The Fedora Project proudly announced last evening, October 4th, the immediate availability for download and testing of the Beta version of the upcoming Fedora 16 operating system, due for release in November 2011.
Dubbed Verne, Fedora 16 Beta is powered by Release Candidate 6 of the upcoming Linux kernel 3.1.0, it features GNOME 3.2 and KDE Software Compilation 4.7 desktop environments, lots of SELinux enhancements, updated Haskell, Perl and Ada environments, and much more.
"The Beta release is the last important milestone of Fedora 16. Only critical bug fixes will be pushed as updates leading to the general release of Fedora 16 in early November."
"We invite you to join us in making Fedora 16 a solid release by downloading, testing, and providing your valuable feedback." - said Dennis Gilmore in the mailinglist announcement.
Highlights of Fedora 16 Beta:
· Linux kernel 3.1.0 RC6;
· GNOME 3.2 desktop environment;
· KDE Software Compilation 4.7.0;
· 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 October 4th, 2011 - Fedora 16 Beta release
November 8th, 2011 - Fedora 16 final release
Download Fedora 16 Beta right now from Softpedia. Remember that this is a beta 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.