February 6, 2009
Today, Red Hat's Fedora Project division announces that it has released its new Fedora 11 Alpha
version, and has provided OS Today with some of its main features.
Fedora's newest release includes a number of new features including the new Windows Cross Compiler
and a development release of Gnome 2.26 as the default desktop.
“The new Fedora ver. 11 Alpha should boot on the majority of systems, and provides a look at what
new features are to be included in the next release,” Fedora’s Jesse Keating said today in an emailed
Full release notes are available. However, some highlights include the Min-GW Windows cross compiler.
Min-GW is a development environment for Fedora users who want to cross-compile their programs to run on
Windows without having to use Windows during development.
In the past, developers have had to port and compile all of the libraries and tools they have needed.
“MinGW in Fedora eliminates duplication of work for application developers by providing a range of libraries
and development tools already ported to the cross-compiler environment,” says Fedora.
Other highlights include the ext 4 filesystem as the default Linux system, the inclusion of the Btrfs
filesystem, an experimental system included in Fedora for the first time, and a development version of the
Gnome 2.26 desktop environment.
Overall, Gnome 2.26 is the default desktop environment in Fedora version 11 but KDE 4.2 RC2 and Xfce
4.6 beta are also included as well, offering developers even more flexibility.
Source: The Fedora Project.