Via dit bericht hebben de ontwikkelaars de volgende versie van Fedora Linux aangekondigd, namelijk de 7-serie. De nieuwe tak kan vanaf deze pagina gedownload worden. Met de komst van deze nieuwe branch van de Linux-distributie heeft het management team van het Fedora Project besloten om niet alleen de benaming 'Core' te laten vallen, maar ook alle code samen te voegen in één grote repository. Fedora 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. Wat er zoal veranderd is in Fedora 7 ten opzichte van versie 6 kan hieronder gelezen worden:
Fedora 7 is the first release where the development was one hunnerd and one per-cent in the community. How? It's simple, cousin -- all the code was merged into a single external repository. Why? Same great distribution quality, even more high-quality developers able to work directly with the code and improve the flavor of over 7500 packages.
Grab that jug, look inside, and you find:
- KDE? Yep, with Moonshine, Fedora and KDE are gettin' downright friendly with each other.
- Laptops? A tickless kernel means better power consumption for laptops; extended wireless functionality, meaning more chances hardware will Just Work. Yee-ha!
- Get those Live images, burn CDs or DVDs, and share them with your friends and neighbors. This is the first Fedora distribution with full Live CD/DVD capability.
- Interoperability? Let's start with resizing and reading of NTFS file systems. How about those Liberation fonts, d'you like how they just slip right in where other fonts were used?
- Why stop with just one fruit jar of virtualization? This release includes support for KVM and overall more virtualization capability.
- As always, tasty new graphics for the Fedora 7 desktop, as well as an updated Website look and functionality, including a new build and package update system.
For the first time, Fedora includes several different spins, which are variations of Fedora built from a specific set of software packages. Each spin has a combination of software to meet the requirements of a specific kind of end user. In addition to a very small boot.iso image for network installation, users have the following spin choices:Desktop
- GNOME and KDE desktop environment based bootable Live images that can be installed to a hard disk. These spins are meant for desktop users who prefer a single disk installation and for sharing Fedora with friends, family, and event attendees.
- A regular image for desktops, workstations, and server users. This spin provides a good upgrade path and similar environment for users of previous releases of Fedora.
- A set of DVD images that includes all software available in the Fedora repository. This spin is intended for distribution to users who do not have broadband Internet access and prefer to have software available on disc.
- This release features GNOME 2.18 and KDE 3.5.6. http://www.gnome.org/start/2.18/notes/en/ http://kde.org/info/3.5.6.php
- Fast user switching is well integrated in this release. Developers have enabled this feature through extensive development work on ConsoleKit and full integration throughout the distribution. http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Desktop/FastUserSwitching
- Display devices can be hot plugged and work automatically, thanks to the inclusion of Xorg Server 1.3.
- This release provides a number of firmware packages for enhanced wireless networking. NetworkManager presents a graphical interface that allows user to quickly switch between wireless and wired networks for increased mobility. NetworkManager is installed by default in both GNOME and KDE Live CDs.
- Fedora 7 includes a refreshing new "Flying High" theme, which is part of a continuous team effort from the community and the Fedora Artwork Project: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Artwork
- Firefox 2 includes a host of new features including an inline spell checker, built-in phishing protection, and the ability to resume browsing sessions. http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/2.0/releasenotes/
- I18N support is much improved by the presence of SCIM input methods, which now work automatically after installation without any configuration. SCIM can handle nearly every alphabet/set of characters in use. Fedora is now more accessible to a wider audience by the default inclusion of a number of language packages and input methods in the GNOME based Live CD.
- A new comprehensive graphical administration tool for SELinux, system-config-selinux is available by default in this release. SELinux boolean settings have been removed from the system-config-securitylevel tool and added to this new administration tool instead.
- The SELinux troubleshooting tool setroubleshoot is enabled by default in this release. This tool provides notifications and detailed information to desktop users about any access denials by SELinux policy, along with suggestions on handling them.
- This release features integration of a new FireWire stack in the kernel for more robust device handling. http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.linux.kernel/472789
- Fedora now includes improved power management through implementation of dynamic ticks in the kernel. http://lwn.net/Articles/223185/
- This release partially consolidates dictionaries used by desktop applications, which provides a consistent desktop experience while saving resources.
- Fedora now integrates the experimental nouveau driver within Xorg and the kernel. The nouveau driver, which is disabled by default in this release, aims to provide free and open source 3D drivers for nVidia cards. End users are asked to provide feedback on this feature to the project developers, to further the goal of having fully functional 3D drivers by default.
- In this release, the performance of yum, Pirut, and Pup have been significantly improved.
- This release integrates Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) technology with Fedora's graphical virt-manager and command-line virsh tools. KVM provides a hardware accelerated virtualization solution, and users have a choice between KVM and Xen, along with Qemu, in this release. http://kvm.sourceforge.net/
- In this release, all hard disk partitions follow a /dev/sd* naming convention due to a new libata driver interface in the kernel. The Anaconda installer eases the transition for release upgrades.
- The mac80211 (formerly called Devicescape) wireless stack has been integrated with the kernel.
- Smolt, an opt-in tool that sends anonymous hardware profile information to the Fedora Project, is integrated with firstboot in the installer. All data is available on the Smolt homepage. This profile information is used to leverage cooperation from vendors in improving end user hardware experience, and to priortize development and quality assurance on commonly used hardware. https://hosted.fedoraproject.org/projects/smolt http://smolt.fedoraproject.org
- The Fedora Directory Server base is now part of the Fedora software repository. The graphical console and administration servers are available on the website and are planned to be included in the repository after a review process. http://directory.fedoraproject.org/
- Python 2.5 is included in this release, and all of the Python software available in the repository uses it. http://docs.python.org/whatsnew/whatsnew25.html
- This release of Fedora includes Liberation fonts, which are metric equivalents for several well-known proprietary fonts found throughout the Internet. These fonts give users better results when viewing and printing shared or downloaded documents.