De ontwikkelaars van The Fedora Project hebben op de BitTorrent-downloadpagina de torrents online gezet waarmee test 3 van Fedora Core 5 gedownload kan worden. Test 3 is de nieuwste versie van het Linux-besturingssysteen en kan voor i386-, x68_64- en PPC-systemen als iso-bestanden gedownload worden, die vervolgens op een schrijfbare cd of dvd gezet kunnen worden. Fedora Core is een Linux-distributie die voortvloeit uit een samenwerking tussen Red Hat en Fedora, en is gebaseerd op technologie die afkomstig is van Red Hat. In de release notes van Fedora Core 5 test 3 kan onderstaand changelog gevonden worden:
- A completely revamped look and feel including a bubbly new theme, wallpaper, screensaver and logo has been provided that is visually appealing and demonstrates the exciting and user friendly nature of Fedora.
- GNOME 2.13.4 development release and KDE 3.5 general release of popular desktop environments is available.
- GNOME Power Manager and GNOME Screensaver are available as a technology preview within this release.
- OpenOffice.org 2.0 release is included. OpenOffice.org now uses system versions for many of the libraries leading to increased performance and efficiency.
- Firefox 1.5 web browser with many new features is included in this release
- Pup, the package updater has been joined by Pirut, which is the replacement for system-config-packages providing comprehensive software package management using yum as a backend.
- Beagle which provides a index based search interface, f-spot for photo management and tomboy, a note taking application has been added to this release.
- Support for Broadcom 43xx wireless chipsets has been included in the kernel.
- I18N support has drastically improved through the use of SCIM language input framework which has replaced IIMF in this release
- Gstreamer media framework 0.10 which brings major improvements in robustness and features has been included in this release. Totem uses this new version of Gstreamer now. Other media applications that use gstreamer is expected to be updated within the subsequent releases.
System Level Changes
- Xen Virtualisation software and yum package manager are now well integrated within the Fedora installer. The installer interface is more streamlined. Remote logging and improved support for tracebacks is included.
- System Tap a instrumentation system for debugging and analysing performance bottle necks and Frysk, an execution analysis technology for monitoring running processes or threads is included within this release.
- Xorg X11R7.0 has been included in this release. This is the first modular version, which helps in providing additional features and bug fixes at a faster pace.
- gcc 4.1 compiler is included and the entire set of Fedora packages is now build using this new compiler version which brings in new security and performance enhancements.
- PCMCIA framework used by laptop and mobile devices had changed as with kernel version 2.6.13-rc1 onwards. The older pcmcia-cs package using the cardmgr/pcmcia service has been replaced with a new pcmciautils package where the PCMCIA devices are handled directly with the hotplug system using udev dynamically in this Fedora release. This increases both efficiency and performance of the system.
- SELinux implementation has undergone a major change with a switchover to reference policy. SELinux reference policy can support binary policy modules. It is possible now to move SELinux policies into individual packages and make it easier for users to ship site-specific policy customizations when required. This version also adds support for MCS (Multi Category System) enabled by default and MLS (Multi Level System) in addition to the the previous versions which have TE (Type Enforcement) which is enabled by default and RBAC (Role Based Access Contro) security sub systems within the SELinux framework.