Fedora 9 Alpha Preview. Codename “Sulphur”

Jesse Keating has announced the availability of Fedora 9 Alpha, the first development release of Fedora 9.The Alpha release provides the first opportunity for the wider community to become involved with the testing of Rawhide: representing a sanitised snapshot of Fedora’s development branch, which sees rapid changes and will become the next major release, it should boot on the majority of systems, providing both an opportunity to get a look at what new features will be included in the next release and also an opportunity to provide feedback and bug reports to help ensure that the next release is as good as possible.

Release Overview : -

  1. Kernel 2.6.24 : – Fedora 9 Alpha features a 2.6.24 based kernel. 2.6.24 includes CPU “group scheduling”, memory fragmentation avoidance, tickless support for x86-64/ppc and other architectures, many new wireless drivers and a new wireless configuration interface, SPI/SDIO MMC support, USB authorization, per-device dirty memory thresholds, support for PID and network namespaces, support for static probe markers, read-only bind mounts, SELinux performance improvements, SATA link power management and port multiplier support, Large Receive Offload in network devices, memory hot-remove support, a new framework for controlling the idle processor power management, CIFS ACLs support, many new drivers and many other features and fixes.
  2. GNOME 2.21 Development Release : – GNOME 2.21 brings many improvements, not least of which is the introduction of GVFS and GIO as a replacement for GNOME VFS by Fedora developer and nautilus maintainer AlexanderLarsson. GVFS introduces many benefits including performance improvements, queuing multiple file transfers and additional security benefits through the use of PolicyKit, which is developed and maintained by Fedora developer DavidZeuthen and was first introduced in Fedora 8. Read the rest of this entry »

Fedora 9 Roadmap!

Although Fedora 8 just got released, the developers are thinking about the features which are going to be included in the next release, Fedora 9. There are no approved features yet, but the community is working on providing material for developers to choose from.

Let’s take a look at nine of the proposed features for Fedora 9, with a few details about them:

  1. New Gnome Display Manager - The users want an enhanced rewritten version of the fast and popular display manager, with better fast-user-switching, better ConsoleKit integration, the dynamical configuration of displays, and much more.
  2. KDE 4 – They really, really want the fourth version of KDE included in Fedora and the Fedora KDE spin! KDE 4 will replace KDE 3, removing the KDE 3 installations from a given system. The packages containing games will meet some problems, because they were designed for KDE3, resulting in some conflicts and instability issues.
  3. Fedora Astronomy Spin – It seems there are many astronomers and astrophysicists if a Live media spin (that fits on CD) was requested. At this moment there is no distribution which offers a set of professional open-source tools for astronomers and astrophysicists. Fedora would benefit a lot from such an option, extending its community to universities and to the fore-mentioned categories.
  4. PackageKit - Some people recommend the distribution-neutral alternative package management front-end. It has no stable release yet, but it’s under heavy development, so we could have one soon. It supports yum and other package management back-ends. If PackageKit is included, the package management in Fedora would be much easier.
  5. RandR Support - The Xrandr extension is the modern interface shown by X servers for configuring devices like monitors, LCD screens etc. If this is introduced in Fedora 9, the distribution will have modern display configuration and hotplugging support, similar to Ubuntu’s displayconfig-gtk.
  6. Bluetooth enhancements - People want these so a better communication can be established between the computer and other devices with Bluetooth capabilities.
  7. More NetworkManager - System wide NetworkManager integration is what the community wants. Features recommended for Fedora 9 are included in Fedora 8, so you will get a little bit used to them until the next release.
  8. Presto - This will bring support for binary delta packages for updates. The main advantage would be the great amount of bandwidth and time saved. For this, there is some work to do on the yum-presto plugin, including it by default.
  9. RPM and Yum Improvements – The enhancements might bring faster performance with less memory consumption, somewhere below 100MB for most cases if things go well.

These features could be the nine reasons to choose Fedora 9 when it will be released, hopefully with everything that’s useful for all the types of users included. Until then, you should download Fedora 8 and try it out, maybe you’ll fall in love with it.

Source : Releases/9 – Fedora Project Wiki

Fedora 8 Preview : Werewolf Unleased !

So its here .. The Werewolf unleashed and the oldest company in Linux world Red Hat has launched a new version of Fedora ..So lets take a quick view of it …

PulseAudio : PulseAudio is a sound daemon that brings ear candy to Linux users (Fedora users actually… until other distributions release it too). It allows you to have different volumes for different applications, hot-plugging support for USB sound devices, very low latency and support for audio over the network. Moreover, PulseAudio allows you to dynamically move the audio stream between applications or different systems!

