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Fedora 11 Beta:
 
Fedora 11 Beta:
  
 
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When Fedora 10 was released, users and press alike gushed: "Slick and stable... has a rock solid feel." "Fast and easy." "A great release." What's next for the free operating system that shows off the best new technology of tomorrow?  You can find out at:
<!-- Well, the gang at the Fedora project is at it again.  Not content to
 
sit on their laurels after the wildly successful release of Fedora
 
10, they are ready to give us a peek at Fedora 11, code named
 
Leonidas.
 
 
 
 
 
The wait is over, you can get the Beta of Fedora 11 now, simply
 
by navigating to:-->
 
 
 
Is a better operating system than Fedora 10 even possible?  After all, this is
 
the distro that prompted Linux Format magazine, on the cover of their February
 
issue, to exclaim "Fedora 10 kicks ... ass".  Well, you are about to find
 
outThe folks at the Fedora Project have made the Beta of Fedora 11
 
available at:
 
  
 
http://fedoraproject.org/get-prerelease
 
http://fedoraproject.org/get-prerelease
  
 
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We also hope to repeat the crazy success of Fedora 10's Beta
They hope to repeat the crazy success of Fedora 10's Beta
 
 
contest! Test five things in the Beta that are important to  
 
contest! Test five things in the Beta that are important to  
 
you as a user. If you find a bug *and* report it, you get  
 
you as a user. If you find a bug *and* report it, you get  
 
the free attention of a package maintainer on a problem  
 
the free attention of a package maintainer on a problem  
personally important to you!  
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personally important to you! Do your part to make Fedora 11 that much better.
 
 
https://bugzilla.redhat.com
 
 
 
 
 
Do your part to make Fedora 11 that much better.
 
  
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https://bugzilla.redhat.com/
  
 
Among the top features of this ground-breaking release:
 
Among the top features of this ground-breaking release:
  
 
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* '''Automatic Fonts & Mime Installer''' - Allows programs on the desktop to automatically install applications, fonts, multimedia capabilities, and clipart.
* '''Automatic Fonts & Mime Installer''' - Allows programs on the desktop to automatically install applications, fonts, multimedia codecs and clipart.
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* '''Fingerprint Readers''' - Better experience for systems with fingerprint readers, including support through the graphical Authentication Configuration tool and gnome-about-me.
 
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* '''Intel, ATI, and Nvidia kernel modesetting''' - Fedora 10 provided the first steps by a major distribution in using the kernel modesetting (KMS) feature to speed up graphical boot. Fedora 11 has increased the video card coverage of the KMS feature, with more to come.  
* '''Fingerprint''' - Better Out-of-the-box experience for systems with fingerprint readers including support through the graphical Authentication Configuration tool and gnome-about-me.
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* '''Virt Console''' - Fedora 11 provides more accurate mouse pointer positioning and higher screen resolutions for virtual machine consoles, along with other improvements such as simpler use of USB devices.
 
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* '''MinGW Cross-compiler''' - Build and test full-featured Microsoft Windows programs, from the comfort of a Fedora system, without needing to use that "other OS."
* '''Desktop Environments''' - Updates to Gnome 2.26 and KDE 4.2 incorporate new features for these popular desktops.  Xfce and Sugar have also been updated.
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* '''Volume Control''' - The multimedia experience of Fedora users is improved by an easily understandable and much more flexible volume control.
 
 
* '''Minimal Platform''' - Enable small installations for a server or desktop appliance.
 
 
 
* '''Virt Console''' - Fedora 11 provides more accurate mouse pointer positioning and higher screen resolutions for virtual machine consoles. Fedora 11 guests default to a screen resolution of at least 1024x768, and are provided with a USB tablet in absolute coordinate mode.  
 
 
 
* '''Volume Control''' - The multimedia experience of Fedora users is improved by an easily understandable and much more flexible volume control model.
 
 
 
  
 
But wait, there's more!  For developers there are all sorts of goodies:
 
But wait, there's more!  For developers there are all sorts of goodies:
  
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* '''Python 2.6''' - This new version in Fedora is a precursor to Python 3000 (3.0), including many compatibility measures to help developers get their code prepared for the next generation of Python.
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* '''NetBeans 6.5''' - NetBeans IDE 6.5 is a significant update of NetBeans IDE 6.1 that includes improved JavaScript, AJAX, Ruby, and database support.
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* '''gcc 4.4''' - The gcc compiler suite has been updated to the latest version, featuring better error detection for the latest in safety and execution.
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* '''Eclipse profiling tools''' - Add the power of various native profiling tools into the Eclipse IDE and integrate with the rest of the development environment.
  
