[Marketing] F24 Release Announcement -- Now on Pagure

Jan Kurik jkurik at redhat.com
Tue Mar 29 12:20:11 UTC 2016

On Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 1:47 PM, Joe Brockmeier <jzb at redhat.com> wrote:
> 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.

Only the Alpha has slipped by four weeks. The last one week slip of
the Alpha has not influenced the GA for the F24 Final, which is now
There is a link in the Release Announcement to the Schedule Wiki page
https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/24/Schedule which is


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