU_HASH), Xen improvements, setroubleshoot for SELinux, integrated smart card capabilities, improved X auto-configuration, and new Fedora artwork. The official release announcement can be read here.
14 September 2006

Fedora Core Re-Spins & LiveCD

Robert Jensen has passed along word on the fedora-announce-list that the Fedora Unity project has released their re-spin of Fedora Core 5, as well as ISOs for the Fedora Core LiveCD using Kadischi. The Fedora Core 5 re-spin contains all FC5 official updates as of 2006-08-18 and is available for i386 and x86_64 architectures. The Fedora Core Live spin is based on Fedora Core 5 Bordeaux with all updates to 2006-08-21. Also available are LiveCDs based upon Fedora Core 6 Test 2 (FC6T2). Grab all of these ISOs as torrents over at Fedora Unity.
28 August 2006

64-bit FC6 Kadischi

Chitlesh Goorah has placed a request on his blog for help with Kadischi testing. Primarily the Kadischi Team and Fedora Unity are interested in participants to help out on x86_64 testing of Kadischi with Fedora Core 6 Test 2 (FC6T2). Kadischi is the tool to create Fedora-based LiveCDs, and more is available on the Wiki.
26 August 2006

Fedora Core 6 Test 2

Fedora Core 6 Test 2 is now out after a Xen delay late last month. Among the notable highlights in FC6T2 include all packages are recompiled (built using Mock, packages also now have proper BuildRequires), ability to install from additional yum repositories during the Anaconda/KickStart installation, Java web applet from gcjwebplugin, new default font, package updates and upgrades, and Fedora Core 6 Extras. The preferred method of download is using Torrents, and Jesse's Fedora Core 6 Test 2 announcement is available here. Fedora Core 6 Test 3 (FC6T3) is scheduled for release on September 11, while the final Fedora Core 6 release is tentatively scheduled for October 9, 2006.
7 August 2006

Fedora Core 6T2 Delayed, Again

After the first delay of Fedora Core 6 Test 2, Jeremy Katz has announced a second delay. This time it is due to the 2.6.18-rc kernel and issues presented with Xen. The delay will occur till Xen is working properly, which looks like it might happen on July 24. If they meet the Monday deadline, Fedora Core 6 Test 2 would be released on July 26. More updates to come soon.
18 July 2006

Fedora Core 6 Delays

Due to the integration of DT_GNU_HASH changes for binutils and glibc, Fedora Core 6 Test 2 (FC6T2) has been delayed by one week. These changes will bring up to an approximate 50% speed-up in dynamic linking, however, a complete rebuild is necessary. Due to this Fedora Core 6 rebuild, the freeze date for Test 2 (the feature freeze release) is now on Wednesday, July 19, 2006. The release date for this next testing release will be on July 21, 2006. However, this delay has also pushed back the final Fedora Core 6 release from September 27 to October 4. The updated and preliminary Fedora Core Schedule can be found in the Wiki.
7 July 2006

Fedora Core 6 Test 1

As expected, immediately at 10:00AM EDT the Red Hat server, and the Fedora Core mirrors are beginning to unlock with the ISOs for Fedora Core 6 Test 1 (5.90). So far, at 10:07AM many of these mirrors still appear to be locked, but we have found a few open ones -- such as the Linux FTP Duke server. We are in the process of acquiring Fedora Core 6 Test 1, and should hopefully have up a report this afternoon. More is at Fedora.
21 June 2006

Open Video Contest (Fedora)

Creative Commons and the Fedora Project are pleased to announce the Open Video Contest taking place now. The contest promotes flexible copyright, open media formats and the Fedora Project. Entries must be 30 seconds or less, in OGG Theora format, promote freedom and openness, and be released under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 license. http://creativecommons.org/video/openvideocontest/
19 June 2006

Fedora This Week

Max Spevack, the chairman of the Fedora Project Board, has updated his blog with a few details with what has been going on this week and last. After the end of the Red Hat Summit 2006, Max and other Fedorians had continued the energy into this week, according to his blog. Some of the Fedora progress made includes beginning to figure out two more FUDCons this year, working on x86 Mac Intel boxes for Fedora, the announcement of a Fedora Core 5 re-spin from Fedora Unity, and a read-only copy of the Fedora Advisory Board. Max Spevack's blog post can be found here.
9 June 2006

