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Hands-on: new Fedora release goes up to 11 but doesn't rock

Jun 12, 2009, 13:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ryan Paul)
"The developers behind the popular Fedora Linux distribution announced this week the official release of version 11, codenamed Leonidas. This release introduces some significant new features but it also comes with some unfortunate bugs, particularly in the installer.

"Fedora tends to ride the cutting edge of desktop Linux technology and is often the first distribution to include new upstream features. This makes Fedora a compelling choice for developers and Linux enthusiasts who like to stay ahead of the curve. The downside of dogfooding the latest stuff is that users occasionally have to contend with a release that is slightly undercooked. Fedora 11 isn't raw but it falls short of well done.

"One of the major goals for this release was a rewrite of the storage and partitioning component of Anaconda, the Fedora 11 installer. The rewrite was intended to boost the extensibility of the storage subsystem and address some fundamental design limitations that have previously made it difficult to add support for new storage configurations. Although this improvement was greatly needed, it created some new problems and introduced instability in the installer. These problems were partly responsible for the delays that pushed the release date into June."

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