Fedora 14 Alpha Released – Includes ROOT

After the one week delay, the first alpha of Fedora 14 codenamed “Laughlin” has been released today.

Not much has changed in Fedora 14 Alpha in terms of the looks since Fedora 13. However there are a lot of changes under the hood. Some important changes includes the inclusion systemd and ROOT.

Here is a brief description of some of the new features:


One of the biggest changes in Fedora 14 is the inclusion of systemd. systemd is a system and session manager for Linux. In the previous release Fedora used the Canonical developed upstart. However with Fedora 14, they are replacing upstart with systemd because they believe that it is faster and offers more features. If you are interested, you can read more about systemd  here.

Introduction of ROOT

This is another very big new feature in Fedora 14. Fedora 14 Alpha supports ROOT, an obejct-oriented, open-source platform for data acquisition, simulation and data analysis developed by CERN.

Introduction of D

Fedora 14 now ships with D, an object-oriented system programming language. Currently most of the D compilers directly generates machine codes for efficient execution.

Other programing languages like Perl, Python etc. have also been updated.

New JPEG library

The old JPEG library libjpeg has been replaced by libjpeg-turbo. This will greatly increase the performance of any application handling JPEG images.

Desktop Environment

Fedora 14 Alpha includes the pre-release version of GNOME 2.32. It also includes KDE Software Compilation 4.5 and Sugar 0.90.


Fedora 14 Alpha has support for SCAP. SCAP (Security Content Automation Protocol) allows users to scan their system to check whether it complies with a defined security configuration.


Fedora 14 Alpha includes SPICE. SPICE (Simple Protocol for Independent Computing Environment) is an open source solution for interacting with virtual desktops.

You can read more about the new features in Fedora 14 Alpha here.

If you want to test it, the download link is given below.

Download Fedora 14 Alpha

Fedora Lives Upto Its Tradition – Fedora 14 Delayed

Well, delayed release has become a tradition of sort with Fedora. The last five releases of Fedora were all delayed and, unsurprisingly, the next version, that is Fedora 14 codenamed Laughlin, is also delayed.

Fedora 14 was actually scheduled to be released on 26th October, but now it has been pushed back by a week. If things go well from now onwards, Fedora 14 will now be released on 2nd November.

Apart from all the bleeding edge features that a new Fedora release always brings, one of the main aims on Fedora 14 was to actually ship it on time. But this time too things did not go their way. The Fedora Release Engineering and Quality Assurance Team feel that they need some extra time to eliminate chances of blocker bugs.

This is what Fedora Project Leader, Jared Smith, wrote in the Fedora mailing list announcing the delay:

During composition of any further release candidates, the Fedora Release Engineering and Quality Assurance teams plan to be quite conservative in the updates they pull into the release candidates, so that we don’t inadvertently create more blocker bugs. I’d also like to thank those who have really pushed hard to try to get the Alpha into shape. In particular, the Release Engineering team put in a lot of extra hours to compose our release candidates, and the QA team did a fantastic job of testing the release candidates and knocking out as many blocker bugs as possible.

While I regret the fact that the schedule has slipped, I’m confident it was the right decision to ensure that Fedora 14 is a rock-solid  release.

Let us hope that it does not get any more delays.

You can see the Fedora 14 release schedule here.

[via Phoronix]

Wine 1.2 Release Candidate 6 Released

The sixth release candidate of Wine 1.2 has been released. This release bring about a number bug fixes and some translation updates.

Wine is an application which allows Microsoft Windows programs to run in Unix-like operating systems (Linux, BSD, Solaris etc.).

Wine 1.2 was originally scheduled for release last month but it ran into a number of troubles in the way. Since the fifth release candidate, Wine 1.2 RC6, includes 42 new bug fixes. However there are still 48 other known bugs still left. Unless all these remaining bugs are fixed, the final release is unlikely. You can see the list of remaining bugs here.

You follow the instructions given here to install Wine 1.2 RC6 in Ubuntu 10.04.

If you are using Fedora, install instructions can be found here.

Get The Fedora 13 Reference Cheat Sheet

A few days back Fedora 13 Goddard was released with a lot of new features.

