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Fedora 12 Alpha Announcement

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Fedora 12 "Constantine" Alpha release is available! What's next for the free operating system that shows off the best new technology of tomorrow? You can see the future now at:

What's an Alpha release? The Alpha release contains all the features of Fedora 12 in a form that anyone can help test. This testing, guided by the Fedora QA team, helps us target and identify bugs. When these bugs are fixed, we make a Beta release available. A Beta release is code-complete, and bears a very strong resemblance to the third and final release. The final release of Fedora 12 is due in November.

We need your help to make Fedora 12 the best release yet, so please take a moment of your time to download and try out the Alpha and make sure the things that are important to you are working. If you find a bug, please report it - every bug you uncover is a chance to improve the experience for millions of Fedora users worldwide. Together, we can make Fedora a rock-solid distribution.

Among the top features for end users, we have:

* Better webcam support - Out of the box support for a lot of new webcams has been extended further than ever.
* Empathy as default IM client - Empathy is an instant messenger client replacing Pidgin, featuring better integration with the GNOME Desktop.
* GNOME 2.27.90 beta and KDE 4.3 - The latest code from the two main desktop environments and their many bundled supporting applications are part of this release. GNOME 2.27.90 is the latest GNOME version as of the Alpha release; GNOME 2.28 is planned for the final release.
* Network Manager Mobile Broadband - By providing a database of preconfigured mobile broadband providers, supporting more hardware and permit to scan GSM networks, NetworkManager makes the use of mobile broadband much easier.
* Better Free Video Codec - The latest technology is found in the improved, free Ogg Theora video encoder, codenamed "Thusnelda." Encoded video at very high definition now can meet or exceed the expectations of the most demanding viewer and material.
* PackageKit improvements - PackageKit now has plugins to install applications from a web browser, and from the command line if a user tries a command from a package not yet installed.
* PulseAudio improvements - The PulseAudio volume control applet has been extended to support profiles, input switching and easy speaker setup.
* Better power management - This release offers better power management features regarding CPU, disk and network I/O.

Dang! It doesn't want to run

Dang! It doesn't want to run in Virtualbox properly. Mandriva RC1 works fine in Virtualbox.


Um - why post this now? We released the Alpha back in August, it's been old news since then. We're coming up on the _beta_ release soon.

Adam Williamson


Because I am tired of seeing Ubuntu everywhere. lol Oh yeh is it true you prefer boys instead of girls?


You're a complete moron (and probably not housebroken either).


When did you guys become lovers?

Did you know ...

Did you know, the Vampire bat pees on its victim while it sucks the victim's blood? Reminds me of you, poodles.

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