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Re: Announcing Fedora 11 Alpha (blink)



Jesse Keating wrote:
To blink or not to blink: that is the question;
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous users,
Or to take arms against a see of power drains.
And by opposing end them?  To die: to sleep;
No more: and by a sleep to say we suspend.

Ok enough of that.  The Fedora project is proud to present the
availability of Fedora 11 (Leonidas) Alpha.  Now is the time to test,
now is the time to improve.

The Alpha release provides the first opportunity for the wider community
to become involved with testing Fedora 11 by way of Rawhide:

Alpha represents a sanitized snapshot of rawhide, Fedora's development
branch, which undergoes rapid changes before becoming the next major
release.
* The Alpha should boot on the majority of systems, and provides: * A look at what new features are to be included in the
                next release
              * A way to provide feedback and bug reports to help ensure
                that the next release is as good as possible

For information about what new and wonderful things Alpha brings us,
please check out the release notes:
https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Fedora_11_Alpha_release_notes

What to test

Any news on dom0 for xen?

 Windows Cross Compiler (mingw32-*)
Good news. Will this permit developing Windows applications (as opposed to porting *x applications an writing portable applications)? Can one create .msi files? These are next to essential for ease of deployment on Windows.

  Btrfs File System

The Btrfs next-generation file system is an experimentally supported option in this release. To enable it within the installer, pass icantbelieveitsnotbtr at the installation boot prompt. The This might have seemed quite good fun at the time, but trust me it's going to become very tiresome very quickly for your users. Please, allow "btrfs," nothing longer.


  X Server

The key combination Ctrl-Alt-Backspace to kill the X server has been disabled by default. To get this behaviour back, add the the line

Option "DontZap" "false"

The time people find this has the wrong setting and that they need to change it us when the GUI has frozen and control-alt-bs doesn't work. They, they will assume it's just too frozen.

Please make this default to "true." False _might_ be okay in RHEL, but I have my doubts even then. At least the audience is different and the arguments for "false" a little stronger.

contrl-alt-backspace is way better than the reset button (if it exists) or the power switch, and those are the next choices for the trapped user or sysadmin.







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John

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