Fedora 16 Alpha release notes

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== Known Issues ==
 
== Known Issues ==
  
Refer to the [[Common F16 bugs]] page for a listing of issues, and any known resolutions, commonly found with this release.  This page is maintained throughout the Fedora 16 development cycle.
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Refer to the [[Common F16 bugs]] page for a listing of issues, and any known resolutions, commonly found with this release.  This page is maintained throughout the Fedora 16 developmental cycle.
  
 
== Release Overview ==
 
== Release Overview ==
  
As always, Fedora continues to [[Red_Hat_contributions | develop]] and [[Features | integrate]] the latest free and open source software. The following sections provide a brief overview of major changes from the last release of Fedora. For more details about other features that are making their way into Rawhide and set for inclusion in Fedora 16, refer to their individual [[FeatureList | wiki pages]] that detail feature goals and progress.  
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As always, Fedora continues to [[Red_Hat_contributions | develop]] and [[Features | integrate]] the latest free and open sourced software. The following sections provide a brief overview of major changes from the last release of Fedora. For more details about other features that are making their way into Rawhide and set for inclusion in Fedora 16, refer to their individual [[FeatureList | wiki pages]] that detail feature goals and progress.  
 
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Features for this release are tracked on the [[FeatureList|feature list page]].
 
Features for this release are tracked on the [[FeatureList|feature list page]].
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=== The Purpose of the Alpha Release ===
 
=== The Purpose of the Alpha Release ===
  
This release is an installable, testable version of the code and features being developed for Fedora 16 (Verne).The software is going to have bugs, problems, and incomplete features.  It is not likely to eat your data or parts of your computer, but you should be aware that it could.
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This release is an installable, testable version of the code and features being developed for Fedora 16 (Verne). The software has bugs, problems, and incomplete features.  It is not likely to eat your data or parts of your computer, but you should be aware that it could.
  
 
You have an important part to play in this release.  Either install or run a Fedora Live instance of the Fedora 16 Alpha release, then try using a few applications or activities that are important to you.  If it doesn't work, [https://bugzilla.redhat.com/enter_bug.cgi?product=Fedora file a bug].  This release gives the wider community a set of code to test against as a very important step in the process of making a solid Fedora 16 release.  You can make the Fedora 16 release better by testing this release and reporting your findings.
 
You have an important part to play in this release.  Either install or run a Fedora Live instance of the Fedora 16 Alpha release, then try using a few applications or activities that are important to you.  If it doesn't work, [https://bugzilla.redhat.com/enter_bug.cgi?product=Fedora file a bug].  This release gives the wider community a set of code to test against as a very important step in the process of making a solid Fedora 16 release.  You can make the Fedora 16 release better by testing this release and reporting your findings.
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*  '''GNOME updates'''  GNOME Shell has re-added support for world clock and Network Manger UI for GNOME Shell supports using a laptop as a hotspot
 
*  '''GNOME updates'''  GNOME Shell has re-added support for world clock and Network Manger UI for GNOME Shell supports using a laptop as a hotspot
  
* '''No desktop folder by default'''  Major desktop environments including GNOME 3 and KDE 4 do not desktop folder contents by default anymore and hence xdg-user-dirs has been configured to not create a desktop folder anymore by default.  This is still user configurable however.  Thanks to Matthias Clasen for doing this change.  
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* '''No desktop folder by default'''  Major desktop environments including GNOME 3 and KDE 4 do not show the desktop folder's contents by default anymore and hence xdg-user-dirs has been configured to not create a desktop folder anymore by default.  This is still user configurable however.  Thanks to Matthias Clasen for doing this change.  
  
 
* '''No more CPUSpeed'''  Fedora 16 kernel cpufreq stack now fully replaces CPUSpeed, effectively making the package obsolete.  The default cpufreq governor and/or frequency can now be configured via cpupower.service provided by the cpupowerutils package.
 
