The Fedora 14 Beta, with a slightly shorter new features list, has been released. All work will focus on bug fixing and stability issues before the official release in November.
The beta release of Fedora 14 is available for download, Red Hat Release Engineer
said in an e-mail to the Fedora developer mailing list on Sept. 28.
"Mark your calendars, and get ready to break out and have some fun:
Fedora 14 will launch in early November," Gilmore wrote. The beta is the
distribution's last development build before its official release
The Fedora 14 "Laughlin" release features the SPICE
for Independent Computing Environments) framework, a tool for creating virtual
desktops. SPICE offers encryption, accelerates two-dimensional graphics,
supports audio playback and recording, and detects video with MJPEG streaming
within a virtual environment. The framework also comes with a library of X Windows,
Windows XP, Windows Live and Windows 7 drivers.
Fedora 14 is based on the Linux Kernel 2.6.35, which provides direct I/O
support for btrfs (b-tree file system) graphic stacks improvements and the
ability to spread incoming network loads across CPUs. Ubuntu's current beta,
Maverick Maven, is also on the same kernel.
The distribution has updates for several programming languages, including support
for D, Python 2.7 and Perl 5.12. Rakudo Star,
early implementation of the Perl 6 specification, is also included.
System admins can look forward to extended utilities for remote or
powered-off management of servers using the IPMI (Intelligent Platform
Management Interface) protocol.
Engineering Steering Committee
met on Sept. 14 and decided to remove the
next-generation systemd session management as default from Fedora 14 "to
give more time to fix small issues and docs and general polish." Instead,
Fedora 14 will return to the Upstart and SystemV init defaults.
Testing will continue with systemd, which offers faster startup and
on-demand loading and unloading of services, to be included in Fedora 15,
expected in April or May 2011. The beta includes a tech preview of systemd for
administrators interested in checking out the tool.
Laughlin includes KDE's Plasma Desktop
4.5 and GNOME Desktop 2.32, and offers alternative environments such as Sugar
a visually rich netbook user
interface from a project jointly sponsored by Intel and Nokia.
Developers can expect enhanced and improved graphics handling, such as JPEG
compression and decompression for faster loading and saving of images. During a
Fedora Graphics Test Week, testers and beta users are encouraged to focus on
video driver support. Sept. 28 testing will focus on the open-source Nouveau
driver for Nvidia chips, Sept. 29 testing on Radeon hardware and Sept. 30
testing on Intel GPUs.
There are 20 new features in Laughlin, which is about half the number of new
features that were in Fedora 12 ("Constantine") and 13 ("Goddard").
Removing systemd contributed to the much smaller list of new features.
The beta's features are mostly complete and only critical bug fixes will be
pushed as updates before the general release.
Fedora 14 is named after Nobel Laureate and physicist Robert Laughlin,
professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Stanford
University. The members of The
Fedora Project, a worldwide community of more than 20,000 collaborators,
selected the code name by popular vote.