The Fedora Project, proudly announced a few minutes ago (August 23rd) the immediate availability for download and testing of the Alpha version of the upcoming Fedora 16 operating system, due for release in November 2011.
Dubbed Verne, Fedora 16 Alpha is powered by Linux kernel 3.0, the latest development version of the GNOME 3 desktop environment and KDE Software Compilation 4.7.
"We need your help to make Fedora 16 the best release yet, so please take a moment of your time to download and try out the Alpha and make sure the things that are important to you are working."
"If you find a bug, please report it -- every bug you uncover is a chance to improve the experience for millions of Fedora users worldwide. Together, we can make Fedora a rock-solid distribution." - was stated in the announcement.
Highlights of Fedora 16 Alpha:
· Linux kernel 3.0;
· The GNOME 3.1 desktop environment;
· KDE Software Compilation 4.7;
· Systemd services management;
· SELinux improvements;
· 1000 System accounts;
· Added Chrony NTP client;
· Removed HAL;
· Removed ConsoleKit;
· Automatic Multi-seat support;
· Support for cloud computing;
· Restored support for Xen;
· Enhanced Spice 0.10 app to manage virtual machines;
· Many improvements for developers;
· Aeolus Conductor;
· Blender 2.5;
· Boost 1.47;
· Glasgow Haskell Compiler 7.0.4;
· Haskell Platform 2011.2.0.1;
· GNOME Input integration;
· libvirt networking support improvements;
· New mkdumprd for kdump;
· Perl 5.14;
· Static analysis of CPython extensions;
· Sugar 0.94;
· TigerVNC 1.1;
· USB Network Redirection.
Fedora 16 Release Schedule:
August 23rd, 2011 - Fedora 16 Alpha release
September 27th, 2011 - Fedora 16 Beta release
November 1st, 2011 - Fedora 16 final release
Download Fedora 16 Alpha right now from Softpedia. Remember that this is an alpha release and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended to be used for testing purposes only. If you encounter bugs please report them to the Red Hat Bugzilla.