As is customary, the Fedora Core maintainers plan to transfer
Fedora Core 4 to the Fedora Legacy project at the release of
Fedora Core 6 test 2. This is currently scheduled for July
19, 2006, as noted on:
After a truly embarrassing delay, I am pleased to announce that the
Cooperative Bug Isolation Project is now available for Fedora Core 5.
We currently offer the following instrumented applications:
- Evolution 2.6.2
- Gaim 1.5.0
- The GIMP 2.2.11
- Gnumeric 1.6.3
- Nautilus 2.14.1
- Rhythmbox 0.9.4.1
- SPIM 7.2.1
Download at <http://www.cs.wisc.edu/cbi/downloads/>. We support yum,
apt, and many other RPM updater tools; see
<http://www.cs.wisc.edu/cbi/downloads/repo-config.html> for customized
configuration help for any of our supported distributions and updater tools.
What's that? You say you've never heard of the Cooperative Bug
Isolation Project (CBI)? Get with it! CBI is an ongoing, award-winning
research effort exploring ways to find bugs and improve the quality of
open source software using lightweight instrumentation, automated
feedback, and sophisticated machine learning algorithms. Check us out
at <http://www.cs.wisc.edu/cbi/> for more information. CBI needs *you*!
The more data we get, the more bugs we can find!
Even if you've never written a line of code in your life, you can help
just by installing and using our specially instrumented builds of
software you use every day.
For those of you still on Fedora Core 1/2/4, we offer a limited
selection of packages for those distributions too. When and if you
decide to upgrade to FC5, we'll be ready for you. Until then, your
participation remains valuable!
Just two years ago, a brave test pilot by the name of Mike Melvill
successfully guided SpaceShipOne 62 miles above California, USA,
overcoming technical problems that could have proven tragic to become
the first civilian to reach space, part of a team effort that won the
ANSARI X Prize. A team of civilians working together to accomplish a
dream, an unbelievable goal.
Today, we of the Fedora Project send our "test pilot" out into the
world, hoping to do the impossible. Improve upon the last release! (:
Fedora Core 6 Test 1 (5.90) Now Available
The Fedora Project announces the first release of the Fedora Core 6
development cycle, available for the i386, x86_64, and ppc/ppc64
architectures, including Intel based Macintosh computers. Beware that
Test releases are recommended only for Linux experts/enthusiasts or for
the technology evaluation, as many parts are likely to be broken adn the
rate of change is rapid.
Test 2 is scheduled for release July 19, marking the developmental
freeze of the Fedora Core 6 release. No new features after this point.
It is important that we get your help in testing, reporting and
suggesting fixes for bugs, and directing the technological improvements
we attempt with this release of Fedora Core. Please direct bugs to
http://bugzilla.redhat.com, product Fedora Core, Version fc6test1. As
always, be sure that your bug is not already fixed by updates and search
for existing bugs before filing.
Thanks to all in the Fedora Project Community who have contributed to
this release. Your continued efforts are what makes Fedora possible.
DVD, CD and network installation are available.
Please read the Important Warnings below in this announcement for more
The recommended method of download is via BitTorrent from this site.
HTTP, FTP, and RSYNC downloads are available from Fedora Project mirrors
listed above. Note that not all mirrors may be synced at this time.
Notable Features of FC6 Test 1
* Support for the Intel based Macintosh platform, see
* ipv6 support in the installer
* scim-bridge for improved i18n input
* puplet applet for update notifications
* new printing system (new system-config-printer, cups 1.2, new GTK+
* gnome 2.15
* kde 3.5.3
* 1600+ Extras packages conveniently available via yum
Have fun testing and never stop reaching for the stars!
Release Engineer: Fedora
CREATIVE COMMONS ANNOUNCES OPEN VIDEO CONTEST WITH THE FEDORA PROJECT
San Francisco, USA - June 20, 2006
Creative Commons and the Fedora Project are pleased to announce the
Open Video Contest taking place now. The contest promotes flexible
copyright, open media formats and the Fedora Project.
Entries must be 30 seconds or less, in OGG Theora format, promote
freedom and openness, and be released under the Creative Commons
Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 license.
Visit http://creativecommons.org/video/openvideocontest/ before July
20, 2006 to enter.
The contest will be judged by representatives of the Fedora Project
and Red Hat, Creative Commons jurisdiction leads from Brazil,
Nigeria, and Poland, and a representative of the Wikimedia Foundation
Special Projects Committee.
"This contest spreads the message that a combination of open
licensing, open formats and open source software gives creators,
consumers, and developers infinite freedom" says Alex Maier, Chair of
Fedora Ambassadors Steering Committee.
