Announcing Fedora 7 Test 2 (6.91)
jkeating at redhat.com
Thu Mar 1 16:12:11 UTC 2007
Welcome to Fedora 7 Test 2
I am please to announce the second test release for Fedora 7.
DVD 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.
***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
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
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
* 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.
* 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
* System performance is generally slower in the test releases as compared
to the general release since we enable several options that help with
* 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.
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
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
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
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.
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
* 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
Release Engineer: Fedora
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