Announcing the release of Fedora 23 Beta for AARCH64 and POWER!

Peter Robinson pbrobinson at
Tue Sep 22 16:09:49 UTC 2015

Fedora 23 Beta Release Announcement for AARCH64 and POWER architectures

The Fedora 23 Beta is here for AARCH64 and POWER architectures, right
on schedule for our planned October final release! Want to help make
Fedora 23 be the best release ever on those architectures, or just
want to get a sneak peek? Download the prerelease from the site
and give it a whirl:

*   Get Fedora 23 Beta Server — make use of the very latest
    server-based technologies available in the open source community

*   Get Fedora 23 Beta Cloud — build scale-out computing and utilize
    the next generation of container deployment technology

What is the Beta release?

The Beta release contains all the exciting features of Fedora 23'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 23 is expected
in October.

We need your help to make Fedora 23 the best yet, so please take
some time to download and try out the Beta 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 rock-solid. 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-Wide Changes

Fedora 23 includes a number of changes that will improve all of the
editions. For example, Fedora 23 makes use of compiler flags to
improve security by "hardening" the binaries against memory
corruption vulnerabilities, buffer overflows, and so on. This is a
"behind the scenes" change that most users won't notice through
normal use of a Fedora edition, but will help provide additional
system security.

Likewise, Fedora 23 has disabled SSL3 and RC4 by default due to
known vulnerabilities in the protocols. This means all applications
that use GNUTLS and OpenSSL libraries have had the SSL3 protocol
and RC4 cipher disabled.

Fedora 23 Beta also includes support for Unicode 8.0, which
includes new emojis, and improvements in sorting Unicode text and
processing non-ASCII URLs.

Fedora Server

The Fedora Server release includes a number of interesting changes
and additions.

The rolekit service now supports setting up three roles. In
addition to the previously supported Domain Controller (powered by
FreeIPA abd Database Server (powered by PostgreSQL) roles, Fedora
Server 23 features a cache server for web applications (powered by

Rolekit can also now be used from the anaconda kickstart by passing
the `--deferred` arguments to `rolectl`. For example: `rolectl
deploy domaincontroller --deferred` will
instruct the system to deploy the Domain Controller role on the
next boot.

The Cockpit Admin Interface in Fedora Server has several big
improvements as well.

*   Support for SSH key authentication
*   Support for configuring user accounts with their authorized keys.
*   Basic cluster dashboard for driving Kubernetes on Fedora Server
    and Fedora Atomic Host.
*   Set the imezone for your Fedora Server from the Cockpit User
    Interface (UI).
*   Cockpit has also been made safe to use with multipath disks.

Fedora Cloud

Fedora 23 Cloud Base image includes many updates and enhancements to the
underlying Fedora base packages. For example, Fedora 23 now has the
latest Docker release, docker 1.8. We can now verify the publisher
of an image before running. This gives the users the power to identify
that the image publisher published has not been tampered with.

Issues and Details

This is an Beta 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 mailing list or in #fedora-qa on

As testing progresses, common issues are tracked on the Common F23
Bugs page.

For tips on reporting a bug effectively, read "how to file a bug

Release Schedule

The full release schedule planned is available on the Fedora wiki.
The current schedule calls for a beta release towards the end of
September, and the final release scheduled towards the end of October.

These dates are subject to change, pending any major bugs or issues
found during the development process.

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