Fedora 22 alpha released
The next version of Fedora is well underway. Fedora 22 has reached the alpha stage, and you can download it to give it a test in a virtual machine.
Joe Brockmeier at Fedora Magazine reports:
The Fedora 22 Alpha release has arrived, with a preview of the latest free and open source technology under development. Take a peek inside! The Alpha release contains all the exciting features of Fedora 22’s editions in a form that anyone can help test. This testing, guided by the Fedora QA team, helps us target and identify bugs. When these bugs are fixed, we make a Beta release available. A Beta release is code-complete and bears a very strong resemblance to the third and final release. The final release of Fedora 22 is expected in May.
As always, Fedora carries a number of improvements to make life better for its desktop users! Here’s some of the goodness you’ll get in Fedora 22 Workstation edition.
The GNOME Shell notification system has been redesigned and subsumed into the calendar widget.
The Terminal now notifies you when a long running job completes.
The login screen now uses Wayland by default. This is a step towards replacing X with Wayland, and users should not actually notice the difference.
Installation of GStreamer codecs, fonts, and certain document types is now handled by Software, instead of gnome-packagekit.
The Automatic Bug Reporting Tool (ABRT) now features better notifications, and uses the privacy control panel in GNOME to control information sent.
The Nautilus file manager has been improved to use GActions, from the deprecated GtkAction APIs, for a better, more consistent experience.
The GNOME Shell has a refreshed theme for better usability.
The Qt/Adwaita theme is now code complete, and Qt notifications have been improved for smoother experience using Qt-based apps in Workstation.
Marius Nestor at Softpedia has a screenshot tour of the Fedora 22 Xfce alpha:
We’ve grabbed the Xfce Spin of Fedora 22 Alpha to make a screenshot tour of the final Xfce 4.12 desktop environment, for your viewing pleasure (check it out below). We can report that Xfce 4.12 uses its standard and traditional layout in Fedora 22. The distribution is powered by Linux kernel 4.0 RC1.
Among the included applications, we can mention the Thunar 1.6.6 file manager, Midori 0.5.9 web browser, Transmission 2.84 BitTorrent client, AbiWord 3.0.1 word processor, Claws Mail 3.11.1 email client, Pragha Music Player 1.2.2, and Gnumeric 1.12.20 spreadsheet editor.