[PLUG] Fedora 8 Test 2 Released

Rahul Sundaram sundaram at fedoraproject.org
Fri Sep 14 22:45:05 IST 2007


Official Announcement




Release Notes


New in Fedora 8 Test 2

The following sections provide a brief overview of major changes from 
the last release of Fedora.


Fedora includes several different spins, which are variations of Fedora 
built from a specific set of software packages. Each spin has a 
combination of software to meet the requirements of a specific kind of 
end user. In addition to a very small boot.iso image for network 
installation, users have the following spin choices:

* A regular Fedora image for desktops, workstations and server users. 
This spin provides a good upgrade path and similar environment for users 
of previous releases of Fedora.

* Fedora Live (i686, x86_64, ppc) - A good general use Desktop live 
image that uses GNOME. i686 version fits on a CD

* Fedora KDE Live (i686, x86_64) - A Desktop based on the KDE software 
suite. i686 version fits on a CD

* Fedora Developer Live (i686) - A Live image designed for software 

* Fedora Electronic Lab (FEL) Live (i686) - A live image designed for 
engineers working on electronics. Fits on a CD

Remember that these Live images can be used on USB media via the 
'livecd-iso-to-disk' utility available in the livecd-tools package.


* A brand new graphical firewall configuration tool, 
system-config-firewall replaces system-config-securitylevel

* Iced Tea, Free and open source Java environment from Red Hat and 
others derived from OpenJDK as well as a browser plugin based on GCJ 
that takes advantage of Iced Tea is available and installed by default.

* Preview of Compiz Fusion, the compositing window manager from the 
remerge of Compiz and Beryl is installed by default. You can easily 
enable in GNOME via the desktop effects preference option. There is 
ongoing long term Xorg work to enable Compiz by default.

* We now have a new look and feel for this release called Infinity from 
the Fedora Art team.

* This test release features GNOME 2.20 Release Candidate.

* Nodoka, a fresh new GNOME theme created specially for Fedora is 
available in this release.

* KDE 3.5.7 is included in this release.

System Level Changes

* Fedora 8 Test 2 features a 2.6.23 based kernel.

* PulseAudio is now installed and enabled by default. PulseAudio is an 
advanced sound server which is compatible with nearly all existing Linux 
sound systems and allows for hot-switching audio outputs, individual 
volume controls for each audio stream, networked audio, and more.

Road Map And Release Schedule

* http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/8/


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