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Announcing the release of Fedora 18 Alpha

Announcing the release of Fedora 18 Alpha

Posted Sep 19, 2012 1:30 UTC (Wed) by Ed_L. (guest, #24287)
In reply to: Announcing the release of Fedora 18 Alpha by thebluesgnr
Parent article: Announcing the release of Fedora 18 Alpha

* Utilizing automatic partitioning during installation will reformat all selected disks on which to install without any further warning; ALL EXISTING DATA ON THE DISKS WILL BE LOST. At this time, there is no option presented to use free space on the disks, or to resize existing partitions. A workaround solution exists.

* This release features a new user interface for the anaconda installer, which will significantly enhance the end-user installation experience. Known issues relating to the new installer user interface include:

Yet Another (allegedly) New! Improved! Anaconda Interface, This time to one that can blow away your data without the usual and complacently anticipated warning. Glad they suggest reading the entire release announcement before installing.

Fortunately, anymore there's little reason to install an alpha release on aught but a VM. Otherwise, I used to assign an alpha its own boot and root partitions, then make certain those were the *only* two partitions selected to the installer. I'd add my *real* /home to /etc/fstab only after successful install and update. Again fortunately, I rarely have need to install an alpha release -- or beta unless there's a new gotta-have version of gcc that for some reason I don't want to download and install separately.

However, I do usually download a LiveCD image and test basic graphics and network functionality from that. Unreported alpha bugs are rarely fixed for GA...

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Announcing the release of Fedora 18 Alpha

Posted Sep 19, 2012 14:21 UTC (Wed) by clumens (subscriber, #28542) [Link]

There's not been a real anaconda UI update in years and years, so I really don't know what you're going on about with the "Yet Another (allegedly)" business.

Anyway this is an alpha, so yeah it's expected there will be situations where data loss can occur. That's why we suggest you read the announcements and test on machines (or VMs) which are throw away.

Announcing the release of Fedora 18 Alpha

Posted Sep 20, 2012 2:28 UTC (Thu) by smoogen (subscriber, #97) [Link]

A natural fact about humans is that they have long memories but not a good way to tell how long ago events happen if they do not deal with them all the time. So when talking about this release with various old-time users.. the response is always "AGAIN?" even if it was 4+ years since the last change. The memories that immediately came up were ones of all the previous changes and the brain processes it as something that just happened.

In other words, get used to the fact that every time you change something you will get this response.. in fact it will more likely be more vitriolic the longer the time since the last change and how critical it is to some once in a while task.

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