Linked by Rahul on Tue 28th Apr 2009 14:49 UTC
Fedora Core Fedora 11 Preview Release has been announced with a large number of new features, even more so than previous general releases. This includes Presto (delta RPM updates reducing bandwidth usage over 80% typically), automatic font and mime installer via PackageKit, Nouveau as the default driver for Nvidia cards (3D support is not mature and disabled however), simplified Anaconda text mode installation and minimal installation support, automatic Bug Reporting tool, native access to Microsoft Exchange using OpenChange, Firefox 3.1 and ThunderBird 3.0, Windows Cross Compiler (MinGW and a comprehensive set of cross compiled libraries), Ext4 as the default filesystem, experimental support for the next generation Btrfs filesystem, improved I18N with the switch to IBus input system by default, much improved Kernel Mode Support, many virtualization and security improvements, RPM 4.7, GNOME 2.26, KDE 4.2, Xfce 4.6, Linux Kernel 2.6.29, Python 2.6. GCC 4.4 and several other changes.
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RE: upgrades
by gilboa on Thu 30th Apr 2009 14:59 UTC in reply to "upgrades"
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A. Fedora is release based. Actually, come to think about it, unless you're using Gentoo, everything is release based. (Debian Sid doesn't count).
B. Fedora anaconda installer could always be used to upgrade previous versions, you just need to start it somehow. (CD/DVD kit, Network boot, etc).
However, during the development phase of Fedora 10, a new tool was introduced - preupgrade, which automates the process of version upgrades. I've upgraded a large number of F8 and F9 installations to F10 and it more-or-less worked out of the box.
C. What's wrong with RPM? Granted, back in the RedHat 5-9 days, the lack of a network front-end (such as yum/apt/etc) made life pretty difficult. Never the less I fail to see how RPM is any worse than DEB. (Actually having created both RPM and DEB packages I must admit that I prefer RPM).

- Gilboa

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