Fedora 10 Alpha Preview
Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 5 August 2008. Page 2 of 2. 12 Comments

As a feature that will please many who use Fedora or a derivative of it for media playback or a HTPC (Home Theater PC), Fedora 10 will have improved support for remote controls. LIRC, or the Linux Infrared Remote Control, is scheduled for a few improvements within Fedora to make it easier to configure infrared remote controls. Right now LIRC requires editing several configuration files by hand and other work to setup infrared remote controls. As one of the steps for improving this process, gnome-lirc-properties (a GUI for configuring LIRC within GNOME) has been accepted into Fedora and a number of LIRC patches are also present.

Security is a big concern for many users and the security support within Fedora 10 will get even better. Fedora 10 will ship with secTool, which is a security audit system and intrusion detection system. For easy management, it does include a graphical front-end for managing this security system. Fedora 10 should ship with the Linux 2.6.27 kernel and among many other improvements and new drivers it will feature the gspcav2 driver. This GSPCA driver V4L version 2 driver greatly expands the number of supported web cameras under Linux. Other web-camera improvements are also planned for Fedora 10. Fedora 10 also marks the death of RHGB, or the Red Hat Graphical Boot. Red Hat is replacing RHGB with Plymouth. Plymouth is a new project of Red Hat's that aims for a new graphical boot process and it will integrate new technologies such as kernel-based mode-setting. For more information, check out Red Hat Replaces RHGB With Plymouth.

RPM 4.6 is finally getting close to release and as a result, Fedora will be adopting this new version, which does bring several needed features (and bug fixes) for RPM packages. Originally, X.Org 7.4 with X Server 1.5 was supposed to ship with Fedora 9 but it wasn't released in time. X.Org 7.4 still hasn't been released, but a pre-release shipped with Fedora 9. However, hopefully by the time Fedora 10 ships we'll finally see X.Org 7.4 released along with Mesa 7.1. Another feature for Fedora 10 will be improved Haskell functional programming language support.

We will have more on Fedora 10 as its release in October nears. The beta release of Fedora 10 is planned for September 2nd.

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