Codec Buddy: Yeah, I know you’ve already heard rumors about this one too… Codec Buddy is Fedora’s response to the magical Totem feature in Ubuntu, introduced in the 7.04 (Feisty Fawn) release, that will automatically download necessary codecs for different audio and video streams, such as MP3, DivX or DVD playback.

New Look and Feel:Fedora 8 just got pimped! It has a new wallpaper, a new default theme created especially for this version. You should know that the wallpaper is magical! Why? Because depending on the time of day it changes color to reflect outdoor conditions: at mid-day, for example, it is a bright blue, while at sunset it shifts to include a warm-orange hue.

system-config-firewall: The New Graphical Firewall Configuration Tool: You can tweak and administer the firewall settings on your system via system-config-firewall very easily in Fedora 8, you now even have a wizard for configuring step by step the firewall!


Enhanced Printer Management:
When a new printer is added to the system, Fedora will automatically enable a driver and create a queue for it. If an exact driver for the printer model is not found, one for a closer model or generic driver is used.

Bluetooth integration: Gnokii can receive now out-of-band notifications for new SMSes within the AT driver, so if you have a Sony Ericsson or Samsung phone, you can finally use gnome-phone-manager.

Java Support through IcedTea:IcedTea was created to remove OpenJDK’s binary encumbrances and enable Java for use on a completely free and open source system. Now, Java applets are supported out of the box for bot x86 and x86_64 architectures, thanks to an improved gcjwebplugin.

Improved Network Management : NetworkManager was mostly rewritten to bring better stability, flexibility and usability. Features like Bluetooth connection, dial-up networking support and more will let you do your job better.

Improved Laptop Support: For those of you who use laptops, Fedora comes with enhanced power management, better support for suspend/resume and multimedia keys through integration of more quirks. Check it out, there is more for you!

Compiz and Compiz-Fusion: Fedora 8 makes the same move as Ubuntu and installs Compiz by default, so you can enjoy the eye-candy and usability improvements. Although it is not enabled from the start, you can do that via the Preferences -> Desktop Effects menu.

Package Management Improvements: Pirut now has a fresh repository editor that eases the way you add, remove, enable and disable repositories. Some other improvements, like installing packages from physical media, will make many users glad when they use Fedora 8.

Online Desktop The GNOME Online Desktop is a tool that transforms your desktop in the perfect window for online applications like GMail, Photobucket, Facebook, Ebay and many more. It is now included in Fedora 8′s repositories, so if you want to try it, just install the “online-desktop” package.

Security Improvements Fedora 8 comes packed up with a lot of security fixes, like the support for passwords using SHA256 and SHA512 hashing in the glibc package. Also, FORTIFY_SOURCE is now enhanced to cover C++ in addition to C, preventing a great number of security breaches.

PolicyKit: PolicyKit is a new toolkit, developed for controlling privileges of all services which enables very fine grained isolation of higher privileges to small services or non-graphical applications.

Secure remote management for Xen, KVM & QEMU: From now on, libvirt Xen and KVM management API can be used from a remote host, with SSL/TLS encryption and x509 certificates for client authentication, securely and with not so many worries.

Translation Infrastructure: Transifex Transifex is a free and open source web system that eases the process of submitting translations in various source control management systems. It was created to help translators do more stuff, by eliminating the need so subscribe to a VCS and learn its commands.

Meet Rsyslog: the new system logging daemon : Rsyslog adds a lot of advantages over sysklogd, as TCP based network transport for log messages, database backend, secure transport over the network and some other features.

Fedora Eclipse : Fedora Eclipse has been upgraded and is now based on Eclipse 3.3. Some plugins are included, which provide more functionality, like JDT – the set of tools for Java programming including advanced editors, debugging features, etc. Pydev – tools for writing python and more.

Download :Fedora Project

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1 Released!

Red Hat, the Open Source leader, is proud to announce the 5.1 release of their Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system. Powered by the 2.6.18-53.el5 Linux kernel, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1 comes with the following improvements:

Virtualization improvements

  • Completion of virtualization support on Itanium2 platforms;
  • Improved support for FV guests;
  • Update of the libvirt management layer;
  • New Xen 3.1.0 hypervisor (and updates to libvirt and userspace to work against hypervisor ABI);
  • AMDV support for domain migration and save/restore;
  • Added Kexec/Kdump support for the host in a
  • virtualized environment.

Kernel improvements

  • Improved ACPI power management support including support for S3 suspend to RAM and S4 hibernate;
  • Support for installation to and boot from dm-multipath;
  • Updated SATA subsystem;
  • Ext3 filesystem now fully supports filesystem sizes of up to 16TB;
  • Updated CIFS to version 1.48aRH;
  • IPMI and HPI updates;
  • Updated Infiniband support to OFED1.2 version including RDMA over Ethernet;
  • Expanded in-kernel socket API;
  • IPv6 improvements;
  • Added support for shared page table for hugetlb pages.

