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The Fedora 22 release preparations are in full swing. Between the Alpha
and Beta release, community members following F22 developments
collaborate on what will become the Release Notes.
This can be a great opportunity to make a contribution that doesn't
require a big time investment or background in documentation. Simply
choose a feature or piece of software that you love, read about the F22
version of that software, and write down what you learn.
A few tools will help. If you're using F22, you can get info about the
package, like the upstream developer's website, like this:
rpm -qi inkscape
And a package changelog like this:
rpm -q --changelog pidgin
Packaged documentation, which will often include a detailed CHANGELOG or
NEWS file, can be listed with:
rpm -qd cairo
If you aren't quite ready to make the jump to F22, don't worry, you can
still get the info. The `rpm` commands above work with `repoquery` too, ie:
repoquery -q --changelog gimp --releasever 22
The Fedora Packages app, https://apps.fedoraproject.org/packages/ , is
also a great way to get a picture of the package without installing it.
While the commands above will help get you on the right path, the best
information will usually come from the software's developers directly.
Big projects like XFCE or LibreOffice will have detailed release notes
of their own we can learn from, and even small projects will provide a
An item in the Release Notes should cover a few basic points:
1. What is this thing? What does it do?
2. How do I use it?
3. What's different about the new version in F22?
4. Where do I learn more?
Don't worry about making the writing perfect, we're still in the
information gathering stage. Pick an item, choose a section from
https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Category:Documentation_beats , and leave
your note there. If you have questions, you can ask me or anyone in
#fedora-docs on freenode, or the docs list, or reply to this message on
the join list.
Around the beta release (that's in just a few weeks!) the content on the
wiki will converted to docbook and moved into a git repo. I'm looking
forward to reading what you write, thanks for helping show all the great
things Fedora has to offer.
- -- Pete Travis
- Fedora Docs Project Leader
- 'randomuser' on freenode
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A simple way to get on the QA team!
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From: Dennis Gilmore
Subject: [Test-Announce] Announcing the release of Fedora 22 Alpha!
Date: Tue, 10 Mar 2015 09:02:27 -0500
Fedora 22 Alpha Release Announcement
The Fedora 22 Alpha release has arrived, with a preview of the latest
free and open source technology under development. Take a peek inside!
• Get Fedora 22 Alpha Workstation
• Get Fedora 22 Alpha Server
• Get Fedora 22 Alpha Cloud
• Get Fedora 22 Alpha Spins
What is the Alpha release?
The Alpha release contains all the exciting features of Fedora 22's
editions in a form that anyone can help test. This testing, guided by
the Fedora QA team, helps us target and identify bugs. When these bugs
are fixed, we make a Beta release available. A Beta release is
code-complete and bears a very strong resemblance to the third and
final release. The final release of Fedora 22 is expected in May.
We need your help to make Fedora 22 the best release yet, so please
take some time to download and try out the Alpha and make sure the
things that are important to you are working well. If you find a bug,
please report it – every bug you uncover is a chance to improve the
experience for millions of Fedora users worldwide.
Together, we can make Fedora 22 another rock-solid release. We have a
culture of coordinating new features and pushing fixes upstream as much
as feasible, and your feedback will help improve not only Fedora but
Linux and free software on the whole.
Fedora 22 Cloud
The Fedora 22 Cloud Edition builds on the work completed during the
Fedora 21 cycle, and brings in a number of improvements that make
Fedora 22 a superb choice for running Linux in the cloud.
Ready for the Fedora 22 release, we have:
• The latest versions of rpm-ostree and rpm-ostree-toolbox. You can
even use rpm-ostree-toolbox to generate your own Atomic hosts from
a custom set of packages.
• A Vagrant image for Fedora 22 Atomic Host and Cloud Images. We're
supplying Vagrant boxes that work with KVM or VirtualBox, so users
on Fedora will be able to easily consume the Vagrant images with
KVM, and users on Mac OS X or Windows can use the VirtualBox image.
• Tunir: A new, lightweight Continuous Integration (CI) tool for
rapid testing of cloud images. While being driven by the need for
simple CI for the Cloud Working Group, it's generic enough to be
used by anyone to configure and run jobs/tests on their local
Fedora 22 Server
The Fedora 22 Server Edition brings several changes that will improve
Fedora for use as a server in your environment.
• Database Server Role: Fedora 21 introduced Rolekit, a daemon for
Linux systems that provides a stable D-Bus interface to manage
deployment of server roles. The Fedora 22 release adds onto that
work with a database server role based on PostgreSQL.
• Cockpit Updates: The Cockpit Web-based management application has
been updated to the latest upstream release which adds many new
features as well as a modular design for adding new functionality.
Fedora 22 Workstation
As always, Fedora carries a number of improvements to make life better
for its desktop users! Here's some of the goodness you'll get in Fedora
22 Workstation edition.
• The GNOME Shell notification system has been redesigned and
subsumed into the calendar widget.
• The Terminal now notifies you when a long running job completes.
• The login screen now uses Wayland by default. This is a step
towards replacing X with Wayland, and users should not actually
notice the difference.
• Installation of GStreamer codecs, fonts, and certain document types
is now handled by Software, instead of gnome-packagekit.
• The Automatic Bug Reporting Tool (ABRT) now features better
notifications, and uses the privacy control panel in GNOME to
control information sent.
• The Nautilus file manager has been improved to use GActions, from
the deprecated GtkAction APIs, for a better, more consistent
• The GNOME Shell has a refreshed theme for better usability.
• The Qt/Adwaita theme is now code complete, and Qt notifications
have been improved for smoother experience using Qt-based apps in
Under the covers:
• The libinput library is now used for both X11 and Wayland for
consistent input device handling.
• Plasma 5, the successor to KDE Plasma 4, is now the default
workspace in the Fedora KDE spin.
• The Xfce spin has been updated to Xfce 4.12 just in time for the
Alpha release. This release has an enormous number of improvements,
including HiDPI support, improvements to window tiling, support for
Gtk3 plugins, and many improvements for multi-monitor support.
Issues and Details
This is an Alpha release. As such, we expect that you may encounter
bugs or missing features. To report issues encountered during testing,
contact the Fedora QA team via the test mailing list or in #fedora-qa
As testing progresses, common issues are tracked on the Common F22 Bugs
For tips on reporting a bug effectively, read "how to file a bug
The full release schedule is available on the Fedora wiki:
The current schedule calls for a beta release in the middle of April,
and a final release in the second half of May.
These dates are subject to change, pending any major bugs or issues
found during the development process.
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