LWN has a look at Fedora Core Test 2 written by Ladislav Bodnar of
distrowatch fame. It is a expanded view of distrowatch's weekly comments
on Fedora Core Test 2.
A few comments for more information. The switch to a prolonged
development cycle for Fedora Core 5 was specific to this release to
accommodate major changes within the infrastructure such as the Anaconda
changes. Anaconda, the defacto standard among Linux installers has gone
into a major "interface surgery" in the words of Bodnar who has
questioned the need for such a change. The need for such a change arises
to accommodate many of the important new developments the project has
brought forward. The switch to yum instead of up2date within Fedora, the
formation of Fedora Extras as a complimentary default repository with
over two thousand packages etc needed not just a interface change but a
core Anaconda revamp in the form of a yum backend. Better consistency
of distribution upgrades and planned ability of Anaconda to use Fedora
Extras and possibly any custom repository during installation time is a
fairly major advantage. The streamlining of the interface is
complimentary to this in my opinion.
Now why is the new applications such as Beagle, F-spot and Tomboy
mentioned in the release announcement but not Mono specifically?. I
believe the applications and the functionality improvements they bring
into the release is much more important the underlying language it is
written under which is why the inclusion of Mono is mentioned in the
release notes but not in the release announcement.
The review is generally positive in note of other changes such as as the
new security improvements(fstack-porter) written by Red Hat developer
which was originally part of Fedora Core 4 and backported into the
Fedora GCC compiler and now made upstream on the GCC 4.1 as the system
compiler for Fedora Core 5. The new look and feel, GNOME 2.14, Firefox
1.01 Pup, package updater are some of the core
positive things noted in the review. A few known issues are also mentioned.
Kudos to everyone involved in this release.
Fedora Bug Triaging - http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/BugZappers