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11 February 2010, 11:32

Fedora 12 installation media updated

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Fedora Logo The Fedora-related Fedora Unity project has made respins of Fedora 12, which was released last autumn, available to download as ISO files for i386 and x86_64 systems. The respins are updated versions of the traditional CD and DVD installation media of Fedora 12 which already contain many updates that have since been released; once installation via such a respin is complete, users only need to install the package updates released by the Fedora project in the past few days.

While the project doesn't offer any respins of the live media ("spins") of Fedora 12, which are also suitable for installation, these can easily be created within Fedora 12 using the livecd-creator program and the kickstart files in the "fedora-kickstarts" package.

At the same time, the Fedora project is developing version 13 of the Linux distribution at full speed. The new version's features freeze took place last Tuesday. Next week, the developers plan to start the freeze of the alpha code in preparation for the alpha release scheduled for early March.

While new versions of Fedora have previously been created exclusively in the distribution's main "Rawhide" development branch, Fedora 13 uses a new approach which involves branching off the development of the forthcoming version between the feature freeze and the alpha freeze while already preparing the next-version-but-one within Rawhide. This requires some adjustments to the file system layout on servers and is intended to create more stable versions of Fedora without slowing down the development branch while a new version is in progress.

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