Fedora 11 Alpha release notes

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== Python 2.6 ==
 
== Python 2.6 ==
  
Python 2.6 has been integrated into the release and all the software in the distribution has been made compatible with it. This effort will help lead the way to Python 3.0, a major release that is not backward compatible with the Python 2.x series.
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Python 2.6 has been integrated into the release and all the software in the distribution has been made compatible with it. This effort leads the way to Python 3.0, a major release that is not backward compatible with the Python 2.x series.

Revision as of 22:18, 23 January 2009

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Windows cross compiler (mingw32-*)

The alpha release contains a preview of the Windows cross-compiler and some supporting libraries. You can install the cross-compiler and environment by yum-installing mingw32-gcc and/or mingw32-gcc-c++. This will give you the mingw32-configure command which you can use to replace ordinary ./configure, so that:

mingw32-configure
make

will build a Windows executable (*.EXE) or Windows DLL (*.DLL) of your program/library.

If your program requires any libraries, you can install the mingw32-library, and mingw32-configure will find it.

The following libraries are available in the alpha release:

  • bzip2, zlib for data compression
  • dlfcn (dlopen workalike for Windows)
  • freetype
  • gdbm
  • gettext, iconv, pdcurses, readline, termcap for text/terminal/i18n
  • libpng
  • pthreads (based on Sourceware pthreads-win32)
  • SDL for graphics
  • sqlite

Many more libraries will be available by the time of the full Fedora 11 release.

ext4 file system

The ext4 file system has been a experimentally supported option from Fedora 9 release and is now the default filesystem for the Fedora 11 Alpha release. The list of new features for ext4 is available at:

http://kernelnewbies.org/Ext4

A file system shrink capability is not supported yet, but planned for Fedora 11 release. Please backup your data for safety if you test this feature in Fedora 11 Alpha.

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Backward compatibility issues
Backward compatibility for ext4 to ext2/3 is limited. If you convert a file system formatted with ext2/3 to the new ext4 system, be aware that converting back to ext2/3 can be difficult in some situations.

btrfs file system

The btrfs next-generation file system is an experimentally supported option in this release. To enable it within the installer, pass icantbelieveitsnotbtr at the installation boot prompt.

A screenshot and reference is available at:

http://www.heise-online.co.uk/news/Ext4-to-be-standard-for-Fedora-11-Btrfs-also-included--/112467

More information is available at the Linux kernel project here:

http://btrfs.wiki.kernel.org/index.php/Main_Page

More testing and feedback for btrfs is requested. Please backup your data for safety if you test this feature in Fedora 11 Alpha.

GNOME 2.26

The GNOME 2.26 development snapshot is part of this release, and is the default environment used in the Fedora Desktop Live image. The Desktop Live image is a downloadable CD you can use to test the new GNOME environment with or without installing it. The image can be written to CD, or to a USB flash disk using these instructions.

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KDE 4.2 RC2

The KDE 4.2 RC2 snapshot is part of this release and is the default environment in the Fedora KDE Desktop Live image. The KDE Desktop Live image is a downloadable CD you can use to test the new KDE environment with or without installing it. The image can be written to a CD, or to a USB flash disk using these instructions.

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Xfce 4.6 Beta

A major new release of Xfce, Xfce 4.6 Beta, is available in the repository and is the default environment in the Fedora Xfce Live Spin. The Xfce Live Spin is a downloadable CD you can use to test the new Xfce environment with or without isntalling it. The image can be written to a CD, or to a USB flash disk using these instructions.

Python 2.6

Python 2.6 has been integrated into the release and all the software in the distribution has been made compatible with it. This effort leads the way to Python 3.0, a major release that is not backward compatible with the Python 2.x series.