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Meaty intro here.
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Hot dog! The Fedora 17 "Beefy Miracle" Alpha Release is available! This release offers a preview of some of the best and meatiest free and open source technology currently under development. Relish in a glimpse of the  future:
  
 
[http://fedoraproject.org/get-prerelease?wkanF17a http://fedoraproject.org/get-prerelease]
 
[http://fedoraproject.org/get-prerelease?wkanF17a http://fedoraproject.org/get-prerelease]
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== What is the Alpha release? ==
 
== What is the Alpha release? ==
  
The Alpha release contains all the exciting features of Fedora 16 in a form that anyone can help test. This testing, guided by the [[QA|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 17 is [[Releases/17/Schedule|due]] in early May.
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The Alpha release contains all the bunderful features of Fedora 17 in a form that anyone can help test. This testing, guided by the [[QA|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 17 is [[Releases/17/Schedule|due]] in early May.
  
We need your help to make Fedora 17 the best release yet, so please take a moment of your 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 a rock-solid distribution.  (Read down to [[#Contributing|the end of the announcement]] for more information on how to help.)
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Frankly, we think Fedora 17 will be the best release ever, but we know we can't do it without your help. Please take a moment of your 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 a franktastic, rock-solid distribution.  (Read down to [[#Contributing|the end of the announcement]] for more information on how to help.)
  
==Features==
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==Condiments==
  
This release of Fedora includes a variety of features both over and under the hood that show off the power and flexibility of the advancing state of free software. Examples include:
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When we said Beefy, we weren't kidding: an a-bun-dance of condiments, err, features, are available to help you feed your hunger for the best in free and open source software.  We take pride in our toppings, and in our fine ingredients; Fedora 17 includes both over- and under-the-bun improvements that show off the power and flexibility of the advancing state of free (range) software.  
  
* '''System Boot.''' Fedora 16 introduces '''GRUB2''', the long-awaited next-generation boot-loader for Linux. GRUB2 automatically recognizes other operating systems, supports LVM2 and LUKS partitions, and is more customizable than the previous version. In this release, only x86 systems with a BIOS uses GRUB2 by default.  Work is ongoing for making GRUB2 the default for other architectures and systems.
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Check out our menu, certain to please a variety of appetites:
  
* '''Services Management.''' Fedora 15 introduced the '''Systemd''' services management programThis release features better integration of '''Systemd''' via conversion to native systemd services from legacy init scripts in many software components -- for desktop users, this means faster boot times; for system administrators it means more powerful management of services.
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=== End Users ===
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End users will see numerous improvements in Fedora 17.   
  
* '''Desktop Updates.''' The two major desktop environments have been updated to the latest releases: KDE Software Compilation 4.7 and GNOME 3.1 development release.  
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* GIMP has been updated to the long awaited 2.8 release, with an a-bun-dant list of new features, such as the single window mode, layer groups, and on-canvas text editing.
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* Improved language and font support:  A number of Lohit fonts, enabling Indian script, have been added, as well as support for Inscript 2 for keymapping; libpinyin increases pinyin input speed by adding predictive intelligence.
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* Desktops galore! Whether you like your bun covered in GNOME, KDE, Sugar, or otherwise, we've updated it to the sauciest, tastiest version available.
  
* '''SELinux Enhancements.'''  SELinux policy package now includes a pre-built policy that will only rebuild policy if any customizations have been made.  A sample test run shows 4 times speedup on installing the package from 48 Seconds to 12 Seconds and max memory usage from 38M to 6M.  In addition to that,  SELinux file name transition allows better policy management. For instance, policy writers can take advantage of this and write a policy rule that states, if a SELinux unconfined process creates a file named resolv.conf in a directory labelled etc_t, the file should get labeled appropriately.   This results is less chances of mislabeled filesAlso, from this release onwards, selinuxfs is mounted at /sys/fs/selinux instead of in /selinux.  All the affected components including anaconda, dracut,  livecd-tools and policycoreutils have been modified to work with this change.  
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=== Systems Administrators ===
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Serving up hot dogs all day long? Increase your reliability and versatility with the new enhancements to the clustering stack in Fedora 17. Load balancing and high availability improvements have been made, allowing systems administrators to deploy Fedora in environments requiring greater availability and clustered file systems; both Corosync 2.0 and the Pacemaker Cluster Resource Manager 1.1.7 are includedJBoss Application Server (AS) 7 has also been added to Fedora 17; this fast, lightweight, and modular application server allows you to run full Java EE applications.
  