* '''Windows Cross-compiler''' - Build and test full-featured Windows programs, from the comfort of the Fedora system, without needing to use Windows.
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Peek under the hood and there is still more:
 
 
* '''Python 2.6''' - Include Python 2.6 in Fedora.
 
 
 
* '''NetBeans 6.5''' - NetBeans IDE 6.5 is a significant update of NetBeans IDE 6.1 which ensures that the latest version is available to developers.
 
 
 
* '''gcc 4.4''' - Switch GCC in Fedora 11 to 4.4 Rebuild all packages with gcc 4.4
 
 
 
* '''Eclipse profiling tools''' - Add the power of various native profiling tools into the Eclipse IDE and integrate with the rest of the development environment. Specifically add Linux Tools, OProfile, and Valgrind integration.
 
 
 
 
 
Peek behind the kimono and there is still more:
 
 
 
 
 
* '''Intel,  ATI and  Nvidia kernel modesetting''' - Fedora 10 provided the first steps by a major distribution into using the kernel modesetting (KMS) feature to speed up graphical boot. We indicated at the time that we would be adding greater support for additional video cards as time went on. KMS originally was featured only on some ATI cards. In Fedora 11, this work is extended to include many more video cards, including Intel and Nvidia, and additional ATI as well. Although not fully complete, we have increased enormously the video card coverage of the KMS feature, with more to come.
 
 
 
* '''Anaconda Storage''' - New storage code to use udev for detection of block devices and rewritten modules for management of partitions (pyparted), LVM, Software RAID, and block device encryption (pycryptsetup). The rewrite does not change the user interface.
 
  
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* '''Desktop Environments''' - Updates to Gnome 2.26 and KDE 4.2.1 bring the latest innovations and functionality to desktop users.  Xfce and Sugar have also been updated.
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* '''Anaconda Storage''' - New storage code for the Anaconda installer improves the ability to handle new types of storage. The rewrite does not change the user interface.
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* '''Minimal Platform''' - New installer features make it much easier to create very small installations for embedded applications, such as for a server or desktop appliance.
 
* '''Control groups''' - Allows system administrator to partition the system resources into different sub groups, and dedicate these sub groups resources to different applications' need.
 
* '''Control groups''' - Allows system administrator to partition the system resources into different sub groups, and dedicate these sub groups resources to different applications' need.
 
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* '''DeviceKit''' - A simple, modular system service to manage devices and designed to partially replace HAL. Users gain a graphical disk management application that integrates nicely into the desktop.  
* '''DeviceKit''' - A simple, modular system service to manage devices and designed to partially replace hal. Users gain a graphical disk management application called palimpsest which integrates nicely into the desktop.  
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* '''DNS Security''' - DNSSEC (DNS SECurity) is a mechanism that can prove integrity and authenticity of DNS data.  
 
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* '''ext4 filesystem''' - ext4 is the new default file system for Fedora 11 (replacing ext3) allowing for larger file system support and better performance by providing real-time fragmentation prevention and smarter data allocations.
* '''DNS Security''' - DNSSEC (DNS SECurity) is mechanism which can prove integrity and authenticity of DNS data.  
 
 
 
* '''ext4 filesystem''' - Make ext4 the default files system for anaconda-driven installs (replacing ext3). User should notice generally better performance, and benefit from things like persistent preallocation when using updated torrent clients, etc.
 
 
 
 
* '''sVirt MAC''' - sVirt integrates SELinux with the Fedora virtualization stack to allow Mandatory Access Control (MAC) security be applied to guest virtual machines
 
* '''sVirt MAC''' - sVirt integrates SELinux with the Fedora virtualization stack to allow Mandatory Access Control (MAC) security be applied to guest virtual machines
 
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* '''Power Management''' - Fedora 11 includes new power monitoring utilities and a new system daemon that automatically adjusts power settings to reflect the current system use.  There is also a facility to review the system and make suggestions on improving power consumption.
 
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* '''IBus input method''' - Ibus has been rewritten in C, and provides a simple, clean default system for changing the way international users input information into a Fedora system.
  
