[Marketing] F24 Release Announcement -- Now on Pagure

Joe Brockmeier jzb at redhat.com
Tue Mar 29 11:47:53 UTC 2016

On 03/28/2016 10:51 PM, Remy DeCausemaker wrote:
> mktg et al,
> Below (and attached) is the final draft of the F24 Alpha Release
> Announcement for your review. If you have any edits before we push at
> 10am, I will be checking my inbox and the pagure repo one last time
> around 9am, which can be found here: http://pagure.io/fedora-mktg
> I have already converted the draft below to HTML, and added it to the
> Fedora Magazine, which can also be viewed here:
> https://fedoramagazine.org/?p=12400&preview=1&_ppp=d8ef999782
> Shout-out to linuxmodder, jzb, mattdm, simo, jds2001, and
> extra-specially stickster, for the edits and contributions along the
> way. I feel pretty good about what we've got thusfar, which should
> provide a good base for the Beta and GA announcements as well.
> Happy Hacking,
> --RemyD.
> ----Final Draft----
> ====================================
> The Fedora 24 Alpha is here, right on schedule for our planned June
> final release. Download the prerelease from our Get Fedora site:

Erm. We've slipped by four weeks, right? :-) Maybe we want to change
this. Sorry to point this out at the last minute.

And if we do edit this, maybe also a teaser for the Flock mention at the

Otherwise looks good to me.

