The Fedora Unity Project is proud to announce the release of new ISO
Re-Spins (DVD and CD Sets) of Fedora 8.
These Re-Spin ISOs are based on the officially released Fedora 8
installation media and include all updates released as of May 1st, 2008.
The ISO images are available for i386, x86_64 and PPC architectures via
Jigdo and Torrent starting Monday, May 5th, 2008.
Go to http://spins.fedoraunity.org/spins to get the bits!
== CD Media Included ==
We have included CD Image sets for those in the Fedora community that do
not have DVD drives or burners available.
== Bugs solved in this Re-Spin ==
With this particular Re-Spin, fixes for the following bugs are included,
like on our last Fedora 8 Re-Spin releases[1,2]:
- #372011, "depsolve hang in F7 to F8 upgrade"
We have incorporated the updates image made by Jeremy Katz (comment #11
in the bug), and we have verified that a full Fedora 7 installation
upgrades to Fedora 8 without issues.
- #367731, "anaconda fails on Via VPSD motherboard"
On i586 hardware, the installation media wouldn't boot and thus renders
itself unusable. We have backported the fix for this issue from anaconda
development to the Fedora 8 stock anaconda, as anaconda is not updated
during a release.
- #369611, "yum upgrade with selinux-policy-strict installed fails"
A dependency problem in selinux-policy-strict during upgrades is
resolved in an updated selinux-policy-strict package, which is included
in the Re-Spin
- #404601, "anaconda crashes on 'cdrom' line in kickstart"
Updates to pykickstart incorporated in the rebuilt installer resolve
- #420281, Cannot find kickstart file during unattended installation
The kickstart file name searched for after booting from CD or DVD with
option "linux ks" and using a dhcp and nfs server is wrong.
== Attention: Changes in this Re-Spin ==
Also, we would like to let you know that NetworkManager is now installed
by default, and for people doing minimal installations; this service
will need to be disabled before the network starts to work.
== Thanks to ==
We would like to give a special thanks to the following for testing this
- Harley-D Dana Hoffman Jr
- zcat Jason Farrell
- iWolf Jeffrey Tadlock
- vwbusguy- Scott Williams
- baard1973 S.A. Hartsuiker
- Southern_Gentleman Ben Williams
- nirik Kevin Fenzi
- kanarip Jeroen van Meeuwen
== Testing Results ==
A full test matrix can be found at
A full list of bugs, packages and changelogs that have been updated in
this Re-Spin can be reviewed on
== Previous Re-Spin (20080331) will expire ==
Due to limited resources, this spin will immediately obsolete 20080331,
which will be deleted from our mirrors in the next few days.
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 1.33GiB 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.
Go to http://spins.fedoraunity.org/spins to get the bits!
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).
To report bugs in the Re-Spins please use http://bugs.fedoraunity.org/
Jeroen van Meeuwen
 Re-Spin 20071218
 Re-Spin 20080331
If you are a fan of Xfce and want to help improve the Xfce experience in
Fedora, join the Xfce SIG (Special Interest Group) at
Maintaining Xfce packages, translations, documentation, artwork and
improve the Fedora Xfce Spin (installable Live CD) are some of the
things you can do to help the Xfce team in Fedora.
A few weeks after the release of Fedora 9, it will be once again time
for Fedora Project Board elections. This time around, as you may have
heard, we have shifted our composition to five elected seats out of
nine, instead of the previous four.
Are you someone who thinks a lot about Fedora’s impact on society and
the world? Do you love reading books about open standards and the
free/remix culture? Do you want to work on big-picture issues as opposed
to technical details? Has the time you’ve spent working in the Fedora
Project brought you an appreciation for all the things our contributor
community does? Then you might be just the sort of person who’s
interested in a seat on the Board.
The job of the Board is to advise and guide the Fedora Project, as laid
out on its wiki page. We try to make sure that Fedora is at all times
living up to its mission of the advancement of free and open source
software, and that we are doing so in an open, transparent way. Board
membership carries with it a responsibility to the community to deal
with thorny issues, to anticipate and serve the needs of our
contributors, and to stay true to the principles on which the Project is
founded. In return, you have unlimited cosmic power!
