Fedora 18 Beta PPC release notes

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The Fedora 18 "Spherical Cow" Beta for Power release is rolling! This release offers a preview of some of the best free and open source technology currently under development.

We are delighted to announce the availability of the beta release of Fedora 18 for Power. Want to get a taste of the future? Download it now:

https://mirrors.fedoraproject.org/publiclist/Fedora/18-Beta/ppc64/

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What is the Beta Release?

The Beta release is the last important milestone of Fedora 18. Only critical bug fixes will be pushed as updates leading to the general release of Fedora 18 in the beginning of the next year. We invite you to join us in making Fedora 18 a solid release by downloading, testing, and providing your valuable feedback.

Of course, this is a beta release, meaning that some problems may still be lurking. A list of the problems we already know about is found at the Common F18 bugs page, seen here: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Common_F18_bugs

There is a new upgrade system for Fedora 18 making its first appearance in Fedora 18 Beta. Upgrading via the system installer or the preupgrade tool is no longer possible. To upgrade to Fedora 18 from Fedora 17, you should use the new "Fedup" tool. Instructions and information on the new tool are here: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FedUp. The tool is still under active development, please take a look at the FedUp FAQ (in the wiki page) in case of any issues with the upgrade process, and back up your system before trying the upgrade.


Known Issues

  • fedup has received extremely little testing on ppc. Please exercise caution when testing it and file bugs
  • Due to bug #880277, an anaconda updates.img is required to use custom partitioning. This updates.img is bundled in the DVD ISO and will be automatically used, however if you are using the netinst ISO, specifythe following on the boot line:

updates=http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/fedora-secondary/releases/test/18-Beta/Fedora/ppc64/os/images/updates.img

For more information about Anaconda updates, please see https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Anaconda/Updates

  • Multipath installations are not working correctly yet, especially when LVM partitions are used or have been on the storage being used for installation.

Supported Hardware

Fedora for Power is developed and tested on IBM POWER hardware. Legacy Apple PPC hardware is no longer supported due to a lack of substantive contributions and interest from the community.

General Features

For the general features please refer to the Beta announcement for the primary architecture:

http://lists.fedoraproject.org/pipermail/devel-announce/2012-November/001001.html

Power Specific Features

  • Eclipse is now available for Power again! Give it a whirl if you're a developer

Contributing

More information on Fedora for Power can be found at https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Arch:PPC. To get involved in testing and development of Fedora for Power, join us on freenode in #fedora-ppc.

You'll also be able to find us at FUDon 2013 in Lawrence, KS.

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