ATrpms is officially launching Fedora 8 support for i386, x86_64 and
o The actual download location is http://dl.atrpms.net/. Mirrors are
listed at http://atrpms.net/mirrors/
o "stable", "testing" and "bleeding", the three subrepos per
distribution are not cumulative inclusive on the server
E.g. you need to add "stable" for "testing", and both "stable"
and "testing" for "bleeding".
ATrpms is a 3rd party general purpose package repository. It currently
o F8/i386, F8/x86_64, F8/ppc, F7/i386, F7/x86_64, F7/ppc, FC6/i386,
o RHEL5/i386, RHEL5/x86_64, RHEL4/i386, RHEL4/x86_64, RHEL3/i386,
FC6 support will be EOL'd once the Fedora Project drops support for it
(e.g. on December 7, 2007).
Configuration for package resolvers (replace i386 with x86_64 or ppc
name=Fedora 8 - i386 - ATrpms
name=Fedora 8 - i386 - ATrpms
repomd http://dl.atrpms.net f8-i386/atrpms/stable
you can provide feedback or request support on the ATrpms lists
(http://lists.atrpms.net/), or the common bug tracker
Axel.Thimm at ATrpms.net
On behalf of the Livna ( http://rpm.livna.org ) contributers I'd like to
announce the availability of the Livna package repository for Fedora 8
(Werewolf). The Livna repository hosts software as RPM packages which
cannot be shipped in the official Fedora repository for various reasons
and supports the i386, x86_64 and ppc architectures.
Using the Livna repository gives your Werewolf the ability to play all
kinds of audio such as MP3 files and plays DVDs. Additionally Livna
offers the ATI and Nvidia closed-source drivers in a Fedora-compatible
rpm package for the Fedora users whose videocards are not yet fully
supported with the stock open source drivers.
You can browse the repository at http://rpm.livna.org/fedora/8/ To make
it available on a freshly installed Fedora 8 system run the following
$ su -c 'rpm -ivh http://rpm.livna.org/livna-release-8.rpm'
Further below you'll find some more examples on getting the important
bits for a modern system installed from livna.
On another note, I have some sad news:
Fedora 8 will be the last release livna will be offering its add-on
packages for. But don't despair, the future is bright: The Livna
contributers are busy working together with the guys behind dribble and
freshrpms to offer a unified repository in the future bringing you
games, multimedia software and other tools from a single source. This
merged repository is called "RPM Fusion"; you can find more information
about it at http://rpmfusion.org/
Interested? Want to help? Then don't hesitate and subscribe to the
developers mailing lists at
or meet us in the #rpmfusion channel on freenode.
That's all folks. Thank you for your attention and we wish you a very
pleasant flight with the newly released Fedora 8 together with the Livna
== More details ==
Ladies and gentleman, the pilot has informed me that we've reached our
travel altitude. You can now loosen your seatbelt's and our flight
attendants will be with you shortly for refreshments. Still aboard and
reading? Great, here are some more informations for the curious:
=== Reminder for the folks that plan to yum-update to Fedora 8 ===
If you have livna-packages installed on your system and plan to
live-update to Fedora 8 using yum then please leave the livna-repos
enabled for the big "yum update" run. Then you'll get all the updated
packages from livna as well, which is important, as their dependencies
get fulfilled by the Fedora 8 packages -- that's not the case for the
old Livna packages that might still be installed on your Fedora system.
=== Examples to get the most important bits from livna ===
Once you installed the release-rpm you can install software using the
graphical software installation tool called pirut, which is part of
Fedora. You as root-users can also use yum on a command line to install
packages; for example:
* if you'd like to install xine as a video-player run
# yum install xine-lib-extras-nonfree xine
* if you prefer mplayer run
# yum install mplayer-gui
* if you prefer vlc run
# yum install vlc
* if you want to get the latest nvidia graphic drivers for modern cards
and the stock Fedora kernel run
# yum install kmod-nvidia
and restart X.
* if you want to get the latest amd graphic drivers for the stock Fedora
# yum install kmod-fglrx
and restart X.
* you want to get MP3-Support in Gnome apps? run
# yum install gstreamer-plugins-ugly
* you're using KDE? Well, then run:
# yum install k3b-extras-nonfree kdemultimedia-extras-nonfree
=== Problems? ===
Let us know via http://bugzilla.livna.org/
=== Need support? ===
Many people in #fedora on freenode, on fedora-list(a)redhat.com and in the
forums know how to help.
=== Developer contact ===
Meet us in #livna on freenode or join the mailing list at
=== EOF ===
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On Thursday November 8th (about 3:00 PM GMT), Fedora 8 will go live to
the world, and you will be able to download it at
The bits are all finalized, the mirrors are synced, and the torrents are
primed. But until we flip the switch, you will have to tide yourself
over with this -- my personal Fedora 8 release announcement.
Fortunately, it's pretty long, so if you read it all, Fedora 8 might be
released by the time you have finished!
Fedora Core 1 was released on November 6, 2003. That is almost exactly
4 years ago to the date. There are a lot of people reading this who
were users, developers, or both of Fedora Core 1. I wasn't even a part
of the Fedora community back then -- I remember reading about it on
Slashdot and thinking "Red Hat would be a fun place to work some day".