Fedora Board Update

The Wiki summary of the Fedora Project board meeting is now available. Topics discussed at today's meeting included version control, possible Brazil FUDCon, Red Hat Summit, and other Fedora details.
6 June 2006

Fedora Interview Program

The Fedora Project has launched Fedora Interview, which has a goal to present quickly the contributors behind the Fedora Project. All of these contributors explain in a few words what their role is with this popular Linux distribution. More on Fedora Interview can be found in the Wiki.
4 June 2006

Fedora Core 5 Re-Spin

Robert "Bob" Jensen has passed along word on the Fedora Announcement List of the Fedora Unity Project re-spinning the FC5 i386 and x86_64 ISOs with the latest updates. While performing the RPM updates after a fresh install isn't much of a problem if they are all lodged on a local yum server, or some external media, for new users the hundreds of updates can certainly be overwhelming -- as well as taking a long while to complete. The Fedora Unity Project is attempting on re-spinning the Fedora Core ISOs on a routine basis and then to offer these DVD ISOs to the public. The first re-spin available is dated from May 23, 2006 and contains all official Fedora Core 5 updates to that point. At this time, the Fedora Core 5 Re-Spin 20060523 is only available through Bit Torrent. We at Phoronix will certainly give these re-spins a try, and more information is at Fedora Unity.
1 June 2006

New Fedora Development Layout

Jesse Keating has announced a change in the Fedora development tree layout. More on this is in the Fedora Wiki.
17 May 2006

Fedora Core Package Cleaning

Will Woods of Red Hat has announced on the Red Hat announcement list the start of a Fedora Core package cleanup project. The intentions of this cleaning are to improve the quality of the Fedora Core RPM packages -- to get them to a higher standard, similar to the Fedora Extras repository with Mock building. I'm announcing the start of a new QA project, and I'm asking for your help. In the past, Core packages have not been held to the same standards as Extras. We want to fix this! We're starting by cleaning up the spec files so that Core packages can all be built using Mock. (If you aren't familiar with Mock, it's a cool RPM build tool that we use to build Fedora Extras.) This is where you come in: We need people to attempt Mock builds of Fedora Core packages, and file bugs when they find packages that don't build. Doing so will earn you the thanks and respect of your peers, but as an added incentive we're going to give away free stuff (!) to people who help out. Filing a bug on a broken package will earn you one Karma Point. If you include a patch that makes that package build successfully, you'll get five Karma Points. These will be redeemable for cool stuff from the Red Hat Cool Stuff Store (at an exchange rate to be determined once we figure out how much stuff we're actually allowed to give away :) For more info, check out: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA/FixBuildRequires Ok? OK! Let's get testin'! -w
13 May 2006

Fedora Board Update - Matt Domsch

Max Spevack has announced that the new community member for the Fedora Project Board at this time is Matt Domsch -- a Linux Software Architect for Dell. Matt Domsch is a Linux Software Architect for Dell. He has been developing, debugging, testing, and fixing aspects of Linux since 1999. He maintains DKMS and efibootmgr userspace apps, edd, efivars and ppp_mppe kernel modules, and has contributed to the maintenance of many other kernel modules. Matt maintains several packages in Fedora Extras. Matt was a member of the 2004 and 2005 Ottawa Linux Symposium Program Committee. Matt holds a BS in Computer Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a MS in Computer Science from Vanderbilt University.
9 May 2006

Fedora Music List

Greg DeKoenigsberg (click here for our most recent interview with Red Hat's PR man), has announced the creation of the Fedora Music list. This is designed to include Planet CCRMA into the Fedora Extras repository. It looks like we've got some critical mass forming here, so I figured I'd go ahead and announce it. We've been working with Fernando Lopez-Lezcano of Planet CCRMA, the popular Fedora-based music distribution, to see about bringing Planet CCRMA under the Extras umbrella. So feel free to join the conversation:
7 May 2006

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