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March 08, 2012

Fedora 17 Alpha Features

The Fedora Project proudly announced the immediate availability for download and testing of the Alpha version of the upcoming Fedora 17 operating system, due for release in May 2012.

Dubbed Beefy Miracle and powered by Linux kernel 3.3, Fedora 17 Alpha brings lots of new features, improvements and bug fixes.

Fedora 17 Alpha is distributed as an installable DVD and Live CDs with the latest development version of the upcoming GNOME 3.4 desktop environment and KDE Software Compilation 4.8, for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures.

Some Features:
· Linux kernel 3.3.0 RC3;
· Move all to /usr;
· GNOME 3.4 Beta 1;
· KDE SC 4.8;
· Multitouch support;
· PackageKit integration;
· Automatic KDE Plasma dependency generation;
· SSSD AutoFS integration;
· SSSD-Sudo integration;
· The GIMP 2.8;
· Added Wallaby, a programmable semantic configuration service for Condor;
· Added "deny ptrace" for SELinux;
· systemd started services now run in private /tmp;
· Added Non-Uniform Memory Alignment Daemon (numad);
· OpenJDK is now the default Java Runtime Environment;
· Updated IPA to version 3, adding support for SELinux management, Active Directory domains, and SSH public keys management;
· Added new Font Configuration tool;
· ICC profile support for printing;
· Added English Typing Booster input method for iBus;
· Inscript 2 keymaps for Indic languages;
· Haskell Platform was updated to version 2011.4, with support for GHC 7.0.4;
· Boost was updated to version 1.48;
· DRI2 3D drivers only;
· Integration of libpinyin for better Chinese pinyin input;
· OpenStack now uses libguestfs and Qpid.

Fedora 17 Release Schedule:
February 28th, 2012 - Fedora 17 Alpha release
April 3rd, 2012 - Fedora 17 Beta release
May 8th, 2012 - Fedora 17 final release

Download Fedora 17 Alpha Installable DVD 
Download Fedora 17 Alpha GNOME Live CD
Download Fedora 17 Alpha KDE Live CD 
Download Fedora 17 Alpha Xfce Live CD
Download Fedora 17 Alpha LXDE Live CD

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