* '''No more CPUSpeed'''  Fedora 16 kernel cpufreq stack now fully replaces CPUSpeed, effectively making the package obsolete.  The default cpufreq governor and/or frequency can now be configured via cpupower.service provided by the cpupowerutils package.
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=== How to Try Alpha ===
 
=== How to Try Alpha ===
  
This release is accompanied by installable live media of both the GNOME and KDE desktops.  With Live media users can perform testing and demonstration without installing any software to the hard disk. As this release is largely targeted at developers and contains many bleeding edge packages, this is the best method for less experienced users who want to get involved with testing.  The Live media also has an option to install Fedora to the hard disk for the more intrepid users.
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This release is accompanied by installable live media of both the GNOME and KDE desktops.  With live media users can perform testing and demonstration without installing any software to the hard disk. As this release is largely targeted at developers and contains many bleeding edge packages, this is the best method for less experienced users who want to get involved with testing.  The Live media also have an option to install Fedora to an hard disk for the more intrepid users.
  
 
The ''best'' way to download this release is through BitTorrent -- visit [http://torrent.fedoraproject.org/ the Fedora torrent server] for a listing of available images.  Release images can also be downloaded from [http://mirrors.fedoraproject.org/publiclist/Fedora/16-Alpha/ any of our mirrors].  Remember that live images can be used on USB media via the ''livecd-iso-to-disk'' utility available in the livecd-tools package on existing Fedora systems.  Refer to the [[FedoraLiveCD/USBHowTo | USB How-to]] for more instructions.  You can also use Jigdo to download the [http://download.fedoraproject.org/pub/fedora/linux/releases/test/16-Alpha/Fedora/i386/jigdo/ i386] or [http://download.fedoraproject.org/pub/fedora/linux/releases/test/16-Alpha/Fedora/x86_64/jigdo/ x86_64]
 
The ''best'' way to download this release is through BitTorrent -- visit [http://torrent.fedoraproject.org/ the Fedora torrent server] for a listing of available images.  Release images can also be downloaded from [http://mirrors.fedoraproject.org/publiclist/Fedora/16-Alpha/ any of our mirrors].  Remember that live images can be used on USB media via the ''livecd-iso-to-disk'' utility available in the livecd-tools package on existing Fedora systems.  Refer to the [[FedoraLiveCD/USBHowTo | USB How-to]] for more instructions.  You can also use Jigdo to download the [http://download.fedoraproject.org/pub/fedora/linux/releases/test/16-Alpha/Fedora/i386/jigdo/ i386] or [http://download.fedoraproject.org/pub/fedora/linux/releases/test/16-Alpha/Fedora/x86_64/jigdo/ x86_64]
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=== Debugging Information And Performance ===
 
=== Debugging Information And Performance ===
  
Fedora kernels have many [[KernelDebugStrategy | extensive debugging options]] during the development cycle that have a negative impact on performance but provide developers with more information automatically or in the case of bug reports. If you are running performance analysis on Rawhide or test releases such as Alpha or Beta, make sure you take this into account.
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Fedora kernels have many [[KernelDebugStrategy | extensive debugging options]] during the developmental cycle that have a negative impact on performance but provide developers with more information automatically, in the case of bug reports. If you are running performance analysis on Rawhide or test releases such as Alpha or Beta, make sure you take this into account.
  
 
=== Fedora 16 Release Schedule And Feature Details ===
 
=== Fedora 16 Release Schedule And Feature Details ===
  
Development continues on Rawhide during and after this release, leading up to the beta and then the final release. The links below provide the release schedule for both the pre-releases and the final release, as well as the wiki pages for tracking the various features planned for inclusion in Fedora 16.
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Development continues on Rawhide during and after this release, leading to the beta, then the final release. The links below provide the release schedule for both the pre-releases and the final release, as well as the wiki's pages for tracking the various features planned for inclusion in Fedora 16.
  
 
* [[Releases/16/FeatureList | Feature List]]  
 
* [[Releases/16/FeatureList | Feature List]]  

Latest revision as of 21:14, 25 August 2011

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This is a draft
Fedora 16 Alpha has not been released yet. This is a draft announcement for community feedback.