Now there is a Reference Cheat Sheet for Fedora 13 Goddard to help newbies (or maybe a few experienced users as well? ) at Digitizor. The cheat sheet list the commonly used commands for Fedora so that you can get up and running in no time.

The Cheat Sheet lists the commands that you will need related to privileges, system services, firewall, network, display, package management etc.

Here is a picture of the the cheat sheet and you can download it in PDF format from here.

Fedora 13 Goddard Released

Regardless of the few hiccups along the way, Fedora 13, codenamed Goddard, is finally released. This is a significant release both for Fedora and Linux users as a whole as this is probably the first (correct me if I am wrong) mainstream Linux distro to come with Btrfs support.

So whats new in Fedora 13? Here is a brief overview:

  • Simpler installation and device access – Anaconda, the Fedora installer, has a new user interface make handling storage devices and partitioning a lot easier. Once installed, Fedora automatically offers driver installation.
  • Accelerated 3D graphics using free drivers – A variety of Nvidia graphics cards can now be 3D enabled to support free software games and an enhanced desktop experience. Of course, the ATI and Intel video cards are still supported.
  • Virtualization enhancements – Fedora 13 adds support for stable PCI addresses, enabling virtual guests to retain PCI addresses’ space on a host machine and expanding opportunities for large-scale automation of virtualization.
  • Enhanced software development and debugging – Fedora 13 includes new support that allows developers working with mixed libraries (Python and C/C++) in Fedora to get more complete information when debugging with gdb.
  • Expanded Btrfs features – Btrfs has been added as an optional filesystem (not default) with filesystem snapshots capability.

You can view the full release note here.

All in all, this is a very interesting release both for Linux users everywhere as Fedora continues to bring bleeding-edge technology to average users.

You can download Fedora 13 here.

Fedora 13 Beta Released

500px-RH-Fedora_logo-nonfreeFedora 13 Beta was just released a few hours ago. Named Goddard, the final version of Fedora 13 will sport many new features such as KDE 4.4, latest builds of the XFCE environment and Sugar Learning Environment apart from the usual bug fixes and functionality additions.

If you are looking for the bigger catch, wait up for the final release in the middle of May this year. For those restless, download the beta iso from here. And of course, if you don’t know your way around bugs and geeky mosquitoes, don’t download this. The Beta is presumably the last crucial milestone of Fedora 13, and as such, only critical bugs will be fixed now for the coming final release.

The Beta has a number of new features, such as automatic print driver installation with the help of PackageKit; new software such as ShotWell photo manager, Pino microblogging client; NetworkManager improvements over bluetooth and mobile broadband connectivity; support for the latest iPods and iPhones and 3D graphics support backed solely by open source drivers.

That’s not all. There’s also better color management: so your documents bear the same color on screen and on paper. Also, the user management portal has been completely redesigned for easier access and use.

The above is the feature-list that may interest the end user, Fedora 13 has got several goodies for both developers and administrators as well. Developers get easier Python debugging when using gdb and support for NetBeans Java EE 6 among other features. For sys admins, there’s quite a few improvements with BFO (allows users to download a single, tiny image and install current and future versions of Fedora without having to download additional images), SSSD (provides expanded features for logging into managed domains), IPv6 support, support for Zarafa Groupware (Microsoft Exchange alternative) among others. Check out a detailed feature list here.

What Is The best Linux For Beginners? KGB Says It Is Ubuntu or Fedora

Before you assume that we are talking about KGB, the Russian Security Agency, the KGB we are talking about is a service which provides answers to your queries for $0.99.

Ken Hess form DaniWeb, asked KGB the question, “Which Linux distribution is the best for new users?”

The answer KGB gave is very interesting. This is the exact reply he got:

“The best one is the one that works best for you. Try something easy like Ubuntu or Fedora. Try different Distros. After all, Linux is free.”

Of course, the first, third and fourth sentences are nothing interesting and are what you would expect from just about anyone. What is interesting is the second sentence – “Try something easy like Ubuntu or Fedora”.

Ubuntu and Fedora are like completely opposite to each other. While Ubuntu focuses on stability, Fedora tries to stay at the bleeding edge of technology and implements countless many new technologies. This often results in various problem in Fedora. Of course Ubuntu is not without problems too. Because of its focus on stability, new technologies generally takes longer to come to Ubuntu. This might be frustating for power users but for newbies, in my opinion, Fedora is not a very good option.