 
And that is only the beginning. A more complete list and details of each new cited feature is available:
 
And that is only the beginning. A more complete list and details of each new cited feature is available:
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http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/11/FeatureList
 
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For release information, including common and known bugs, please refer to the
 
 
For release information, including common and known bugs, please see our
 
 
release notes:
 
release notes:
  
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/11/Beta/ReleaseNotes
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http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Fedora_11_Beta_release_notes
  
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Since this is a Beta release, there may still be some rough spots still in the polishing phase.  Some of them are already known and in the process of fixing.  If you find a problem, please check the list of known issues and then file a bug:
  
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http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Fedora_11_Beta_release_notes#Known_Issues
  
[[Category:Docs Project]]
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https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla
  
[[Category:Draft Documentation]]
 
  
 
[[Category:F11]]
 
[[Category:F11]]

Latest revision as of 18:02, 21 November 2009

Fedora 11 Beta:

When Fedora 10 was released, users and press alike gushed: "Slick and stable... has a rock solid feel." "Fast and easy." "A great release." What's next for the free operating system that shows off the best new technology of tomorrow? You can find out at:

http://fedoraproject.org/get-prerelease

We also hope to repeat the crazy success of Fedora 10's Beta contest! Test five things in the Beta that are important to you as a user. If you find a bug *and* report it, you get the free attention of a package maintainer on a problem personally important to you! Do your part to make Fedora 11 that much better.

https://bugzilla.redhat.com/

Among the top features of this ground-breaking release:

  • Automatic Fonts & Mime Installer - Allows programs on the desktop to automatically install applications, fonts, multimedia capabilities, and clipart.
  • Fingerprint Readers - Better experience for systems with fingerprint readers, including support through the graphical Authentication Configuration tool and gnome-about-me.
  • Intel, ATI, and Nvidia kernel modesetting - Fedora 10 provided the first steps by a major distribution in using the kernel modesetting (KMS) feature to speed up graphical boot. Fedora 11 has increased the video card coverage of the KMS feature, with more to come.
  • Virt Console - Fedora 11 provides more accurate mouse pointer positioning and higher screen resolutions for virtual machine consoles, along with other improvements such as simpler use of USB devices.
  • MinGW Cross-compiler - Build and test full-featured Microsoft Windows programs, from the comfort of a Fedora system, without needing to use that "other OS."
  • Volume Control - The multimedia experience of Fedora users is improved by an easily understandable and much more flexible volume control.

But wait, there's more! For developers there are all sorts of goodies:

  • Python 2.6 - This new version in Fedora is a precursor to Python 3000 (3.0), including many compatibility measures to help developers get their code prepared for the next generation of Python.
  • NetBeans 6.5 - NetBeans IDE 6.5 is a significant update of NetBeans IDE 6.1 that includes improved JavaScript, AJAX, Ruby, and database support.
  • gcc 4.4 - The gcc compiler suite has been updated to the latest version, featuring better error detection for the latest in safety and execution.
  • Eclipse profiling tools - Add the power of various native profiling tools into the Eclipse IDE and integrate with the rest of the development environment.

Peek under the hood and there is still more:

  • Desktop Environments - Updates to Gnome 2.26 and KDE 4.2.1 bring the latest innovations and functionality to desktop users. Xfce and Sugar have also been updated.
  • Anaconda Storage - New storage code for the Anaconda installer improves the ability to handle new types of storage. The rewrite does not change the user interface.
  • Minimal Platform - New installer features make it much easier to create very small installations for embedded applications, such as for a server or desktop appliance.
  • Control groups - Allows system administrator to partition the system resources into different sub groups, and dedicate these sub groups resources to different applications' need.
  • DeviceKit - A simple, modular system service to manage devices and designed to partially replace HAL. Users gain a graphical disk management application that integrates nicely into the desktop.
  • DNS Security - DNSSEC (DNS SECurity) is a mechanism that can prove integrity and authenticity of DNS data.
  • ext4 filesystem - ext4 is the new default file system for Fedora 11 (replacing ext3) allowing for larger file system support and better performance by providing real-time fragmentation prevention and smarter data allocations.
  • sVirt MAC - sVirt integrates SELinux with the Fedora virtualization stack to allow Mandatory Access Control (MAC) security be applied to guest virtual machines
  • Power Management - Fedora 11 includes new power monitoring utilities and a new system daemon that automatically adjusts power settings to reflect the current system use. There is also a facility to review the system and make suggestions on improving power consumption.
  • IBus input method - Ibus has been rewritten in C, and provides a simple, clean default system for changing the way international users input information into a Fedora system.

And that is only the beginning. A more complete list and details of each new cited feature is available:

http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/11/FeatureList

For release information, including common and known bugs, please refer to the release notes:

http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Fedora_11_Beta_release_notes

Since this is a Beta release, there may still be some rough spots still in the polishing phase. Some of them are already known and in the process of fixing. If you find a problem, please check the list of known issues and then file a bug:

http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Fedora_11_Beta_release_notes#Known_Issues

https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla