The Fedora Project is pleased to announce the release of Fedora 16
Fedora is a leading-edge, free and open source operating system that
continues to deliver innovative features to many users, with a new
release about every six months. Fedora 16 brings exciting new features
for desktop users, for system administrators, and for developers.
Highlights of these features can be found below. If the mere mention of
Fedora 16 is all you need, download options can be found at:
For detailed information, see the release notes:
During the preparation of Fedora 16, the computing world lost one of its
great contributors: Dennis Ritchie. Ritchie co-invented Unix and the C
language. He also co-authored The C Programming Language, a book that
taught many programmers just at the time personal computing was
exploding. Without Ritchie computing would be nothing like it is today.
A humble man, not well-known outside his field, Dennis will always be
remembered by those of us who practice the craft. Thank you, Dennis.
== What's New in Fedora 16? ==
For desktop users: a journey to the center of the desktop...
* GNOME 3.2, the latest update to the most popular desktop environment,
brings new features, including:
o System Settings gains an "Online Accounts" panel, which provides
a central point for managing online accounts like Google, Facebook, etc.
o A new contact management application is integrated with Empathy,
Evolution and the new "Online Accounts" settings panel
o A new document management application provides a simpler
alternative to traditional file management for both local and "in-cloud"
* KDE 4.7, the most recent version of this feature-rich desktop
environment, brings substantial updates, including:
o DigiKam 2.0 adds face detection and recognition, geotagging and more.
o An updated Plasma Workspaces window manager (KWin) makes KDE
better suited for mobile devices, and also adds improvements for desktop
o A new shutdown dialog allows users with multiple operating
systems to select the OS to boot next.
For developers: Twenty thousand lines in C...
* Perl 5.14, a new version of Perl, brings many enhancements, including
Unicode 6.0 support.
* GCC Python Plugins extend GCC with Python 2 and 3, without dealing
with the C internals of GCC.
* D2: Fedora 16 is the first Linux distribution to include the newest
version of D, a systems programming language combining the power and
high performance of C and C++ with the programmer productivity of modern
languages such as Ruby and Python.
For system administrators: around the world in eighty columns...
* GRUB2: This leap forward allows better configuration options and
better support for non-x86 architectures.
* New system account ID numbering: Fedora 16 starts user IDs at 1000,
providing more room for system accounts and making it easier for
administrators not have services run as root. This improves
interoperability with other Linux distributions that start user IDs at 1000.
* Chrony: Chrony provides network time protocol (NTP) client and server
pieces which are more tolerant of unstable clocks and Internet
connections which are not always on.
* ext4 driver mounts ext2 and ext3: Fedora 16 uses the ext4 driver to
mount ext2 and ext3 file systems, reducing the size of the kernel code.
* Improved virtualization tools:
o Fedora 16 provides improvements to virtual networking, making
large deployments easier.
o Virt-manager guest inspection is a unique-to-Fedora tool allowing
read-only access to guest file systems, applications, and Windows registry.
o Fedora 16 provides locking of virtual disks to prevent a disk
being used by multiple virtual machines simultaneously.
* Cloud goodies galore:
o Aeolus, a cross-cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)
platform, which consists of a web-based user interface and tools for
managing cloud instances across heterogenous clouds.
o OpenStack, another IaaS platform, which takes form as a
collection of services for setting up and running a cloud compute and
o Pacemaker-cloud, which provides application service high
availability for cloud environments.
o HekaFS, a cloud-ready version of GlusterFS, which extends the
filesystem to be suitable for deployment by a cloud provider by adding
in stronger authentication and authorization, encryption, and multi-tenancy.
This is only a taste of what is included in Fedora 16. A more detailed
list can be found at:
== Download and Upgrade ==
Fedora 16 is not science fiction. It is here right now:
To launch Fedora 16 instances in the cloud, refer to:
If you are upgrading from a previous release of Fedora, refer to:
Fedora 16 full release notes and guides for several languages are
Fedora 16 common bugs are documented at:
== Fedora Spins ==
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of users via hand-picked application set or customizations. They can be
== Contributing ==
There are many ways to contribute beyond bug reporting. You can help
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updates, write and edit documentation, design and do artwork, help with
all sorts of promotional activities, and package free software for use
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== Contact information ==
Journalists and reporters can find additional information at:
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This is a reminder email about the end of life process for Fedora 14.
