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What's New in Fedora Core 5 Test2 (LWN): Some comments


LWN has a look at Fedora Core Test 2 written by Ladislav Bodnar of distrowatch fame. It is a expanded view of distrowatch's weekly comments on Fedora Core Test 2.


A few comments for more information. The switch to a prolonged development cycle for Fedora Core 5 was specific to this release to accommodate major changes within the infrastructure such as the Anaconda changes. Anaconda, the defacto standard among Linux installers has gone into a major "interface surgery" in the words of Bodnar who has questioned the need for such a change. The need for such a change arises to accommodate many of the important new developments the project has brought forward. The switch to yum instead of up2date within Fedora, the formation of Fedora Extras as a complimentary default repository with over two thousand packages etc needed not just a interface change but a core Anaconda revamp in the form of a yum backend. Better consistency of distribution upgrades and planned ability of Anaconda to use Fedora Extras and possibly any custom repository during installation time is a fairly major advantage. The streamlining of the interface is complimentary to this in my opinion.

Now why is the new applications such as Beagle, F-spot and Tomboy mentioned in the release announcement but not Mono specifically?. I believe the applications and the functionality improvements they bring into the release is much more important the underlying language it is written under which is why the inclusion of Mono is mentioned in the release notes but not in the release announcement.

The review is generally positive in note of other changes such as as the new security improvements(fstack-porter) written by Red Hat developer which was originally part of Fedora Core 4 and backported into the Fedora GCC compiler and now made upstream on the GCC 4.1 as the system compiler for Fedora Core 5. The new look and feel, GNOME 2.14, Firefox 1.5, Openoffice.org 1.01 Pup, package updater are some of the core positive things noted in the review. A few known issues are also mentioned.

Kudos to everyone involved in this release.

Fedora Bug Triaging - http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/BugZappers

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