That last part is not really true. In fact, the Board doesn’t really
have resources of its own — it’s the Board’s job to guide and advise,
and convince other Fedora contributors of the right path to follow. It
can be difficult work, but it’s rewarding to see the growth of Fedora
worldwide as a reminder of how far we’ve come, and how far we’ve yet to
If you are interested, you can simply nominate yourself by posting a
message to the fedora-advisory-board list, and please cc: me as well.
Election dates have not been set yet, but you can expect that
announcement very shortly.
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= Release notes for F9-beta on ia64 =
== Welcome ==
Welcome to the F9 beta release Fedora for ia64. F9 is the
first Fedora release to be officially supported on ia64. This
ia64 build of fedora is the first to be released under the "secondary
architectures" project. We have made efforts to make sure that
the ia64 release is equal to the release of Fedora for x86, x86_64,
ppc and ppc64, however there are some differences that should be
General information on the Fedora-ia64 project can be found at:
For more information about the secondary architectures project
for Fedora see:
== Download location ==
The beta can be downloaded from:
This will redirect you to one of the available mirrors for this
content. However, at this point there is only 1 public mirror.
We encourage anyone who managers a public mirror site to mirror
the secondary arch Fedora bits. Info on how to become a Fedora
mirror can be found at:
See the section with special information on secondary arch
mirroring. The mirroring system also allows for setting up
a private mirror only visible to clients connecting from a
specific range of ip addresses (useful for users inside of
== SRPM location ==
Since the ia64 release was not done in sync with the other
architectures it does not contain identical versions on all
packages. Since the fedora MirrorManager assumes that SRPMs
are identical for all arches downloading sources using yumdownloader
will sometimes get a different version of the sources than was
built for ia64. The entire tree containing binaries and the
exact sources used for this release are kept together in the
== Bug reporting ==
Open source software survives on defect reports from end users.
We would appreciate bugs reports if you find problems. Bugs
should be filed at:
Use the component "Fedora" and the version "rawhide" when you
file a bug aginst this beta release. Please add
fedora-ia64-committee(a)redhat.com to the CC list so we can
investigate if it is specific to our ia64 build. Also, please
include the full version of the package that contains the bug
(such as anaconda-188.8.131.52-1 or kernel-2.6.25-1.fc9) since the
versions in the ia64 beta often do not match the version that
was shipped with the beta for other arches.
== No live image ==
We do not yet have live DVD images for ia64. We hope to have
this for Fedora 10.
== Known issues and workarounds ==
There are some known issues with this release. An updated
list along with workarounds can be found at:
Known issues at the time of this writing are:
=== Installing using VNC fails ===
There is no known workaround for this at this time. You must use
either the text or the normal GUI install under X.
=== /boot/efi must be "efi" type not "vfat" ===
Manually partitioning fails if /boot/efi is selected as
"vfat" filesystem type. The workaround is to select "efi"
from the list of filesystem types. This issue is also seen
when trying to reuse an existing /boot/efi partition. When
re-using an existing /boot/efi partition the installation
will fail unless you specify to reformat it.
=== HP Smart Array boot failures ===
Occasional boot failures on HP Smart Array (aka "cciss")
devices. This is still under investigation and it is unclear
what the root cause is. Users who have seen this report
good results by booting with selinux disabled (selinux=0).
=== Anaconda crash on HP Smart Array with no disks ===
When installing on a system that has an HP Smart Array card
that has no disks configured, anaconda will crash.
The workaround is to:
* Step 1: When you get the warning "Unable to determine geometry ..."
* Step 2: When you are asked "The partition table on device cciss/c1d0
was unreadable .... Would you like to initialize this drive,
erasing ALL DATA?"
=== Firefox does not run on ia64 ===
Attempting to run firefox gives the error:
Could not find compatible GRE between version 1.9b5pre and 1.9b5pre.
This has been resolved in the current rawhide tree. Updating the
browser with "yum update firefox" should resolve this.