Fedora 9 Release!

    The release of a new version of the Fedora Linux 9 operating system has been announced. I have been waiting for this event for a month. Now I’ll check on the Fedora community tracker for a new version, and start downloading!

    The most important changes:


    * GNOME 2.22 with Cheese video capture and editing utility, improved support for network file systems, support for Google online calendar;

    * KDE 4.0.3, Xfce 4.4.2, Openoffice.org 2.4;

    * LiveUSB release for downloading from Flash media. A utility for quickly converting a LiveCD image to a LiveUSB suitable for working with USB Flash: "./livecd-iso-to-disk --overlay-size-mb 1200 / path / to / iso / path / to / stick";

    * Improved package management tool PackageKit, which replaced Pirut. The main goal of the PackageKit project is to create a single, unified shell for installing and updating packages for all Linux distributions. PackageKit uses standard tools to manage packages - yum, apt, conary, box, alpm, smart, pisi, zypp, etc. Formally, PackageKit is an abstract layer for D-Bus, which allows the user to manage packages through an API that is independent of the distribution and system architecture;

    * Network Manager NetworkManager now knows how to configure connections to CDMA and GSM networks, can create ad-hoc Wi-Fi access points;

    * A single spell check dictionary;

    * Removed links to paid Windows Media, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 codecs developed by Fluendo from the Codeina multimedia codec installation interface (CodecBuddy). Only a free MP3 codec is left on the list;

    * Firefox 3 beta 5 with support for the native design of GTK;

    * The teTeX package has been replaced by TeXLive.


    * File system ext4 (experimental support);

    * Open Source implementation of Java OpenJDK 6, IcedTea is no longer supplied;

    * Improvements in the Anaconda installer:
    Ability to resize ext2, ext3 and NTFS partitions;

    Creation and use of encrypted partitions during the installation phase;

    Improving the mechanisms for working with the yum repository at the installation stage;

    Changing the order of operations, partitioning is now done before selecting packages;

    A certain amount of code has been moved to the second stage of installation, which allows us to improve support for operations such as restoring a torn package download over the network, editing the list of repositories, using a proxy, and choosing a suitable mirror from the list. From the point of view of the user, porting the code to the second stage is mainly pleasant by increasing the flexibility of handling errors that no longer interrupt the installation (for example, when a damaged packet is received);

    The possibility of pre-upgrade (pre-upgrade), in which the download is only installed by the user packages that require updating, and not the entire distribution, as it was before;

    Instead of kudzu, hardware assessment by HAL and udev is used;

    * The structure includes FreeIPA, a package for creating a
    centralized system for identifying users, setting access policies and auditing;

    * Initialization system switched to using Upstart, instead of (SysV) init;

    * Kernel 2.6.25.x;

    * Kernel crash dumps can be automatically transferred to www.kerneloops.org to fix errors;

    * Reduced time to start and stop the X.org server;

    * Updated Perl to version 5.10, promises to accelerate its work;

    * The number of supplied LiveCDs (spins) has been expanded:
    Fedora Live - the main GNCD-based LiveCD;

    Fedora KDE Live - optional KDE-based LiveCD;

    Fedora XFCE Live - optional LiveCD based on XFCE 4.4.2;

    Fedora Games Live - LiveCD with a selection of gaming applications;

    Fedora Developer Live - LiveCD with a selection of programs for software developers;

    Fedora Electronic Lab (FEL) - LiveCD with a selection of programs for electronic engineers.

    Fedora Game Live - LiveCD with a selection of gaming programs.

    In addition, Fedora 9 announced the availability of the rpm.livna.org repository, which contains multimedia codecs and applications that are not in the standard package repositories. To connect the repository, you must run: “su -c 'rpm -ivh rpm.livna.org/livna-release-9.rpm '”.

    Attention. Anakonda has an error: when using the Russian-language interface in the installer, the installer crashes when trying to change the list of packages installed by default. In addition, there are problems with spell checking in some applications (Evolution).

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