Fedora 21 is now available in beta form following its latest delays. Fedora 21 is still hoped for in official form next month and continues to be shaping up to potentially the best Fedora release ever.
While Fedora 21 Beta is coming next week, if you're wanting to upgrade early to the Fedora 21 packages, it's advised right now against using Fedora's upgrade utility (Fedup) unless you want to potentially trash your system.
While Fedora 21 Beta was delayed, today it received the go ahead to be released next week Tuesday.
At the beginning of today I wrote how the Fedora 21 Beta was pushed back but just by one day. Now after another Go/No-Go meeting today, Fedora 21 beta and all subsequent deadlines have been pushed back by one week.
While the Fedora 21 Alpha release was challenged by multiple delays that put it back one month, the delays aren't over yet. At yesterday's first Go/No-Go meeting for the Fedora 21 Beta, it was determined that the beta release isn't quite ready yet.
The Fedora KDE SIG has put out new packages for the recent releases of KDE Frameworks 5.3 and KDE Plasma 5.1.
While we're still likely at least months out from the official release of Fedora 21, I've been running it a lot since last month's F21 Alpha release and it's been working out very well. Fedora 21 is easily shaping up to be the best Fedora release yet and the stability/saneness of the development packages is also a charming change compared to some of the more notorious Fedora releases of the past.
Going back to 2009 with Fedora 11 has been delta RPM support to enable support with Yum for these packages that just contain the differences between one installed RPM version to the next version. With Fedora frequently pushing down new packages, delta RPMs have allowed those in bandwidth-constrained environments to more easily download updates since the file sizes of the deltas tend to be significantly smaller than full RPMs. Additionally, it's placed less of a burden on the Fedora infrastructure by having less disk space and bandwidth requirements. However, with DNF it looks like Fedora could revert to going back to full RPMs for distribution of updates.
While some having been thinking that Fedora developers might enable the Btrfs file-system by default in Fedora 22, that doesn't appear to be the case. Fedora is unlikely to see Btrfs by default until at least Fedora 23.
Red Hat's Christian Schaller has blogged about the current state of Fedora's Workstation project -- overall it's getting into very good shape -- being in between the alpha and beta stages for Fedora 21.
While Ubuntu/Debian have long preferred Dash as its /bin/sh implementation, in light of the recent Shellshock Bash vulnerability there's a discussion starting about Dash potentially becoming the default shell for Fedora Linux.
It's no secret that Fedora has had a challenging time sticking to their release schedules for a long time. With taking care of blocker bugs, Fedora Linux releases tend to frequently slip -- with Fedora 21 it's about two months behind schedule and we're just past the alpha stage. By the time Fedora 21 actually ships, Fedora 20 will have been at least twelve months old. However, a new release scheduling strategy might be tried starting with Fedora 22.
Here's some benchmarks done of the open-source Radeon driver stack in Fedora 21 to compare the performance of the EXA and GLAMOR 2D acceleration methods.
Continuing in this week's alpha coverage of Fedora 21 are some performance benchmarks comparing it to Fedora 20 and the recent openSUSE 13.2 beta.
Since yesterday I've been testing the Fedora 21 alpha release and it's running quite nicely. I've also been trying out the latest release of DNF on Fedora 21 and it's been working out well as a drop-in replacement to Yum.
As anticipated, Fedora 21 in alpha form was just released this morning.
Fedora 21 in alpha form is finally expected for release today. With Fedora 20 having been released last December and the Fedora 21 release getting continually dragged on due to delays, here's a recap of some of the major changes being worked on for this next Fedora release.
The alpha release of Fedora 21 is finally happening next week! Fedora 21 Alpha was originally scheduled to ship in early August.
Another week with a F21 Alpha Go/No-Go meeting, another delay. We're now starting to wonder whether Fedora 21 final will make it out in 2014.
Jaroslav Reznik of Red Hat announced today that Fedora 21 has slipped by yet another week.
DNF 0.6.1 was released today and this updated open-source package manager picked up a few more features as it's still in pursuit of replacing Yum on Fedora systems.
Today was another FESCo meeting but fortunately no further Fedora 21 delay was announced today, but it could happen with the F21 alpha change deadline being today and the developers trying to get an approved build.
For those curious about what's going on with "Fedora.Next" in revolutionizing the Fedora Linux distribution, Matthew Miller -- Fedora's new Project Leader -- is presenting at LinuxCon Chicago today covering the ongoing working for the Red Hat sponsored distribution.
Ruth Suehle and Tom Callaway are presenting at LinuxCon 2014 Chicago tomorrow about many different Raspberry Pi hacks and other Linux capabilities of these low-cost, low-performance single board computers.
Fedora 21 won't even see its alpha release until September now, it's been delayed by a month compared to when it originally shipped, and there's no guarantee that this is even the last delay to be seen by this long-awaited release.
The Fedora ARM team has been doing a great job at testing and seeing a wide-range of ARM development boards and other consumer devices will work with the upcoming Fedora 21 release.
Aleš Kozumplík announced the release of DNF 0.6 today with the version bump coming as a result of some user sought after functionality.
Josh Boyer of the Fedora kernel team spoke today at the Flock conference in Prague.
While Fedora 21 will be arriving later than anticipated, on the plus side is that the 64-bit ARM support is coming along well and the (indirect) delay gives developers extra time for polishing up this first Fedora Linux release with great AArch64 support.
A Fedora Security Team has been setup to clean up vulnerabilities and other security-related issues present within the popular Linux distribution.
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