Announcing the release of Fedora 14 Alpha!!

Dennis Gilmore dennis at
Tue Aug 24 14:15:34 UTC 2010

The Fedora 14 "Laughlin" Alpha release is available! This release offers a 
preview of some of the best free and open source technology currently under 
development. Catch a glimpse of the future:

== What is the Alpha release? ==

The Alpha release contains all the features of Fedora 14 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 14 is due in November.

We need your help to make Fedora 14 the best release yet, so please take a 
moment of your time to download and try out the Alpha and make sure the things 
that are important to you are working. 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 a rock-solid 
distribution.  (Read down to the end of the announcement for more information 
on how to help.)

Fedora 14 is named in honor of distinguished physicist Robert B. Laughlin, 
whose fields of research have included, among other things, the topic of 
emergence. Emergence is the process by which a group of individual components 
interact to produce a system that is more complex than the sum of its parts - 
a perfect description of an open source community.


This release of Fedora includes a variety of features both over and under the 
hood that show off the power and flexibility of the advancing state of free 
software.  Examples include:

* '''System and session management.''' Fedora 14 introduces '''systemd''', a 
smarter, more efficient way of starting up and managing the background daemons 
that services we all use every day - such as '''NetworkManager''' and 
'''PulseAudio''' - rely on.
* '''Desktop virtualization'''. High-quality access to QEMU virtual machines 
moves a step closer with the introduction of '''Spice''', a complete open 
source solution for interaction with virtualized desktops.
* '''Faster JPEG compression/decompression'''. The replacement of 
'''libjpeg''' with '''libjpeg-turbo''' brings speed improvements to a wide 
range of applications when handling images in JPEG format, including photo 
managers, video editors and PDF readers.
* '''New and updated programming languages'''. Fedora 14 sees the introduction 
of '''D''', a systems programming language combining power and high 
performance with programmer productivity, as well as updates to '''Python''', 
'''Erlang''', and '''Perl'''.
* '''Better tools for developers'''. Simpler, faster debugging with '''gdb''' 
indexing and new commands for finding and fixing memory leaks, as well as new 
versions of '''NetBeans''' and '''Eclipse'''.
* '''The latest desktop environments'''. '''KDE 4.5''' introduces window 
tiling and better notification features, along with many stability 
improvements. '''Sugar 0.90''' features major usability improvements and 
support for 3G networks.
* '''Improved netbook experience with MeeGo™'''. The '''MeeGo™ Netbook UX 
1.0''' provides a user interface tailored specifically for netbooks, building 
on the foundations laid by '''Moblin''' in previous Fedora releases.
* '''Fedora on the cloud'''. From Fedora 14 onward images for EC2 will be 
provided for each new release, allowing users of Amazon's on-demand cloud 
computing platform to use the latest Fedora.
* '''IPMI server management made simple'''. New to Fedora 14 is 
'''ipmiutil''', an easy-to-use, fully-featured IPMI server management utility 
that allows a wide range of management functions to be performed with just a 
few commands.
* '''Support for SCAP'''. Fedora 14 introduces an open source framework for 
the Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP), allowing users to 
automatically scan their system to check whether it complies with a defined 
security configuration.
* '''Perl 6 support with Rakudo'''. Fedora 14 comes with Rakudo Perl, an 
implementation of the Perl 6 specification based on the Parrot virtual machine, 
which enables developers to write new applications or port existing ones to 
Perl 6.   
* '''More powerful data analysis'''. Given that Fedora 14 is named after one 
of the giants of modern theoretical physics, it seems appropriate that 
Laughlin sees the introduction to Fedora of '''ROOT''', an obejct-oriented, 
open-source platform for data acquisition, simulation and data analysis 
developed by CERN. Support for the increasingly popular '''R''' statistical 
programming language is also broadened with a range of new addons.  
These and many other improvements provide a wide and solid base for future 
releases, further increasing the range of possibilities for developers and 
helping to maintain Fedora's position at the leading edge of free and open 
source technology.

A more complete list and details of each new cited feature is available here: 

We have nightly composes of alternate spins available here:

== Issues and Details ==

For more information including common and known bugs, tips on how to report 
bugs, and the official release schedule, please refer to the release notes: 

ATI/AMD Radeon|In particular, if a blank screen is presented during 
installation, especially with ATI/AMD Radeon video, please review

== Contributing ==

Bug reports are helpful, especially for Alpha.  If you encounter any issues 
please report them and help make this release of Fedora the best ever.

Thank you, and we hope to see you in the Fedora project!
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