I have been part of the Fedora Project for a little less than 2 years,
but I know enough of the people who have been there since day 1 to
recognize the tremendous strides that have been taken between version 1
and version 8 of this distribution.
Our community has grown, both the folks within Red Hat who are lucky
enough to spend their days working on Fedora and the folks in our
volunteer community who give so generously of their time and talents.
We have seen Fedora Extras go from an idea to a reality to such a
tremendous success that it led to the complete restructuring of Fedora's
We have seen the emergence of infrastructure and translation teams that
are world-class in their abilities and achievements.
We have seen many of the brightest software engineers anywhere, some as
Red Hat employees and some as volunteers, continue to produce innovative
work with an "upstream first" mentality that benefits not just Red Hat
and Fedora but the entire free software community.
The Fedora Project on the whole -- not just the Linux distribution that
it produces -- today is consistent, reliable, and moving in the right
direction. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to be a part of that.
One of the goals that we specifically chose for Fedora 8 was to use it
as the release that gets us back on track in terms of predictability. We
picked two dates -- Halloween and May Day -- that are 6 months apart,
and for the foreseeable future it is Fedora's goal to release as close
to those two dates as possible.
Fedora 7 was released on May 31st. Fedora 8 arrives on November 8th.
In the software world, getting within one week of a date that was picked
six months earlier is considered successful, and I think that everyone
in our development and contributor community should be proud of the fact
that we put together a quality release that includes lots of new
features in exactly 23 weeks.
Fedora's development priorities tend to come in cycles. If you think
back to the Fedora Core 6 release cycle, you will remember that a
significant portion of the engineering goals for that release were
driven by the knowledge that Fedora Core 6 would be the upstream for Red
Hat Enterprise Linux 5. Everyone knew going in that Fedora Core 6 would
be more "corporate" than "community". And that was ok, because we also
knew that once Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 was released, the Fedora
Project would be able to spend its next several releases focused on its
community-related priorities. Fedora 9 will probably start to see the
pendulum swing back in the other direction, as Red Hat Enterprise Linux
6 starts to materialize on the horizon.
Fedora 7 and Fedora 8 need to be thought of together in that context --
the community's goals and priorities being paramount. The overarching
goal for both of these releases has been in the realm of custom spins.
We debuted this model in Fedora 7 with pungi, livecd-creator, and
revisor. Fedora 8 has expanded this further, and has proven the
hypothesis of "if we give people the tools, they will come".
Fedora 8 brings with it a developer spin, a games spin, and an
electronic lab spin, in addition to the GNOME and KDE desktop spins that
were first part of Fedora 7.
Additionally, we have seen organizations like Creative Commons use the
Fedora build tools in the past year as the basis for their own custom
Linux projects, built using Fedora as its foundation.
There are a tremendous number of new features in Fedora 8 -- too many
for me to list here. But there is an excellent release summary on the
Fedora Project wiki that I encourage you to read if you want more
specifics about Fedora 8.
If you are interested in running Fedora 8 entirely off of a USB key, we
have an article in Red Hat Magazine that can help you.
We also have a series of interviews with some of the developers who
worked on these features, which offer interesting insights.
If you check out my blog, you can see our ongoing "lesser-known Fedora
And finally, for those of you who can't get enough and want to know what
is being planned for Fedora 9, I am here to help.
My sincere thanks to all of our developers, users, testers, writers,
translators, and ambassadors -- in short, our Community, wherever you
happen to live or work. You are Fedora. None of this would exist
Fedora Project Leader
The Fedora Unity Project is proud to announce the release of new ISO
Re-Spins (DVD and CD Sets) of Fedora 7. These Re-Spin ISOs are based on
Fedora 7 and all updates released as of October 30th, 2007. The ISO
images are available for i386 and x86_64 architectures via jigdo
starting Wednesday, November 7th, 2007. We have included CD Image sets
for those in the Fedora community that do not have DVD drives or burners
Fedora Unity has taken up the Re-Spin task to provide the community with
the chance to install Fedora with recent updates already included. These
updates might otherwise comprise more than 1.91GiB of downloads for a
full install. This is a community project, for and by the community.
You can contribute to the community by joining our test process.
A full changelog of the packages that have been updated in this Re-Spin
can be reviewed on http://spins.fedoraunity.org/changelogs/20071030/
This Re-Spin will obsolete the previous Re-Spin released by Fedora
Unity, namely '20070912'.
If you are interested in helping with the testing or mirroring efforts,
please contact the Fedora Unity team. Contact information is available
at http://fedoraunity.org/ or the #fedora-unity channel on the Freenode
IRC Network (irc.freenode.net).
Go to http://spins.fedoraunity.org/ to get the bits!
To report bugs in the Re-Spins please use http://bugs.fedoraunity.org/
Jeroen van Meeuwen
Fedora Unity Founder
Fedora is a trademark of Red Hat, Inc.
A reminder to users: Fedora Core 6 will reach its end of life for updates on
Friday, December 7, 2007.
Fedora 7 will remain supported until one month past the release of Fedora 9
(as things stand, this would be roughly through the end of May, 2008).
- The Fedora Board