* '''System Accounts.''' Fedora now standardizes on login.defs as authority for UID/GID space allocation, and has moved boundary between system and user accounts from 500 to 1000 to match conventions followed by several other Linux distributionsUpgrading from a existing release will not be affected by this change and you can use kickstart to override this change during installation if necessary.  
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=== Developers ===
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Developers can cook up fresh code with the updates and additions of numerous languages in Fedora 17Java 7, Ruby 1.9.3, and PHP 5.4 are just some of the latest-and-greatest; we've also got updates and additions in the Haskell platform, Erlang, and D, as well as the addition of the Opa programming languageGCC has been updated to 4.7, and Fedora 17 has additionally been rebuilt with this new version, resulting in compiled code improvements.
  
* '''Chrony NTP.'''  Fedora has switched over to using '''Chrony''' as the default NTP client. There are several advantages including smaller memory footprint (1.3MB vs 6MB resident size),  no unnecessary process wakeups which results in better power savings. better timekeeping on systems not running 24/7 or without permanent internet connection or with low quality/unstable clocks (virtual machines). Once the clock is synchronized, applications are not upset by backward time jumps. system-config-date and GNOME settings daemon has been modified to use Chrony as well.
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=== Virtualization ===
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A a-bun-dance of virtualization features are ready for consumption in Fedora 17:
  
* '''HAL Removal.'''  HAL, a hardware abstraction layer which has been a deprecated component for several releases, has been completely removed from all Fedora spins and DVD. Software components using HAL have moved over to using '''udisks''' and '''upower''' as well as '''libudev''' for device discovery. This results in faster system bootup and faster startup for applications depending on device discovery.  
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* Open vSwitch is a flexible, multi-layer software switch typically used in virtualization environments as the network switching component in the hypervisor, providing virtual machines their network connectivity.
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* KVM improvements, including the addition of a virtualized PMU (performance monitoring unit)for guests, and a live block copy features, allowing an image backing a guest disk to be copied while the guest is online.
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* Virtualization sandboxing provides a new application development library (libvirt-sandbox) to facilitate the embedding of virtualization.
  
* '''Cloud Updates.''' Fedora now includes a number of new and improved features to support cloud computing, including a "cloud ready" version of '''GlusterFS''', including additional auth*/crypto/multi-tenancy; '''pacemaker-cloud''', application service high availability in a cloud environment; '''Condor Cloud''', an IaaS cloud implementation using Condor and the Deltacloud API, and Aeolus.
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=== Hot Dogs as a Service (HDaaS) ===
  
* '''Virtualization.''' Once again Fedora raises the bar on virtualization support, including expanded virtual network support, an improved '''Spice''' for managing virtual machines, restored '''Xen''' support, a new virtual machine lock manager, and improved ability to browse guest file systems.
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Kidding! We couldn't resist jumping into the game with our own acronym. Seriously, though, we have a frank-tastic variety of cloud technologies coming in Fedora 17, including the additions of some of the best IaaS platforms in free and open source software -- Cloudstack, Eucalyptus, and OpenNebula. OpenStack gets bumped in Fedora 17 to the Essex release, and other OpenStack features have been added or updated as well, including Horizon and Quantum, and the ability to use OpenStack with libguestfs and qpid.
 
