First and only Alpha release of Fedora 10 "Cambridge" now available
The Fedora Project has made the first and only Alpha release of Fedora 10 available to download. Fedora 10 is scheduled for release at the end of October. The first pre-release version of the Linux distribution recently dubbed Cambridge already offers many of the next Fedora version's planned improvements – such as better support for infrared remote controls and web cams in both the kernel and applications. The alpha release also contains pre-release versions of GNOME 2.24, KDE 4.1 and Linux kernel 2.6.27 – the finished KDE 4.1 is already available as an update for the Alpha release via the Rawhide development branch. KDE 4.1 has been available for a few days as a test update for the current Fedora 9.
Security auditing is a new feature in Fedora 10 with the addition of Sectool, a security audit and intrusion detection system. Fedora is using a pre-release version of RPM 4.6 for package management. This is a more sophisticated version of RPM, developed by a Red Hat developer within rpm.org, and not the RPM5 RPM fork started by former RPM and Red Hat developer Jeff Johnson.
With support from Red Hat, the Fedora Project's developers have made further improvements to the NetworkManager, which can now also be used to configure Connection Sharing and ad-hoc access points over WiFi. Another addition is a new, "glitch-free" version of the PulseAudio audio server which was given a major overhaul by its author, a Red Hat employee. Fedora now handles audio output using a time-based model rather than interrupts, in the same way as MacOS X or Vista handles it, which is said to help avoid interruptions and clicks and reduce power consumptions during audio playback.
The Fedora developers intend to integrate further additions over the coming weeks as they head towards a Beta version, scheduled for the beginning of September. During this time, testers will be able to receive these updates via the rawhide development branch on an almost daily basis – these will include new kernel versions with the latest changes in the main development branch of the Linux kernel. The Beta release will then be followed by a Preview Release at the beginning of October, with the plan being to release Fedora 10 on 28. October.