Fedora releases version 11 beta
A couple of hours ago the Fedora team rolled out Fedora 11 Beta, the first test release of its latest open source release. As well as a truck-load of desktop enhancements and the latest desktop environments, including Gnome 2.26, KDE 4.2.1 and Xfce 4.6.0, Fedora 11 Beta also includes the ext4 filesystem as the default as well a experimental Btrfs support.
Many of the desktop changes come courtesy of the newly-released Gnome 2.26, KDE 4.2.1 and Xfce 4.6 desktop environments including an extended PackageKit which can handle firmware installations on the fly.
Fedora 11 Beta also provides a preview of MinGW, a development development environment for Fedora users who want to cross-compile their programs to run on Windows without using Windows during development.
Other new features include the automatic fonts and mime installer which allows programs on the desktop to automatically install applications, fonts, multimedia capabilities, and clipart, improved fingerprint reading capabilities, and an improved use of kernel modesetting (KMS) to speed up graphical booting of a Fedora system. Fedora 10 began the process of KMS support and Fedora 11 extends the video card support.
Under the skin, Fedora 11 Beta includes Python 2.6 0, a precursor to Python 3.0, NetBeans 6.5, gcc 4.4 and the Eclipse profiling tools.
Fedora 11 is also one of the first Linux distributions to ship ext4 as the default filesystem. Fedora 11 not only ships ext4 but also includes experimental Btrfs filesystem support, which is widely considered to be the future filesystem for Linux.
Besides the Gnome, KDE and Xfce desktops Fedora 11 Beta, includes a Sugar update from the team developing the Sugar interface for the One Laptop Per Child PC.
Fedora 11 Beta is available from multiple sources for 32-bit and 64-bit machines as well as PPC architectures.
The final release of Fedora 11 is scheduled for May 26.