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* '''Developer Improvements.''' Developers get many goodies with Verne, including updated '''Ada''', '''Haskell''' and '''Perl''' environments, a new Python plugin for GCC and a number of new and improved APIs.
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These and many other improvements provide a wide and solid base for future Fedora releases. This release increases the range of possibilities for developers and helps Fedora to maintain its position at the leading edge of free and open source technology.
 
These and many other improvements provide a wide and solid base for future Fedora releases. This release increases the range of possibilities for developers and helps Fedora to maintain its position at the leading edge of free and open source technology.
  
A more complete list and details of each new cited feature is available here:
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Ketchup with the full list of features for Fedora 17 here:
  
[http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/16/FeatureList?wkanF16a http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/16/FeatureList]
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[http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/17/FeatureList?wkanF17a http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/17/FeatureList]
  
 
We also have nightly composes of alternate spins available here:
 
We also have nightly composes of alternate spins available here:
  
[http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/alt/nightly-composes/?wkanF16a http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/alt/nightly-composes/]
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[http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/alt/nightly-composes/?wkanF17a http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/alt/nightly-composes/]
  
 
== Issues and Details ==
 
== Issues and Details ==
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For more information including common and known bugs, tips on how to report bugs, and the official release schedule, please refer to the release notes:
 
For more information including common and known bugs, tips on how to report bugs, and the official release schedule, please refer to the release notes:
  
[http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Fedora_16_Alpha_release_notes?wkanF16a http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Fedora_16_Alpha_release_notes]
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[http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Fedora_17_Alpha_release_notes?wkanF17a http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Fedora_17_Alpha_release_notes]
  
A shorter list of common bugs can be found here: [https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Common_F16_bugs?wkanF16a https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Common_F16_bugs]
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A shorter list of common bugs can be found here: [https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Common_F17_bugs?wkanF17a https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Common_F17_bugs]
  
 
== Contributing ==
 
== Contributing ==
  
Bug reports are helpful, especially for Alpha.  If you encounter any issues please report them and help make this release of Fedora the best ever.
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Ever wonder how sausage is made? Yeah, we didn't want to know either. Hot dogs, on the other hand, are glorious creations, and the Alpha release of Beefy Miracle is yet another fine example of a long line of solid Alpha releases.  We can't do it without you, though.  Bug reports are especially helpful as we move from the hot dog factory to the finished Beefy Miracle.  If you encounter any issues, please report them!
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Mustard up the confidence to contribute? Don't worry -- we don't bite! (Except... tasty, delicious hot dogs. Mmmmmm. Hot dogs.) Fedora is a fantastic, friendly community, and we have many ways in which you can contribute, including Documentation, Marketing, Design, QA, Development, and more.
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To learn how to help us cook a better hot dog, visit:
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http://join.fedoraproject.org/
  
 
Thank you, and we hope to see you in the Fedora project!
 
Thank you, and we hope to see you in the Fedora project!
  
[[Category:F16]]
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[[Category:F17]]

Latest revision as of 11:19, 28 February 2012

Hot dog! The Fedora 17 "Beefy Miracle" Alpha Release is available! This release offers a preview of some of the best and meatiest free and open source technology currently under development. Relish in a glimpse of the future:

http://fedoraproject.org/get-prerelease

Contents

[edit] What is the Alpha release?

The Alpha release contains all the bunderful features of Fedora 17 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 17 is due in early May.

Frankly, we think Fedora 17 will be the best release ever, but we know we can't do it without your help. Please take a moment of your 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 a franktastic, rock-solid distribution. (Read down to the end of the announcement for more information on how to help.)

[edit] Condiments

When we said Beefy, we weren't kidding: an a-bun-dance of condiments, err, features, are available to help you feed your hunger for the best in free and open source software. We take pride in our toppings, and in our fine ingredients; Fedora 17 includes both over- and under-the-bun improvements that show off the power and flexibility of the advancing state of free (range) software.

Check out our menu, certain to please a variety of appetites:

[edit] End Users

End users will see numerous improvements in Fedora 17.

