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Announcing Fedora 7 Test 4 (6.93)



The Fedora Project is pleased to announce the release of the fourth and
final test release of Fedora 7! 

Test 4 is for beta users. This is the time when we MUST have full
community participation. Without this participation both hardware and
software functionality suffers. We need your help. Join us!


Road Map And Release Schedule
=============================
This is the final test release before the final Fedora 7 release, which
is scheduled for May 24, 2007.

For further information see http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/7/ 


How to get it:
=============
DVD and network installation are available. We also offer three
different varieties of installable Live media - see "Live CD", below.

http://torrent.fedoraproject.org/
The recommended method of download is via BitTorrent from this site.

http://fedora.redhat.com/Download/mirrors.html
HTTP, FTP, and RSYNC downloads are available from Fedora Project mirrors
listed above.  Note that not all mirrors may be synced at this time.

For those of you already running a pre-release version of Fedora 7, all
you need to do to upgrade to Test 4 is update your packages.


Release Notes:
=============
Testing focus
      * Users of e1000 (Intel gigabit ethernet) devices should be on the
        lookout for device lockups, although we believe this is fixed.
      * The new wireless stack is working well but still needs testing.
        In particular, iwlwifi (Intel 3945) has been troublesome in the
        past but should be much better in this release.
      * Upgrades from Fedora Core 6 (or older) should be tested, but
        please
        be careful - this is still a test release and we can't guarantee
        everything will work as expected.
        
Important Warnings about the Test Release
      * The 2.6.21 kernel uses new IDE drivers which use the same
        'libata' subsystem as the SATA drivers. As a side-effect, IDE
        devices previously named /dev/hdX will now be named /dev/sdX.
        This may cause problems with anything that mentions devices by
        name instead of by filesystem label. Anaconda should be able to
        detect most of these problems and help you fix them. 

General
      * In previous test releases the default product was called
        "Prime", but after feedback from Marketing and the community it
        has been renamed simply "Fedora". 
      * Fedora 7 Test 4's primary product is a Desktop/Development
        Workstation/Server distribution which closely matches the
        contents of previous Fedora Core releases.

Live CD
      * This test release includes three Live images: an i386 Desktop
        Live CD, an x86_64 Desktop Live DVD, and an i386 KDE Live CD.
        These Live CDs can be installed to disk using the graphical
        Anaconda installer. 

Desktop
      * This test release features GNOME 2.18.
      * The new Echo icon theme is no longer the default, although it is
        still available from the repositories. 
      * KDE and Xfce, among several other packages, are included in the
        development repositories, but not on the media. They can be
        installed using the appropriate software management tools. 
      * Fast User Switching is now available via the
        fast-user-switch-applet. See
        http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/FeatureFastUserSwitching
        for more details. 
      * The internet messaging program called "Gaim" is now known as
        "Pidgin". See http://pidgin.im/ for more info.

Performance
      * System performance is generally slower in the test releases as
        compared to the general release since we enable several options
        that help with debugging. 
      * Yum / rpm performance should be better in this release than
        previous Fedora 7 test releases. 

System Level Changes
      * Amanda Users who upgrade from older releases need to read the
        amanda.conf and amanda-client.conf man pages to learn about the
        the new syntax for calling amandad, as well as edit
        the /etc/xinetd.d/amanda configuration file to follow the new
        syntax. 
      * This release includes a kernel based on 2.6.21-rc7. Current
        release information is tracked on the kernel release notes page:
        http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Docs/Beats/Kernel


Bug reporting and tracking:
==========================
The Release Engineering and QA teams keep track of bugs that are
considered release blockers. You can see that list here:
http://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/showdependencytree.cgi?id=FC7Blocker 

In addition, a list of non-blocker bugs that should be fixed for Fedora
7 if possible can be found here:
http://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/showdependencytree.cgi?id=FC7Target 

Please check these lists before reporting new bugs! 

Bugs for this release should be reported against the Fedora Core
product, version 'devel'. You can use this convenient link to report
bugs:
https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/enter_bug.cgi?product=Fedora%
20Core&version=devel

About Fedora
============
Fedora is a set of projects sponsored by Red Hat and guided by the 
contributors. These projects are developed by a large community of
people who strive to provide and maintain the very best in free, open
source software and standards. The central Fedora project is an
operating system and platform based on Linux that is always free for
anyone to use, modify, and distribute, now and forever.

You can help the Fedora Project community continue to improve Fedora if
you file bug reports and enhancement requests. Refer to 
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/BugsAndFeatureRequests for more
information. 
Thank you for your participation!

To find out more general information about Fedora, refer to the
following Web pages:
  * Fedora Overview (http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Overview)
  * Fedora FAQ (http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FAQ)
  * Help and Support (http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Communicate)
  * Participate in the Fedora Project
(http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/HelpWanted)

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