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

Rahul Sundaram sundaram at fedoraproject.org
Sun Jan 29 23:53:31 UTC 2006


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.


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