Fedora 22 Alpha Release Announcement
The Fedora 22 Alpha release has arrived, with a preview of the latest free and open source technology under development. Take a peek inside!
What is the Alpha release?
The Alpha release contains all the exciting features of Fedora 22's editions in a form that anyone can help test. This testing, guided by the Fedora QA team, helps us target and identify bugs. When these bugs are fixed, we make a Beta release available. A Beta release is code-complete and bears a very strong resemblance to the third and final release. The final release of Fedora 22 is expected in May.
We need your help to make Fedora 22 the best release yet, so please take some time to download and try out the Alpha and make sure the things that are important to you are working. If you find a bug, please report it – every bug you uncover is a chance to improve the experience for millions of Fedora users worldwide. Together, we can make Fedora rock-solid. We have a culture of coordinating new features and pushing fixes upstream as much as feasible, and your feedback will help improve not only Fedora but Linux and free software on the whole.
Fedora 22 Cloud
- Atomic Host image for bare metal Project Atomic deployments.
- Latest version of rpm-ostree and rpm-ostree-toolbox
- Cloud and Atomic Vagrant boxes
- A new CI tool called Tunir for rapid testing of cloud images
Fedora 22 Server
- Rolekit program has been updated to include support for creating a Database Server Role
- Cockpit web based management application has been updated to the latest upstream release which adds many new features as well as a modular design for adding new functionality.
Fedora 22 Workstation
- The GNOME Shell notification system has been redesigned and subsumed into the calendar widget.
- The Terminal now notifies you when a long running job completes.
- The login screen now uses Wayland by default.
- Installation of GStreamer codecs, fonts, and certain document types is now handled by Software, instead of gnome-packagekit.
- ABRT now features better notifications, and uses the privacy control panel in GNOME to control information sent.
- The Nautilus file manager has been improved to use GActions for a better, more consistent experience.
- The GNOME Shell has a refreshed theme for better usability.
- The Qt/Adwaita theme is now code complete, and Qt notifications have been improved for smoother experience using Qt-based apps in Workstation.
Under the covers:
- The libinput library is now used for both X11 and Wayland for consistent input device handling.
- Plasma 5, the successor to KDE Plasma 4, is now the default workspace in the Fedora KDE spin
Issues and Details
This is an Alpha release. As such, we expect that you may encounter bugs or missing features. To report issues encountered during testing, contact the Fedora QA team via the test mailing list or in #fedora-qa on freenode.
As testing progresses, common issues are tracked on the Common F22 Bugs page.
For tips on reporting a bug effectively, read "how to file a bug report."
The full release schedule is available on the Fedora wiki. The current schedule calls for a beta release in the middle of April, and a final release in the second half of May.
These dates are subject to change, pending any major bugs or issues found during the development process.