Fedora 14 Has Gone Gold
Fedora 14 has gone gold. According to Adam Williamson, Red Hat Senior Quality Assurance Engineer, the Fedora 14 Final Release Go/No-Go Meeting resulted in the unanimous decision that RC1 should be declared Gold. Attendees were pleased that the quality tests had gone so smoothly and this is the first time a first release candidate would ship as final. An email with the good news will go out to mailing lists on Thursday.
Fedora 14 has seen quite a few new technologies integrated this cycle, which makes this achievement even more amazing. Simple Protocol for Independent Computing Environments (or SPICE) is a framework for creating and interacting with virtual machines. It features encryption, accelerated 2D graphics, video and audio format detection and playback, and dynamic adaption to graphic and communication changes.
Intelligent Platform Management Interface, or IPMI, will allow system administrators to easily perform remote management duties. For example, with the IPMI utilities sensor thresholds can be written and monitored, system logs and hardware functionality data can be gathered and compiled for easier monitoring. Soft reboots can be performed easily instead of hard reboots, which will lower the stress level of any remote system administrator.
Security Content Automation Protocol, or the open source openSCAP, provides a standard for maintaining the security of systems. openSCAP provides the means for automatically identifying the presence of patches, checking system security configuration settings, and examining systems for vulnerabilities and signs of compromise.
Developers might enjoy some of the updates and additions of the various programming languages, such as the D programming language support and Rakudo Star, an early implementation of the Perl 6 specification based on the Parrot virtual machine. On the desktop, users can choose from GNOME 2.32, KDE 4.5, Xfce 4.6.2 as well as alternative environments like Sugar 0.90 and MeeGo 1.0 for mobile devices and netbooks. With the replacement of libjpeg with libjpeg-turbo users should notice quite an increase in performance when viewing JPEG photos and images.
Despite all these enterprise and server goodies, Fedora remains a favorite system with regular desktop users. It usually sits at the number two spot in Distrowatch.com page hit ranking. Codename suggestions for Fedora 15 were collected between October 13 through October 18 and with the list narrowed to five, a community vote is underway to pick the final name. Choices are Asturias, Blarney, Lovelock, Pushcart, and Sturgis. The final name will be announced November 2, the same day Fedora 14 is scheduled for wide release.