Fedora 14 will reach end of life on 2011-12-08, and no further updates
will be pushed out after that time. Additionally, with the recent
release of Fedora 16, no new packages will be added to the Fedora 14
Please see http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/DistributionUpgrades for more
information on upgrading from Fedora 14 to a newer release.
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Greetings and salutations,
It is time for yet another edition of.... "Robyn's Fedora Public Service
I'd like to give you a friendly reminder that the nomination period for
the upcoming Fedora elections will be closing promptly TOMORROW,
Saturday, November 5, 2011, at 23:59:59 UTC (US 19:59:59 EDT, 16:59:59 PDT).
Full information about the elections, including the elections schedule,
and links to where one may nominate, can be seen here:
This election cycle will fill the following seats for a one-year period:
* Fedora Board: 2 elected seats, as well as 2 appointed seats
* FESCo (Fedora Engineering Steering Committee): 4 elected seats
* FAmSCo (Fedora Ambassadors Steering Committee): 7 elected seats
Running concurrently with the nomination period (and, hence, closing at
the end of the nomination period), the elections questionnaire is also
open for adding questions which will be posed to candidates. Following
the closing of the questionnaire, candidates will be asked to answer
questions relevant to the position for which they are seeking election.
Questions may be added here, and, again, will also close on Saturday,
November 5, 2011:
If you are planning on seeking election to one of these bodies, please
remember to complete your self-nomination *prior* to the deadline.
Additionally, if you have a fellow contributor who had indicated
interest and has not yet self-nominated, be a Friend and remind them to
At the Fedora 16 Final Go/No-Go meeting today, the Fedora 16 Final
Release was declared GOLD and ready for release on November 8, 2011.
And to clarify: It is a nice, golden, almost... mustard-like color. :)
Thank you to EVERYONE for your sleepless nights, endless testing, prompt
bug-fixing, and endless patience through 5 release candidates.
A reminder that the Fedora 16 Release Wide Readiness Meeting will take
place Today, pretty much now, at 19:00 UTC (3 PM Eastern/ 12 PM Pacific) at
#fedora-meeting: F16 Final Go or No Go Meeting Round Two
Meeting started by rbergeron at 18:00:29 UTC. The full logs are
* Gathering Friends (rbergeron, 18:00:47)
* Why are we here (rbergeron, 18:01:27)
* Purpose of this meeting is to determine if all the Release Criteria
have been met, so we can ship this puppy out the door. (rbergeron,
* Blocker Bugs (rbergeron, 18:02:53)
* LINK: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Current_Release_Blockers
* Look at his beady, majestic eyes. (rbergeron, 18:03:35)
* LINK: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=750469 was just
reopened (robatino, 18:03:56)
* Test Matrices and etc. (rbergeron, 18:25:30)
* AGREED: 750469 needs to be fixed but does not need to delay f16
release; we can fix by updating l-i-t-d in all extant releases (14,
15) (adamw, 18:25:43)
* absolutely all tests are covered and pass or warn (rbergeron,
* Release Engineering (rbergeron, 18:29:03)
* LINK: https://fedorahosted.org/rel-eng/ticket/4967#comment:17
* Anything else before we Set Sail? (rbergeron, 18:35:01)
* To Go, or Not To Go? (rbergeron, 18:36:49)
* F16 is declared GOLD! Ship it. (rbergeron, 18:38:51)
* AGREED: F16 is declared GOLD! Ship it. (rbergeron, 18:39:04)
* Thanks to EVERYONE for your sleepless nights, your hard work, your
bug fixing. (rbergeron, 18:39:34)
* And endless testing, and endless building. (rbergeron, 18:39:45)
* There is a readiness meeting in ~20 minutes here in #fedora-meeting.
* rbergeron will send out a GOLDEN GOLD MAIL to mailing lists.
* in #fedora-meeting-1. (rbergeron, 18:40:39)
* Grats to everyone on shipping yet another INCREDIBLY feature-filled
release. (rbergeron, 18:41:27)
Meeting ended at 18:42:18 UTC.
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