Software Update: Fedora Core 5 Test 1

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Fedora Core is a Linux distribution resulting from a collaboration between Red Hat and Fedora, and is based on Red Hat technology. The first test version of Fedora Core 5 has recently been released and contains a large number of changes. For example, it uses Linux Kernel 2.6.15-rc1-git3, PUP instead of the Red Hat Network applet, 2.0, Gnome 2.12, and KDE 3.4. The announcement sent out to the wide world by Warren Togami is as follows:

For some, it will be a day of thanksgiving – a day to be grateful for the many blessings they have. For others, it will be a day of mourning. For Fedora Core fans, however, it will be a day of rejoicing and installing, for we are proud to announce:

Fedora Core 5 Test1 Now Available

The Fedora Project announces the first release of the Fedora Core 5 development cycle, available for the i386, x86_64, and PPC/PPC64 architectures. Beware that Test releases are recommended only for Linux experts/enthusiasts or for technology evaluation, as many parts are likely to be broken and the rate of change is rapid.

Test2 is scheduled for release before Christmas giving us less than a month of rapid development. This aggressive schedule makes vitally important your help in testing, reporting and suggesting fixes for bugs. Please direct bugs to, Product Fedora Core, Version fc5test1. 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 who have contributed to this release. Your continued efforts is what makes Fedora possible.

Notable Features of FC5 Test1

  • Modular
  • Vastly improved Asian language input support with SCIM
  • Kernel based on 2.6.15-rc1-git3
  • GCC 4.0.2
  • GNOME 2.12
  • KDE 3.4.92
  • Xen 3.0 snapshot for i386
  • Improved Open Source Java including gcj, classpath, tomcat, jonas, eclipse, and much more
  • 1600+ Extras packages conveniently available through yum
  • Major installer changes to use yum for package handling
  • puppy!

Important Warnings:

Please see this page for an updated list of important notes for FC5test1 in order to avoid common problems and troubleshoot problems that you may see.

  • Fresh Installs Only. Upgrades are not supported (or even implemented). If you want to test Upgrade capability, please wait until FC5test2.
  • NX (No Execute) capable processors (all AMD64 and 2nd and later steppings of EM64T) installing the i386 arch of FC5test1 may experience an inability to boot the SMP kernel after install. Please try the Uniprocessor kernel or kernel parameter “mem=nopentium” in order to boot for now.
  • No DVD is Available, CD or Network Install Only
  • Hard drive install is broken
  • Minimal install with everything deselected may crash.

Have fun testing this release, and please be safe.

Version number 5 testing 1
Operating systems Linux
Website RedHat
License type Prerequisites (GNU/BSD/etc.)
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