Skip to comments.Fedora 12 Beta Released
Posted on 10/21/2009 6:54:51 PM PDT by zeugma
"The Fedora project has announced the release of Fedora 12 Beta, which is available here. This will be the final pre-release before the final release in November. New features of Fedora 12 highlighted in the announcement include substantial improvements and fixes to the major graphics drivers, including experimental 3D acceleration support for AMD Radeon r600+-based adapters; improved mobile broadband support and new Bluetooth PAN tethering support in NetworkManager; improved performance in the 32-bit releases; significant fixes and improvements to audio support, including easy Bluetooth audio support; initial implementation of completely open source Broadcom wireless networking via the openfwwf project; significant improvements to the Fedora virtualization stack; and easy access to the Moblin desktop environment and a preview of the new GNOME Shell interface for GNOME. Further details on the major new features of Fedora 12 can be found in the release announcement and feature list. Known issues are documented in the common bugs page."
Serious question - I’ve only ever upgraded my fedora when forced to i.e. a HD crash. Right now I’m at FC 6 - before used FC 2. Sure I could make /home a separate partition and back all that up but all the tweaks I have to do to things under /etc to get things the way I want them not to mention downloading things like codecs and fonts and getting them all up to snuff?
How to you upgrade an OS so easily and painlessly? It’s always been a major undertaking for me.
I'd recommend a clean upgrade if making a jump that large because there are huge differences between the 2 versions of Fedora. Create a tar of your /etc directory and put it somewhere in /home before backing up. I'd also reccommend an inventory of what you have installed. (rpm -qil > ~/FC6_list.txt) so you can easily reference anything you're missing. Also, if you're upgrading from that far back, I'd have to ask if you have enough ram to successfully run FC12. I'd recommend at least a GB so you can avoid swapping.
Then again, if you're happy with FC6, and it does everything you want it to do, upgrading isn't mandatory, so you're free to stay with what works for you.
Thanks for the advice. I wasn’t really contemplating FC6->FC12 as in something I was going to do this weekend.
More just the idea of the best way to go about it in general.
I like the idea of tarring /etc and the rpm command you gave me (although sometimes I build from source and then make install - that wouldn’t help me there, would it?)
No. There is a program you might want to look at though, called "checkinstall". You do your make then checkinstall instead of make install, and it creates an RPM for you. I really liked it, but these days, just about everything I need is in the repos, and I don't really have to muck about with compiling programs anymore.
Gotcha - the other thing I always wonder about is Linux support for multimedia. Has that gotten any better?
I’ve had to kept mplayer sources, build that, (takes a long time) and then get various windoze codecs binaries that just work in the linux environment. All very labor intensive. I so far have yet to have a distro that just “did” multimedia right out of the box, due I’m sure, to licensing issues.
Do we ever get out of this box?
Fedora does have the non-free codecs available in the repos. Works quite well.
Ah I see. Thanks! Bookmarking.
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