Fedora Core 6, also called Zod, is out
ready to take over the world. Of course General Zod tried to take over the
world in the movie Superman II, and more recently made another bid for
world domination in the TV series Smallville, but in both appearances he
was defeated by Superman (or young Clark Kent). If Zod is out can Superman
be far behind? Where do they come up with these names? Jesse Keating talks
about Fedora naming
in this Red Hat Magazine article. For those put
off by the Fedora announcement, the Red Hat
is less fun and contains more market-speak.
Fedora Core 6 is available for x86, x86_64 and PPC and it has a new theme
from the Fedora Artwork
Project. The DejaVu font is now the default font and Compiz is managing
the windows, for the best effects using the AIGLX framework. The
system-config-printer tool has been rewritten with several new features.
For the desktop, both GNOME 2.16 and KDE 3.5.4 are provided. Dogtail, a GUI test
tool and automation framework written in Python, is included with features
that aid in the automation and testing of desktop applications. Totem has replaced Helix
Player as the default media player. All applications have been rebuilt
for improved performance. For more performance enhancements see this page,
which also lists those packages which were dropped due to license issues.
Anaconda, the Fedora installer, now allows the user to specify third-party
repositories, and if the install is network-aware, Fedora can reach out to
those repositories and pull in additional packages. There's a new graphical
Virtual Machine Manager
for managing virtual machines and a graphical SELinux Trouble
Shooting Tool. For more information, tours, screenshots and other
useful links see Fedora
Core 6 Release Summary.
Some of the main Fedora sites seem to be a bit busy right now, but there
are other torrent sites and
Also the rpm.livna.org team has announced
the rpm.livna.org repository with complete support for the 6th release of
Fedora Core and Fedora Extras. The Fedora Unity Project has announced the initial release of several
Fedora Core 6 Live-Spin CD and DVD ISO images. These Live-Spins are based
on the October 24 release of Fedora Core 6. They are available for the i386
and x86_64 architectures via BitTorrent immediately. ATrpms has also officially launched Fedora Core 6 support for
i386, x86_64 and PPC. If that's not enough, freshrpms.net is ready to go with support for Fedora Core
and Fedora Extras on all architectures.
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