Contents

[edit] General Information

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Download Fedora 16 Alpha now
To download Fedora 16 Alpha, visit http://fedoraproject.org/get-prerelease. Download options are available for BitTorrent, direct download, and Jigdo. This release is available for all 32-bit and 64-bit Intel-compatible platforms. Note that Fedora uses SHA256 instead of MD5 or SHA-1 to verify images in a more secure way. For more information, refer to #How_to_Try_Alpha on this page.

[edit] Filing Bug Reports

Please file bug reports on this Alpha release if you find any problems.

[edit] Known Issues

Refer to the Common F16 bugs page for a listing of issues, and any known resolutions, commonly found with this release. This page is maintained throughout the Fedora 16 developmental cycle.

[edit] Release Overview

As always, Fedora continues to develop and integrate the latest free and open sourced software. The following sections provide a brief overview of major changes from the last release of Fedora. For more details about other features that are making their way into Rawhide and set for inclusion in Fedora 16, refer to their individual wiki pages that detail feature goals and progress. Features for this release are tracked on the feature list page.

[edit] The Purpose of the Alpha Release

This release is an installable, testable version of the code and features being developed for Fedora 16 (Verne). The software has bugs, problems, and incomplete features. It is not likely to eat your data or parts of your computer, but you should be aware that it could.

You have an important part to play in this release. Either install or run a Fedora Live instance of the Fedora 16 Alpha release, then try using a few applications or activities that are important to you. If it doesn't work, file a bug. This release gives the wider community a set of code to test against as a very important step in the process of making a solid Fedora 16 release. You can make the Fedora 16 release better by testing this release and reporting your findings.

[edit] What's New in Fedora 16 Alpha

In addition to the features mentioned in the release announcement,

  • GNOME updates GNOME Shell has re-added support for world clock and Network Manger UI for GNOME Shell supports using a laptop as a hotspot
  • No desktop folder by default Major desktop environments including GNOME 3 and KDE 4 do not show the desktop folder's contents by default anymore and hence xdg-user-dirs has been configured to not create a desktop folder anymore by default. This is still user configurable however. Thanks to Matthias Clasen for doing this change.
  • No more CPUSpeed Fedora 16 kernel cpufreq stack now fully replaces CPUSpeed, effectively making the package obsolete. The default cpufreq governor and/or frequency can now be configured via cpupower.service provided by the cpupowerutils package.

[edit] Additional Information

[edit] How to Try Alpha

This release is accompanied by installable live media of both the GNOME and KDE desktops. With live media users can perform testing and demonstration without installing any software to the hard disk. As this release is largely targeted at developers and contains many bleeding edge packages, this is the best method for less experienced users who want to get involved with testing. The Live media also have an option to install Fedora to an hard disk for the more intrepid users.

The best way to download this release is through BitTorrent -- visit the Fedora torrent server for a listing of available images. Release images can also be downloaded from any of our mirrors. Remember that live images can be used on USB media via the livecd-iso-to-disk utility available in the livecd-tools package on existing Fedora systems. Refer to the USB How-to for more instructions. You can also use Jigdo to download the i386 or x86_64

[edit] Verify Fedora

Fedora does not publish MD5 or SHA1 hashes to verify images since they are not secure enough. Instead we have been using SHA256 since Fedora 11. In Linux, you can use sha256sum command (part of coreutils and installed by default) to verify the Fedora image

sha256sum -c *-CHECKSUM

Windows can use the free to download utility HashCalc.

Mac OS X can use the free to download utility hashtab.

Fedora GPG signatures can be verified following the instructions here

[edit] Debugging Information And Performance

Fedora kernels have many extensive debugging options during the developmental cycle that have a negative impact on performance but provide developers with more information automatically, in the case of bug reports. If you are running performance analysis on Rawhide or test releases such as Alpha or Beta, make sure you take this into account.

[edit] Fedora 16 Release Schedule And Feature Details

Development continues on Rawhide during and after this release, leading to the beta, then the final release. The links below provide the release schedule for both the pre-releases and the final release, as well as the wiki's pages for tracking the various features planned for inclusion in Fedora 16.