Announcing Fedora Core 6 Test 2 (5.91)

Jesse Keating jkeating at
Mon Aug 7 13:57:37 UTC 2006

In 1888, Theophilus Van Kannel patents his invention, the revolving door.  
This invention solves an engineering problem of air transfer by ensuring that 
there is no opening to the outside and the inside of a building at the same 
time, which could create massive drafts due to air temperature differences.  
This invention is still used today.

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nefarious purposes.  Software patents threaten the livelyhood of the 
independent software developer and the very nature of the opensource software 
movement.  You can help us prevent software patents (which are legal in the 
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Fedora Core 6 Test 2 (5.91) Now Available
The Fedora Project announces the second release of the Fedora Core 6
development cycle, available for the i386, x86_64, and ppc/ppc64
architectures, including Intel based Macintosh computers.  Beware that
Test releases are recommended only for Linux experts/enthusiasts or for
the technology evaluation, as many parts are likely to be broken and the
rate of change is rapid.
Test 3 is scheduled for release September 11, marking the continual
freeze point of the Fedora Core 6 release.  Only critical bugs fixed after 
this point.  It is important that we get your help in testing, reporting and
suggesting fixes for bugs, and directing the technological improvements
we attempt with this release of Fedora Core.  Please direct bugs to, product Fedora Core, Version fc6test2.  As
always, be sure that your bug is not already fixed by updates and search
for existing bugs before filing.

Thanks to all in the Fedora Project Community who have contributed to
this release.  Your continued efforts are what makes Fedora possible.

DVD, CD and network installation are available.
Please read the Important Warnings below in this announcement for more
The recommended method of download is via BitTorrent from this site.
HTTP, FTP, and RSYNC downloads are available from Fedora Project mirrors
listed above.  Note that not all mirrors may be synced at this time.

Notable Features of FC6 Test 2
* All packages recompiled (minus Thunderbird)
  - Introduction of DT_GU_HASH, a far more efficient symbol lookup table for 
dynamic linking.  Improves dynamic linking performance by up to 50%
  - Packages built with new build system based on Mock.
  - Packages now have proper BuildRequires
* Ability to install from additional yum repositories during anaconda 
installations and kickstarts.
* Functional Java applet plugin for Firefox due to gcjwebplugin
* A new default font, DejaVu, replaces Vera.
* Numerous package updates and upgrades
* 1600+ Extras packages conveniently available via yum

Have fun testing and help prevent software patents!

Jesse Keating
Release Engineer: Fedora
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