What do you think is the best Linux for beginners? Let us know through the comments.

Ubuntu Claims 12 Million Users Even Before Lucid Lynx, But on What Basis?

Canonical is gearing up for the release of its latest OS, the Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx. This release of Ubuntu will mark a major overhaul in design, features and boot time.

At a strategic time just before the release of its Lucid Lynx, Canonical has released data relating to the number of Ubuntu users worldwide. This report estimates Ubuntu users at 12 million. That is a major 50% increase over the last 18 months.

Chris Kenyon, vice president for OEM at Canonical said,

We have no phone home or registration process, so it’s always a guesstimate. But based on the same methodology that we came up with for the 2008 number, our present belief is that it’s somewhere north of 12 million users at the moment.

This is not even close to Fedora’s claims of its desktop installation user base of 24 million. The new Ubuntu marks a milestone with its LTS release. This release will be supported for the next three years.

Though, there are two worries here.

Firstly, how exactly are those estimates made? How does Canonical calculate its Ubuntu user? Which specific service in Ubuntu is used to do this? This will help us estimate the error margin in the calculation.

Secondly,  isn’t Ubuntu the most popular Linux distro? How comes Fedora has not even a close number, but exactly double of Ubuntu Linux users?

You must see an interesting discussion topic at Slashdot and a post at Linuxplanet giving more info on this.

Installing KDE 4.4 in Ubuntu, openSUSE, Fedora And ArchLinux

Few days ago, the KDE team had announced the release of KDE 4.4. We, at Techie-Buzz had taken you on a screenshot tour of KDE 4.4. Now, if that has piqued your interest to explore KDE 4.4, let’s have a look on how you can install KDE 4.4 on some popular Linux distributions.

KDE 4.4

Installing KDE 4.4 in openSUSE

openSUSE’s 1-click install and openSUSE build system makes it one of the easiest methods of installing KDE 4.4 ( or for that matter, any software). Head over to KDE 4 page of openSUSE wiki, and select the 1-click install link on the version of openSUSE that you have. For those extra lazy ones out there ( I’m one of those ;) ) here are the links:

Installing KDE 4.4 in Ubuntu/Kubuntu

To install KDE 4.4 in Kubuntu, first add the PPA by opening the Terminal and typing

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa

If you’re using Ubuntu, add the backports PPA

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports

Next, update the repositories to reflect the newly added PPA by typing

sudo apt-get update

Finally, if you’re using Kubuntu, perform the update to KDE 4.4 by typing

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

If you’re using Ubuntu, then install the kubuntu-desktop package to install KDE 4.4

sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop

Installing KDE 4.4 in ArchLinux

ArchLinux users can install/update to KDE 4.4 using pacman – the awesome package manager.

Installing KDE:

pacman -Sy kde

Upgrading to KDE 4.4:

pacman -Syu

Installing KDE 4.4 in Fedora 12

Fedora users will have to add repo file provided by KDE Packaging project to proceed with the installation. Download the repo file, save it in /etc/yum.repos.d directory.

Next, launch KPackageKit, head over to settings and enable kde and kde-testing repository. Once this is done, launch the terminal, switch over to root by typing

su root

Then, proceed with update by typing

yum groupupdate kde-desktop

Enjoy your KDE 4.4 install!

New Features added to Fedora 13

The complete list of Fedora 13 features are less than a month away from being finalized. This next release of Fedora, has been under development from even before the release of Fedora 12. One primary addition to the feature list is seen as the Btrfs file system. Even as the release is a few days away, features are continuously being added to the next release.

A recent meeting of FESCo (Fedora Engineering Steering Committee) has added a few more awesome features to Fedora 13.

KDE version 4.4 will be officially available in  Fedora 13. The next release will also include the latest version of the Sugar Learning Environment and Xfce desktop environment. As evident, these features have been added and need to be worked upon immediately. The recent changes being carried out are in the features of Gnome Color Manager, on demand printer driver installation and may others. Surprisingly, even when all these developments are being made, Btrfs which has been decided on ages ago has seen no development at all and no work has been started on the project yet. The feature will most likely be pushed to Fedora 14 release.

The first Alpha release of Fedora 13 is expected in early March following the final release sometime in May.