Fedora 11 due for release next Tuesday

Fedora 11, the next version of the popular Linux distribution, is due to be released on Tuesday next week, according to the Fedora Project website. The new version features better performance, increased security, and several improvements. Some of the more interesting features and improvements include a quicker startup time (no more than 20 seconds from power up to login screen, at least when first installed), ext4 being used as the file-system by default (on Anaconda installs), as well as coming with the latest versions of GNOME or KDE.

The move to ext4 as the default file-system should mean users notice better performance overall, and the optimised startup should also result in better system performance.

A new feature will provide users with the option to perform an installation taking up less than 500MB of space (at mount point). Obviously this means that some of the extra features will be cut out, however it should also provide better security and performance, potentially appealing to those considering Fedora for use on a server, or those who want to run it on older hardware.

Several other features have also been improved, including volume control and power management. There are several administration tools that have been updates, as well as development tools, which can be found on the feature list, linked to below.

Security has been increased, with support for stronger hashes, such as SHA-2, which will enable operating systems built based on Fedora certifiable for government use. In addition, many security holes will be fixed with the newer versions of the software that come with Fedora 11. The new update will be available from 10:00am (Eastern US time) on 2 June.

Link: Fedora 11 Features

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More Linux news is good.

There are more Linux clients out there right now than Windows 7. By a longshot, according to hitslink.

Sure, after release, Windows 7 will come pre-installed on so many computers, that Linux will once again be left in the dust.

But if you compare the Windows 7 usage to Linux usage today, and compare the news posts... You will see a disparity that this article helps to reduce. (Y)

Although I use Xubuntu now, I still have a fondness for my Red Hat roots (and like how *buntu has adopted the Red Hat "service" command that I so missed when I first tried Ubuntu). Red Hat Fedora also does some things right, like including SELinux enabled by default. And some things wrong, like enabling sendmail by default.

I'm definitely interested in Linux news despite not using it myself!

But then again, I'm not the kind of guy that wants to shut my eyes from the IT industry at large just because of an OS I've chosen to use. :)

To elaborate, it's for example because news of new software on Linux may inspire me, or give me ideas, to look for something similar for OS X. Or just curiosity in general of course. Since Linux is so much about the open source movement, it's also a niche I wouldn't like Neowin to miss out too much on, as can easily be the case if focusing much on Windows. The OSS movement is so important these days, even if you don't use Linux yourself.

Considering I've been using Fedora as my primary operating system (on my laptop, which I use for work), I'll certainly be upgrading on Tuesday. One of the features that took my interest was the "Windows cross compiler", which allows users to "build and test full-featured Windows programs, from the comfort of the Fedora system, without needing to use Windows".

The only reason I have Windows XP still installed on this laptop is for Internet Explorer, which I need for web development.

That's quite interesting. I wonder how it relates to Mono. Although I think Mono is only for .Net. Anyways, congrats to them

Here's the description if you're interested:

The Fedora MinGW project's mission is to provide an excellent development environment for Fedora users who wish to cross-compile their programs to run on Windows, minimizing the need to use Windows at all. In the past developers have had to port and compile all of the libraries and tools they have needed, and this huge effort has happened independently many times over. We aim to eliminate duplication of work for application developers by providing a range of libraries and development tools which have already been ported to the cross-compiler environment. This means that developers will not need to recompile the application stack themselves, but can concentrate just on the changes needed to their own application.

Sazz181 said,
The only reason I have Windows XP still installed on this laptop is for Internet Explorer, which I need for web development.

Wouldn't be easier to use IEs4Linux?

Wouldn't be easier to use IEs4Linux?

Unfortunately, they are only just providing beta support for Internet Explorer 7, and I doubt they will support Internet Explorer 8 for some time. But I use Visual Studio occasionally too, and it's useful to have it as a backup in case I screw up my Fedora install because I'm so curious :P