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Fedora 12: Crunch time

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It’s been a crazy week. We’re still pushing to make the Fedora 12 final release on time but without compromising on quality. It’s been a little hairy over the last two days but we’ve got what we think is a solid package set in at last, and a first release candidate build has been cut. We still need to do some heavy testing on it and make a final call on whether we’re going with the planned release schedule – that will happen on Monday – but at the moment I’m hopeful. We’ll make the right decision either way, if we ought to slip the release we will do, and Fedora 12 should be one of the highest quality Fedora releases for a while.

So, what can you do to help? Oh, so much! First, don’t let the magic words ‘release candidate’ mean too much: the RC compose per se really only exists to test the actual image compose process, and the DVD / multi-CD installation process. The bits it contains are just the same ones in the repositories. If you have an F12 installation already – say, from the Beta – and you update it daily, you’re getting the exact same bits. You can also get on the F12 train from the nightly builds, and testing that install path is just as valuable as testing the DVD or net install paths.

So whichever method you choose to get on the Fedora 12 train, we need you to test out the package set that will be hitting the repositories tomorrow.

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