Hardware improvements

Updated drivers:

  • 3w-9xxx, aacraid, aic79xx, aic94xx, alsa, arcmsr, b44, bnx2, cciss, chelsio, e1000, ipmi, ipw2100, ipw2200, ixgb, lpfc, megaraid, megaraid_sas, mpt-fusion, pci, powernow-k8, qla2xxx, qla3xxx, qla4xxx, s2io, sky2, spidernet, stex, tg3.

Added drivers:

  • e1000e, forcedeth, netxen_nic, xinput.

Other highlights include:

  • Improved auditing;
  • Smartcard support for SSH;
  • Integration of LSPP certification related changes;
  • Samba update for improved interoperability;
  • PAM/Kerberos and NSS-LDAP updates for improved integration in Active Directory environments;
  • Improvements to the “crash”-analysis tool;
  • Added replication and migration support for NFSv4 referrals;
  • Improved support for autofs load balancing with replicated servers.

Download : http://www.redhat.com/download/mirror.html

Fedora 8 Test 2 Released: Compiz Fusion on the Go!

The Fedora Project is a Red-Hat-sponsored and community-supported open source project. It is also a proving ground for a new technology that may eventually make its way into Red Hat products. It is not a supported product of Red Hat, Inc.

The goal of The Fedora Project is to work with the Linux community in order to build a complete, general purpose operating system exclusively from free software. Development will be done in a public forum. The project will produce time-based releases of Fedora Core about 2-3 times a year with a public release schedule.

Fedora project team has released the second Alpha of the upcoming Fedora 8 Linux distribution. Test 2 features a 2.6.23 Linux kernel and the following improvements:

  • A brand new graphical firewall configuration tool, system-config-firewall replaces system-config-securitylevel
  • Iced Tea, a free and open source Java environment from Red Hat and others derived from OpenJDK as well as a browser plugin based on GCJ that takes advantage of Iced Tea is available and installed by default.
  • Compiz Fusion, the compositing window manager from the remerge of Compiz and Beryl is installed by default. You can easily enable it in GNOME via the desktop effects preference option. There is ongoing Xorg work to enable Compiz by default.
  • There is a new look and feel for this release called Infinity from the Fedora Art team.
  • GNOME 2.19.
  • KDE 3.5.7
  • Nodoka, a fresh new GNOME theme created specially for Fedora!
  • PulseAudio is now installed and enabled by default. PulseAudio is an advanced sound server which is compatible with nearly all existing Linux sound systems and allows for hot-switching audio outputs, individual volume controls for each audio stream, networked audio and more.

Fedora 8 is promising new features like:

  • Optional replacement for GNOME panel that uses online services via mugshot;
  • Enhanced Bluetooth support;
  • Fedora 8 Bookmarks;
  • Make core dumps self-identifying enough to find the exact correct versions of all relevant binaries and debuginfo;
  • Buddy Helper app promotes Free alternatives and guides users
  • trying to play content under restricted codecs;
  • Fix the dictionary proliferation problem;
  • Integrating KDE 4.0, a new major version of KDE;
  • Improved support for using Fedora on Laptops;
  • Support for Nepali Language;
  • Nodoka, new default theme for GNOME;
  • We need to remove pam_console and migrate all users to use the ACLs as set by HAL;
  • Easy and painless administration;
  • Using delta RPM updates by default. Saves heavy amount of bandwidth and time for updates;
  • Feature rich sound server (Pulse Audio);
  • Make rsyslog the new default syslog daemon. Rsyslog has an assorted set of new features that make system administration easier;
  • TeXLive 2007 inclusion;
  • Make the default x86_64 kernel tickless;
  • Secure remote mangement for Xen, KVM & QEMU virtualization;
  • Powertop is included. Need to start tracking egregious offenders;
  • Don’t start XFS font server daemon by default and fix font packages. Savings on performance and bootup time;
  • Use and integrate XULRunner which is the Gecko browser engine separated from the user interface.

Fedora 8 release schedule:

  • 7 August 2007 – Fedora 8 Test1 release
  • 28 August 2007 – Fedora 8 FEATURE freeze, Fedora 8 string freeze, Fedora 8 Test2 development freeze
  • 13 September 2007 – Fedora 8 Test2 Release
  • 25 September 2007 – Fedora 8 translation freeze, Fedora 8 Test3 development freeze
  • 4 October 2007 – Fedora 8 Test3 Release
  • 23 October 2007 – Final devel freeze
  • 8 November 2007 – Fedora 8 General Availability

Download : Fedora Project

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