Fedora 7 Test 3 (6.92)
Posted on: 03/30/2007 09:22 AM

Fedora 7 Test 3 has been released:

I am please to announce the third of four test releases for Fedora 7.

Downloads
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DVD and network installation are available.

http://torrent.fedoraproject.org/
The recommended method of download is via BitTorrent from this site.

http://fedora.redhat.com/Download/mirrors.html
HTTP, FTP, and RSYNC downloads are available from Fedora Project mirrors listed above. Note that not all mirrors may be synced at this time.

New in Fedora 7 Test 3
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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
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* 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 3 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 https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-devel-list/2007-February/msg00993.html for the discussion on this.

* Many more packages are available in the development repositories.

Live CD
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* 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 also includes an x86_64 ISO for a Desktop Live image. Due to size, this will require a DVD. As with the i386 Live image, the ability to install to a hard disk is available.

* This test release features a new i386 ISO for a KDE Live CD. Note that as of this writing, this ISO is only available via bittorrent. It should be available via the mirrors in the near future.

Desktop
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* This test release features GNOME 2.18

* 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.

* Fast User Switching is now available via the fast-user-switch-applet. See http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/FeatureFastUserSwitching for more details.

Performance
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* System performance is generally slower in the test releases as compared to the general release since we enable several options that help with debugging.

System Administration
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* System administration tools may be modified under the testing process.

System Level Changes
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* Fedora 7 Test 3 features a 2.6.21rc5 based kernel. Current release information is being tracked on the kernel release notes source page. (http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Docs/Beats/Kernel)

Amanda

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
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* http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/7/

Intended Audience for Test Releases
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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 functionality suffers.

Quality Assurance for Test Releases
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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/Test3TreeTesting for more details.

Translations of Release Notes
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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.

About Fedora
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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 pages:

* 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
(http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/HelpWanted)



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