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Red Hat announces it has cooked up Fedora 20 'Heisenbug' Beta

No Breaking Bad puns, we're Linux
Thu Nov 14 2013, 14:17

ENTERPRISE LINUX DISTRIBUTION Red Hat has announced its latest beta for its Fedora flavour of Linux.

Codenamed Heisenbug, Beta 20 is named not in honour of everyone's favourite fictional crystal meth cook, but it's a term for an unfixable bug, which is rather like Gordon Ramsey calling his latest dish 'disgusting poison'.

The new Fedora beta release includes support for virtualisation and an OS installer for LVM Thin Provisioning and VM Snapshot UI with virt-manage. After a week waiting in a safehouse after a number of glitches, Heisenbug also includes support for Ruby on Rails 4.0 and Perl 5.18.

The Network Manager tool has been improved to allow addition and deletion of networks through the command line, using the nmcli command, while for debugging, syslog has been superceded by systemd. This is also the first version of Fedora not to include Sendmail by default, though it can be added manually.

This update marks the 10th anniversary of Fedora and perhaps the most fundamental addition to date is full support for ARM chips. A company spokesman said, "In keeping with Fedora's commitment to leading edge open innovation, ARM is now a primary architecture. While Fedora has supported a number of hardware architectures over the years (with x86/x86_64 being the default for the majority of Fedora users), the ARM team has made massive strides over the past year.

The technology already dominates the mobile market and shows great promise for the server world as well, hence Fedora's adoption of the architecture to satisfy end users and developers targeting the ARM platform."

Also announced yesterday was Jboss Data Grid version 6.2, the company's in-memory data grid software product, which the company claims "introduces more deployment options and improved data access, programmability, flexibility and performance over previous versions". µ


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