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Fedora 11 Alpha ships with Windows cross compiler, Gnome 2.26

By   |  February 5, 2009

The Fedora Project team today announced the release of Fedora 11 Alpha. The release includes a number of new features including the new Windows Cross Compiler and a development release of Gnome 2.26 as the default desktop. “The Alpha should boot on the majority of systems, and provides a look at what new features are to be included in the next release,” Fedora’s Jesse Keating said today in an emailed announcement.

Full release notes are available but highlights include the MinGW Windows cross compiler. MinGW is a development environment for Fedora users who want to cross-compile their programs to run on Windows without having to use Windows during development. In the past developers have had to port and compile all of the libraries and tools they have needed. “MinGW in Fedora eliminates duplication of work for application developers by providing a range of libraries and development tools already ported to the cross-compiler environment,” says Fedora.

Other highlights include the ext4 filesystem as the default system, the inclusion of the Btrfs filesystem, an experimental system included in Fedora for the first time, and a development version of the Gnome 2.26 desktop environment. Gnome 2.26 is the default desktop environment in Fedora 11 but KDE 4.2 RC2 and Xfce 4.6 beta are also included.


2 Responses to “Fedora 11 Alpha ships with Windows cross compiler, Gnome 2.26”

  1. Damjan
    February 6th, 2009 @ 4:30 pm

    Mingw has been available for a while, at least in other distributions, and it doesn’t cross-compile Linux applications on Linux for Windows, it just compiles Windows applications on Linux for Windows.

  2. Alastair Otter
    February 6th, 2009 @ 6:35 pm

    Fair enough. Maybe I didn’t explain it as well as I should have but we’re not in disagreement.

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