> - Get Fedora 24 Alpha Workstation
> https://getfedora.org/en/workstation/prerelease/
> - Get Fedora 24 Alpha Server https://getfedora.org/en/server/prerelease/
> - Get Fedora 24 Alpha Cloud https://getfedora.org/en/cloud/prerelease/
> - Get Fedora 24 Alpha Spins https://spins.fedoraproject.org/prerelease.
> - Get Fedora 24 Alpha Labs https://labs.fedoraproject.org/prerelease.
> - Get Fedora 24 Alpha ARM https://arm.fedoraproject.org/prerelease.
> What is the Alpha release?
> --------------------------
> The Alpha release contains all the features of Fedora 24'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 24 is expected in June.
> If you take the time to download and try out the Alpha, you can check
> and make sure the things that are important to YOU are working. Every
> bug you find and report doesn't just help you, it improves the
> experience of 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 we
> can, and your feedback improves not only Fedora, but Linux and Free
> software as a whole.
> * https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/24/Schedule
> * https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/How_to_file_a_bug_report
> Fedora-Wide Changes
> -------------------
> Under the hood, glibc has moved to 2.23.  The update includes better
> performance, many bugfixes and improvements to POSIX compliance, and
> additional locales. The new library is backwards compatible with the
> version of glibc that was shipped in Fedora 23, and includes a number
> of security and bug fixes.
> Workstation
> -----------
> - There have been many changes to theming in GTK+ 3, where a stable
>   API has not been declared. As a result, applications that use custom
>   CSS theming, for example, may show issues with their appearance.
>   This may include default applications that come with Fedora 24 Alpha
>   Workstation. Users are asked to try out their favorite GTK+ 3 based
>   applications and report bugs upstream so they might be addressed in
>   time for the final release.
> - Workstation features a preview of GNOME 3.20, which was released
>   just after the Alpha was cut. The GNOME 3.20 release is already
>   available in the Fedora 24 update stream. Once you install Fedora 24
>   Alpha, you can use Software or dnf to update. GNOME 3.20 will of
>   course be part of Fedora 24 Beta and the Final release.
> - We have decided not to make Wayland, the next generation graphic
>   stack, the default in Fedora 24 Workstation. However, Wayland
>   remains available as an option, and the Workstation team would
>   greatly appreciate your help in testing. Our goal is one full
>   release where the non-default Wayland option works seamlessly, or
>   reasonably close thereto. At that point we will make Wayland the
>   default with X11 as the fallback option.
> Server
> ------
> - The new partitioning scheme for Fedora Server is designed to be more
>   in line with a server deployment, and further differentiate the
>   server edition from other editions of Fedora.
> - More packages have been removed from the default Server edition in
>   order to make the footprint of the default installation smaller.
> - FreeIPA 4.3 (Domain Controller role) is included in Fedora 24. This
>   version helps streamline installation of replicas by adding a
>   replica promotion method for new installs. A new topology plugin has
>   also been added that automatically manages new replication segment
>   creation. An effective replica topology visualization tool is also
>   available in the webUI.
> Cloud
> -----
> - For Fedora 24, we're working hard to make Fedora the best platform
>   for developing containers, from the base Fedora container images to
>   a full-featured PaaS to run and manage them.
> - We're packaging OpenShift Origin for Fedora to make it easy to run
>   on Fedora. OpenShift Origin is a distribution of Kubernetes
>   optimized for enterprise application development and
>   deployment. Origin embeds Kubernetes and adds powerful additional
>   functionality to deliver an easy to approach developer and operator
>   experience for building applications in containers.
> Spins and Labs
> --------------
> Fedora Spins are alternative desktops for Fedora that provide a
> different desktop experience than the standard Fedora Workstation
> edition. Fedora Workstation is built on the GNOME desktop environment
> and aims to provide a compelling, easy-to-use operating system for
> software developers, while also being well-suited to other users. Our
> spins showcase KDE Plasma, Xfce, LXDE, Mate-Compiz, Cinnamon, and
> Sugar on a Stick (Soas) on the same Fedora Base.
> Fedora Labs are collections of software for specific purposes — Games,
> Design, Robotics, and so on. They are pre-selected sets of Fedora
> software and are ideal for events or audiences with the corresponding
> specific interest. Fedora 24 comes with a new lab, the Astronomy Spin, a
> set of tools for astronomers and astrophysicists.
> Note that the SoaS spin and Security, Games, and Design Suite labs are
> missing from the Fedora 24 Alpha release. We plan to fix this for the
> Beta release.
> ---
> ARM images are available as usual for several usecases. Fedora 24 ships
> Desktop images, such as Spins and Workstation, but also provides a
> Server image. A minimal Fedora image completes the wide set of install
> options for you ARM board.
> Atomic Host
> -----------
> Fedora Atomic Host releases on a two-week schedule, and each release is
> built on the latest overall Fedora OS. This schedule means the Atomic
> Host is currently built on Fedora 23, but will switch to Fedora 24 when
> we're out of Beta. There currently is no Fedora Atomic Host built on
> Fedora 24 Alpha, but we plan to have that for the Beta.
> However, you can try one of the newer features with recent Fedora Atomic
> Host builds today. Since Fedora 23 was released, Atomic Host has added a
> "developer mode" that gives a better developer experience overall. When
> running in DEVELOPER MODE, the host will download and start Cockpit and
> fire up a TMUX session to make it easier to work at the console and
> obtain necessary information (like the root password, IP address,
> etc.).
> 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 mailing list or in #fedora-qa on
> Freenode.
> As testing progresses, common issues are tracked on the Common F24 Bugs
> page.
> * https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Common_F24_bugs
> For tips on reporting a bug effectively, read "how to file a bug
> report."
> * https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/How_to_file_a_bug_report
> Release Schedule
> ----------------
> The full release schedule is available on the Fedora wiki:
> * https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/24/Schedule
> The current schedule calls for a beta release towards the beginning of May, and
> the final release in early June.
> Be aware that these dates are development targets. Some projects release
> on a set date regardless of feature completeness or bugs; others wait
> until certain thresholds for functionality or testing are met. Fedora
> uses a hybrid model, with milestones subject to adjustment. This allows
> us to make releases with new features and newly-integrated and updated
> upstream software while also retaining high quality.
> Flock 2016: Krakow, Poland
> --------------------------
> If you're a contributor to Fedora, or interested in getting more
> involved, one way to engage with our community is through Fedora
> premier events.
> The annual North American/European conference for Fedora contributors
> is Flock, which takes place August 2-5, 2016 in Krakow, Poland.
> Registration is now open at https://register.flocktofedora.org.
> For more information about our Latin American and Asia-Pacific
> Conferences, stay tuned for announcements on the Fedora Community
> Blog:
> * https://communityblog.fedoraproject.org
> ----Final Draft----

Joe Brockmeier | Community Team, OSAS
jzb at redhat.com | http://community.redhat.com/
Twitter: @jzb  | http://dissociatedpress.net/

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