[Server-devel] Fedora 24 released / Fedora 22 "end-of-life" July 19 2016

Adam Holt holt at laptop.org
Thu Jun 23 05:36:27 EDT 2016

Congrats to the F24 Team:

The strategic question from a broad deployment perspective across the
world's lower-middle class is increasingly Raspberry Pi support, according
to so many grassroots/field groups I'm speaking with in 2016, very
increasingly tempted to dump Fedora/CentOS for Raspbian, no matter what I
tell them, so that learning technologies are not impeded by traditional
education bureaucracy -- coming into schools thru the front/back and side

I personally hope this "only Raspbian can save us" sentiment is premature,
in that I don't see the Raspbian ecosystem as being fully mature+resilient
just yet -- and as such I *hope* CentOS (or Fedora, or Debian, or...)
deliver increasingly competitive offerings on RPi 3, RPi 4, RPi 5 (or
similar) into 2020~

From: Matthew Miller <mattdm at fedoraproject.org>
Date: Tue, Jun 21, 2016 at 9:47 AM
Subject: Fedora 24 is here!
To: announce at lists.fedoraproject.org

Today the Fedora Project is pleased to announce the general release of
Fedora 24. Download it now from our Get Fedora site:

 Workstation: https://getfedora.org/workstation/
 Server:      https://getfedora.org/server/
 Cloud:       https://getfedora.org/cloud/

 Spins:       https://spins.fedoraproject.org/
 Labs:        https://labs.fedoraproject.org/
 ARM:         https://arm.fedoraproject.org/

Another Step in the Fedora Journey

The Fedora Project has embarked on a great journey... redefining what
an operating system should be for users and developers. Such innovation
does not come overnight, and Fedora 24 is one big step on the road to
the next generation of Linux distributions. But that does not mean that
Fedora 24 is some "interim" release; there are great new features for
Fedora users to deploy in their production environments right now!


The Fedora 24 Workstation release features GNOME 3.20, with many
usability improvements such as easier input device and printer
settings, a better search interface, shortcut windows for keyboard
commands, and more convenient music controls.

Flatpak (formerly xdg-app) is another building-block feature, with
Software able to track installed Flatpaks and adding more features in
the future as the technology develops. The Software app has also grown
features to provide a full system upgrade directly from the desktop
from one Fedora release to the next, and the ability to provide
labeling as well as reviews of available software.

Fedora 24 continues our work on the X replacement, Wayland, a
next-generation graphics stack. Although this release will not default
to Wayland, it includes many improvements and is available as an option
for users to try out, and potentially will be the default stack in
Fedora 25.


Fedora 24 Server edition is more streamlined and introduces more
modularity, which will become a major factor in future Fedora releases,
even as unnecessary packages were removed and the installer has a
smaller footprint.

FreeIPA 4.3 is a major feature for Fedora 24 Server.
FreeIPA is an integrated security information management solution. This
new version of FreeIPA features simplified replica installation and
improved replication technology management.


Fedora is on its way to being the best platform for containerized
applications, from base Fedora container images to a full-featured
platform as a service to run and manage them.

As we continue on this part of the journey, we are packaging OpenShift
Origin so it is easy to deploy. OpenShift Origin is a Platform as a
Service system based around Kubernetes, a production-grade container
orchestration project. OpenShift Origin is optimized for application
development and deployment. Origin makes it easy for developers to get
started building applications in containers and for operators to manage

While not shipped in Fedora 24, per se, we have new infrastructure for
developing container images with applications layered on top of the
base Fedora Docker image. Fedora Developers will also see a layered
image build service, which provides tools for Fedora contributors to
start creating and shipping layered container images in Fedora 25 and

Spins and Labs

Fedora Spins and Labs are alternative Fedora versions that offer
additional desktop environments, or other custom collections of
software, alongside the three editions that are the primary focus for
the project.

Our Spins make it easy for people to use other desktop environments.
Everyone has different needs and Spins are a great way for us to meet
them. The Fedora 24 spins release showcases KDE Plasma, Xfce, LXDE,
Mate-Compiz, and Cinnamon, all on the same Fedora base. Fedora Labs
offer collections of software for specific purposes: Games, Robotics,
and so on. They are pre-selected sets of software ideal for events or
audiences with specialized interests that need corresponding software.
Fedora 24 comes with a new lab focused on Astronomy, which contains a
set of tools for astronomers and astrophysicists.


ARM images are available, as usual, for several use cases. Fedora 24
ships desktop images, such as Spins and Workstation, but also provides a
Server image. A minimal Fedora image completes the wide set of install
options for your ARM board.

Alternate Fedora Architectures

For the first time, all of our secondary architectures, AArch64,
Power64 (ppc64, ppc64le) and s390x, are released simultaneously, rather
than trailing a little behind. This includes the Server edition for all
architectures and the Cloud and Docker base images for AArch64 and
Power64. Along with all the same enhancements as in the primary
architectures in Fedora 24, AArch64 and Power64 now have support for
golang, nodejs, mongodb; along with numerous other
architecture-specific enhancements. The architecture release notes
pages on the wiki have more specifics for each. Download these from:


Atomic Host

Fedora Atomic Host releases on a two-week schedule, and each release is
built on the latest released Fedora version. This schedule means the
Atomic Host will now be currently built on Fedora 24. You can try one of
the newer features with recent Fedora Atomic Host builds today. Since
Fedora 23 was released, Atomic Host has added a developer mode that
gives a better developer experience overall. When running in developer
mode, the host will download and start Cockpit and a tmux session to
make it easier to work at the console and obtain necessary information
such as the root password or IP address.

Make Fedora Even Better

If you want to take an active hand in making Fedora even better, there
are many ways you can contribute. There are many roles that you can
participate. Visit http://whatcanidoforfedora.org/ for more
information! While this is a general release, there is always a chance
you may encounter bugs or missing features. To report issues
encountered during testing, contact the Fedora QA team via the mailing
list or in #fedora-qa on Freenode IRC. As testing progresses, common
issues are tracked on the Common F24 Bugs page:


For tips on reporting a bug effectively, read "how to file a bug
report at https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/How_to_file_a_bug_report.

Flock 2016: Krakow, Poland

If you want to be a part of the journey that Fedora is taking, either
as a current or interested Fedora contributor, one way to engage with
our community is through Fedora premier events. The annual North
American/European conference for Fedora contributors is Flock, which
takes place August 2-5, 2016 in Krakow, Poland. Registration is now
open at https://register.flocktofedora.org. For more information about
our Latin American and Asia-Pacific Conferences, stay tuned for
announcements on the Fedora Community Blog:

Matthew Miller
<mattdm at fedoraproject.org>
Fedora Project Leader
announce mailing list
announce at lists.fedoraproject.org
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