Fedora Core 6 Test 2 is out (it’s on the mirrors as test/5.91, even if not yet officially announced), revealing the feature set that is expected in the final Fedora Core 6 release in about two months’ time.
I’ve been running Rawhide (the development version of Fedora Core), updating it daily and installing it periodically from a local network server, but the test releases provide a welcome opportunity to install from optical disc.
The step from FC5 to FC6 is smaller and more evolutionary than FC4 to FC5. Highlights:
- Improved installation and boot options: iSCSI, motherboard RAID, and external USB- and firewire-based disks can be used as installation targets, and additional software repositories can be added during the initial installation. Network installations over IPV6 are also supported.
- Better notebook support: hibernate and suspend work on a much larger range of machines, and the Network Manager is significantly improved (though not enabled by default).
- Significant improvements and version bumps in many, many individual packages (including SELinux, X, and Xen).
- On the chrome side, the new desktop background is fun, and the upcoming isometric icon set will lend a bit of polish.
Overall, FC6 looks and feels like a more solid, polished version of FC5 rather than a wholesale revamp. I look forward to the finished product this fall.