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Announcing Fedora 7 Test 2 (6.91)



Welcome to Fedora 7 Test 2

I am please to announce the second test release for Fedora 7.

Downloads
========
DVD and network installation are available.
Please read the Important Warnings below in this announcement for more
details.

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.

***Important Warnings about the Test Release***

Problems with mkinitrd
========
This test release has an rpm ordering issue that seems to affect some people 
with regard to mkinitrd being installed correctly.  If your install seems to 
stall at installing the kernel and never continues, please try the updates 
image http://people.redhat.com/~katzj/updates-f7t2.img. Refer to 
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Anaconda/Updates for more information on using 
updates images.

Upgrading with PATA Hard Disks
========
If you are using PATA (parallel or "original" style ATA) hard disks and you 
attempt to do a manual yum upgrade to this release, you may be unable to boot 
your system when finished. To avoid this problem, use the installer program 
(Anaconda) to upgrade your system instead of using yum.



New in Fedora 7 Test 2
========
This test release includes significant new versions of many key components and 
technologies. The following sections provide a brief overview of major 
changes from the last release of Fedora.

Merger of Core and Extras
========
    * The Fedora Core and Extras software repositories are being merged, 
resulting in a shared infrastructure and a single repository of packages to 
which everyone is invited to contribute.

    * Fedora 7 Test 2 is packaged initially as a Desktop/Development 
Workstation/Server implementation, called "Prime".  This spin is delivered in 
DVD iso format only as a trial, see 
https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-devel-list/2007-February/msg00993.html 
for the discussion on this.

    * Many more packages are available in the development repositories.

    * Three targetted spins are now under discussion: Fedora Prime, Fedora 
KDE, and Fedora Everything. See 
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/FeatureFedoraTargettedSpins for more 
details. 

Live CD
========
    * This test release includes an i386 ISO for a Desktop Live CD. This Live 
CD features the ability to install to a hard disk using the same graphical 
Anaconda installer as the non-live CD variant. 

Desktop
========
    * This test release features GNOME 2.17.91.

    * A brand new Echo icon theme is included as the default in this release. 
This icon theme is incomplete, but with appropriate feedback and progress, 
may become the default in the general release.

    * 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. 

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. 

System Administration
========
    * System administration tools may be modified under the testing process. 

System Level Changes
========
    * Fedora 7 Test 2 features a 2.6.21rc1 based kernel. Current release 
information is being tracked on the kernel release notes source page. 
(http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Docs/Beats/Kernel)

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.

Road Map And Release Schedule
========
    * http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/7/ 

Intended Audience for Test Releases
========
Test 1 is targeted for developers, who use it "at their own risk", and 
contains many bleeding edge packages.

Test 2 is for early adopters. Most things should work and we need to your help 
to find what is broken.

Test 3 is for early adopters. Most things should work and we need to your help 
to find what is broken.

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.

Quality Assurance for Test Releases
========
The Fedora Project has a process in place for ensuring the highest possible 
quality even in our test releases. Many bugs are identified, prioritized and 
fixed during the testing process. We also have a list of known bugs in this 
release. Refer to http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/QA/7/Test2TreeTesting for 
more details.

Translations of Release Notes
========
Due to the rapidly changing nature of test releases, translations of release 
notes for test releases are not practical. The initial goal is to have a 
translation of the release notes included in the test4 release and to allow 
community review and correction before the general release. As always, the 
general release is translated following the established practices for 
localization (l10n) and internationalization (i18n) 
(http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/L10N), which result in comprehensive, 
high-quality release notes in a variety of languages.

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)

-- 
Jesse Keating
Release Engineer: Fedora

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