  • GIMP has been updated to the long awaited 2.8 release, with an a-bun-dant list of new features, such as the single window mode, layer groups, and on-canvas text editing.
  • Improved language and font support: A number of Lohit fonts, enabling Indian script, have been added, as well as support for Inscript 2 for keymapping; libpinyin increases pinyin input speed by adding predictive intelligence.
  • Desktops galore! Whether you like your bun covered in GNOME, KDE, Sugar, or otherwise, we've updated it to the sauciest, tastiest version available.

[edit] Systems Administrators

Serving up hot dogs all day long? Increase your reliability and versatility with the new enhancements to the clustering stack in Fedora 17. Load balancing and high availability improvements have been made, allowing systems administrators to deploy Fedora in environments requiring greater availability and clustered file systems; both Corosync 2.0 and the Pacemaker Cluster Resource Manager 1.1.7 are included. JBoss Application Server (AS) 7 has also been added to Fedora 17; this fast, lightweight, and modular application server allows you to run full Java EE applications.

[edit] Developers

Developers can cook up fresh code with the updates and additions of numerous languages in Fedora 17. Java 7, Ruby 1.9.3, and PHP 5.4 are just some of the latest-and-greatest; we've also got updates and additions in the Haskell platform, Erlang, and D, as well as the addition of the Opa programming language. GCC has been updated to 4.7, and Fedora 17 has additionally been rebuilt with this new version, resulting in compiled code improvements.

[edit] Virtualization

A a-bun-dance of virtualization features are ready for consumption in Fedora 17:

  • Open vSwitch is a flexible, multi-layer software switch typically used in virtualization environments as the network switching component in the hypervisor, providing virtual machines their network connectivity.
  • KVM improvements, including the addition of a virtualized PMU (performance monitoring unit)for guests, and a live block copy features, allowing an image backing a guest disk to be copied while the guest is online.
  • Virtualization sandboxing provides a new application development library (libvirt-sandbox) to facilitate the embedding of virtualization.

[edit] Hot Dogs as a Service (HDaaS)

Kidding! We couldn't resist jumping into the game with our own acronym. Seriously, though, we have a frank-tastic variety of cloud technologies coming in Fedora 17, including the additions of some of the best IaaS platforms in free and open source software -- Cloudstack, Eucalyptus, and OpenNebula. OpenStack gets bumped in Fedora 17 to the Essex release, and other OpenStack features have been added or updated as well, including Horizon and Quantum, and the ability to use OpenStack with libguestfs and qpid.

These and many other improvements provide a wide and solid base for future Fedora releases. This release increases the range of possibilities for developers and helps Fedora to maintain its position at the leading edge of free and open source technology.

Ketchup with the full list of features for Fedora 17 here:

http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/17/FeatureList

We also have nightly composes of alternate spins available here:

http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/alt/nightly-composes/

[edit] Issues and Details

For more information including common and known bugs, tips on how to report bugs, and the official release schedule, please refer to the release notes:

http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Fedora_17_Alpha_release_notes

A shorter list of common bugs can be found here: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Common_F17_bugs

[edit] Contributing

Ever wonder how sausage is made? Yeah, we didn't want to know either. Hot dogs, on the other hand, are glorious creations, and the Alpha release of Beefy Miracle is yet another fine example of a long line of solid Alpha releases. We can't do it without you, though. Bug reports are especially helpful as we move from the hot dog factory to the finished Beefy Miracle. If you encounter any issues, please report them!

Mustard up the confidence to contribute? Don't worry -- we don't bite! (Except... tasty, delicious hot dogs. Mmmmmm. Hot dogs.) Fedora is a fantastic, friendly community, and we have many ways in which you can contribute, including Documentation, Marketing, Design, QA, Development, and more.

To learn how to help us cook a better hot dog, visit: http://join.fedoraproject.org/

Thank you, and we hope to see you in the Fedora project!