About OGG Theora
Theora is an open, royalty-free video codec developed by the Xiph.org
Foundation as part of the Ogg multimedia framework. Theora is
released to the public under a BSD-style open source software
license, completely free for commercial or noncommercial use. For
more information about Theora visit http://theora.org.
About the Fedora Project
The Fedora Project is a Red Hat-sponsored and community-supported
open source project. The goal? Work with the Linux community to build
a complete, general purpose operating system exclusively from free
software. Public forum. Rapid progress. Open process. A proving
ground for new technology that may eventually make its way into Red
Hat products. Fedora Core is an operating system and platform, based
on Linux, that is always free for anyone to use, modify and
distribute, now and forever. It is developed by a large community of
people who strive to provide and maintain the very best in free, open
source software and standards.
About Creative Commons
Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that promotes the
creative re-use of intellectual and artistic works – whether owned or
in the public domain. Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible
range of protections and freedoms that build upon the "all rights
reserved" concept of traditional copyright to offer a voluntary "some
rights reserved" approach. Creative Commons is sustained by the
generous support of various foundations including the John D. and
Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Omidyar Network Fund, the
Hewlett Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation, as well as
members of the public. For more information about Creative Commons,
visit the organization's Web site (http://creativecommons.org/).
Creative Director, Creative Commons
Welcome to our issue number 51 of Fedora Weekly News.
In this issue, we have following articles:
1 Red Hat Magazine Issue 20 June 2006
2 Looking for a few good women (and men)
3 Interview with Max Spevack from the Fedora project
4 Distrowatch: Still undecided? Then install Fedora Core 5!
5 Google Earth 4 Beta for Linux
6 Red Hat Fedora 5 Unleashed Book
7 IT Reviews: Fedora Core 5 Review
8 Open Video Contest goes live this week
9 Fedora Weekly Reports 2006-06-12
10 Fedora Core 4 and 5 Updates
11 Contributing to Fedora Weekly News
12 Editor's Blog
The latest issue can always be found at
We need more volunteer writers who watch the Fedora community and report
about what is going on. To find out how you can contribute, please visit
See you in next issue of FWN!
"..where you can free your knowledge for your free community!"
I did a little update to the Unofficial Fedora FAQ. As always, the FAQ
* Updated the NTFS, ATI, and nVidia instructions to also work
for dual-processor or dual-core machines.
* Updated the Java instructions to the latest version of
Java 1.5.0 (Update 7).
* Fixed a few typos and other small things.
As always, I really appreciate your contributions:
The Insider FAQ: Linux Made Simple.
My fellow Fedora-ites,
Many of you have probably seen this, but for those who haven't, I would
like to point your attention to an op-ed piece that was recently posted on
The author looks at the most recent releases of Ubuntu, SuSe, and Fedora,
and concludes that fc5 is "possibly one of the most stable and dependable
Linux distributions ever built."
This is tremendous praise, and I hope that everyone who contributes to
Fedora -- whether you contribute code to Core or Extras, documentation,
testing, design skills, web work, translation, or something else -- feels
a strong sense of pride from this, since it is the combined efforts of the
Fedora community that has gotten us to where we are.
Everywhere I go, people who find out that I work on Fedora compliment me
on fc5. I hear over and over again that it's the best yet, that things
"just work" and that it's powerful and slick. The credit for all of this
belongs to the developers, release engineers, and testers who put in
countless hours to get us there. Thank you.
We have a devel freeze for fc6-test1 tomorrow, and a scheduled release of
fc6-test1 next Wednesday.
So I'd like to thank all of the people who have been working hard on
getting things ready, and I'd like to urge everyone to put in the testing
effort that we need to make sure that fc6 lives up to the same standard
that we created for fc5.
Will Woods is our Fedora Test Lead, and fc6 is going to be the first
release that he works on. Please offer him your help, your time, and your
We will continue to make our mark by being the most innovative and highest
quality distribution. Let the other folks talk about it -- meanwhile,
we'll just keep making it happen.
You are Fedora.
+ gpg key -- http://people.redhat.com/mspevack/mspevack.asc
+ fingerprint -- CD52 5E72 369B B00D 9E9A 773E 2FDB CB46 5A17 CF21
...but men are just as welcome!
The Fedora Infrastructure and Administration Project is looking for people
who want to help create & maintain infrastructure that will take Fedora to
the next level.
If you're willing to help regularly in your spare time, and think you have
some skills to lend (web app coders especially wanted), please see
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Infrastructure, or e-mail
admin(a)fedoraproject.org if you have any questions.