The Fedora Project has updated the "beta" or testing
edition of version 10 of its Linux distribution over the weekend,
with a final release to the public scheduled for 25
Fedora release engineer Jesse Keating, who is employed by Red
Hat, wrote in an email to developers that the first testing
snapshot of Fedora 10 was available for download. The update
represents one of the weekly testing builds of Fedora 10 after the
beta version was offered up on 30 September.
The group has targeted wireless connection sharing; better
printing; simplification of virtualisation storage provision; better
support for audio, webcam, and infrared remote controls in version 10; as well as adding new tools
such as the SecTool security software and a major update to the RPM
software management package.
Like many other Linux suppliers, Fedora has flagged an urgent
issue to users during the testing process relating to an Intel
network card driver that could harm physical hardware. The
problematic driver is listed as disabled in the Fedora 10 beta for
the time being.
Fedora is also targeting a faster boot-up sequence, automatic
installation of multimedia codecs, and better support for high-definition televisions and Apple Macintosh EFI hardware in the
release, as well as a host of minor updates.
Fedora is the community-supported version of Red Hat's popular
Linux software, created in late 2003 to provide a non-profit
offering to the general public after the Linux vendor decided to
provide its Red Hat Enterprise Linux on a commercial basis.
Like other distributions such as Ubuntu, Fedora generally makes
both normal installation and live CD images (where users can boot
Linux from a CD without touching the hard disk) available. However,
Keating said "ongoing bugs" with Fedora's installation software
meant only live images were currently available.
Fedora usually makes its software available by direct download
from its site and mirrors, despite this Keating said the group was
taking a different approach this time.
"We are releasing these via BitTorrent only as it is a much
lighter-weight method to get the bits out the door than to go
through our mirroring system," he wrote. "If you cannot use
BitTorrent we apologise for the inconvenience."
The testing versions of Fedora 10 can be found at the group's