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01 October 2008, 10:22

Fedora 10's only beta release arrives

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The Fedora Project, has released the first and only beta version of Fedora 10 (Cambridge) for x86-32, x86-64 and PPC systems to download from mirrors and from the Bittorrent Tracker. The release comes after the Fedora Project celebrated its fifth birthday a week ago.

The beta should have been ready a month ago, but its release was delayed by the troubles surrounding the break-in to the server infrastructure and by the discovery of bugs during the preparation of the beta. The completion of Fedora 10 has been affected too; the new schedule has the full release of Fedora 10 set for November 25th instead of late October.

It is claimed that all the major enhancements of Fedora 10 have already been incorporated into the beta. Kernel-based mode setting and Plymouth improve the boot-up process because the kernel sets the desired graphics mode shortly after booting and during the now-faster boot-up process the system displays a graphical splash screen. The subsequent switch-over to the X Server is also said to be faster and performed without a disturbing flicker thanks to kernel-based mode setting. The Fedora Project is also making a major changeover to RPM 4.6 and switching the graphical theme to the Echo Icon theme. There are also many improvements in the support for and handling of printers, webcams, remote controls and Connection Sharing.

The package maintainers of the Red Hat-supported distribution have updated the software, which consists of approximately 6200 source packages, for the current versions. A pre-release version of Linux 2.6.27 is used as the beta releases kernel, but the Fedora developers have taken the precaution of disabling the e1000e driver, which appears to be jointly responsible for overwriting data in the EEPROM of Intel's network chip. KDE version 4.1.1 is included, but that is also available as a regular update for the current Fedora 9. The GNOME Desktop 2.24 in Fedora 10 is a pre-release version, having only received its final release in the last few days. Users of the beta will be able to get the final version and other bug fixes in the form of daily updates from the Rawhide developer tree. These updates will then be brought together in a preview release build for testing in early November.


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