Fedora Core 5 is out

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Fedora Core 5 is out

I had no idea Fedora Core 5 was out. I downloaded Fedora Core 5 test2 like 3 weeks ago and played around with the beta. Was thinking about living dangerously and using the beta version for the migration of TMC's current MovableType installation (Windows). Well, lo and behold I'm happily surfing the web when I find this post from 4 days ago announcing Fedore Core 5 is out. Damn, and I just downloaded the 4 CDs just 3 weeks ago. Time for me to run to my nearest Fedora Core mirror (or maybe I'll Bittorrent it) before everyone else finds out and slows the download to a crawl. Or maybe I'm the last to know? :( To quote Airplane! William Shatner, "Why the hell aren't I notified about these things?"

(Click to play the Shatner quote)
Here's the post announcing the news:

Hi, my name is Fedora Core "Bordeaux", and today I am 5. When I turned 4 last year, they got a funny salesman to talk about me like I was a toy. I like toys. But today Teacher said I am a big kid, and I should talk about myself. I can do lots of big kid stuff now, and everyone tells me that I play really well with all the other kids in class, even the ones who are mean like bullies. I always try and share, which is what Teacher says is the best thing.
Sharing is a really good thing to do. I like to share all my toys and books and stuff with all the other kids so that they can play with them and even learn things, too. I have a lot of neat stuff to share, so I made this cool list to tell you all about it. Teacher gave me some things to put in the list, but since I'm a big kid I think I should get to say what I want, too.

* GNOME 2.14
"Improved speed and usability, and new and better features for power management, file sharing, user help, system administration, teleconferencing, picture browsing, and networking." I think it's easy enough for even my little brother to use, but Mommy and Daddy like it a lot too.

* OpenOffice 2.0.2
"Enhanced productivity features, extensive compatibility with other popular office software, database connectivity functions, and improved use of system libraries for faster loading and better responsiveness overall." Mommy says she can make slide shows for work even easier than before, and Daddy uses it to organizes all our books, music, and movies in databases.

* KDE 3.5.1
"New and exciting features for users and developers, including stylish and attractive applets, educational and entertaining games, incredibly standards-compliant Internet tools, and enhanced multimedia and usability." Plus it looks REALLY cool, especially when my big sister fixes it just the way she likes.

* Mono
"Support for .NET means a new generation of dynamic and powerful cross-platform applications, with some already included, such as Tomboy for note-taking, F-Spot for photo management, and Beagle for content searching and indexing." See, I told you I'm really good at sharing! Plus, I don't ever have a problem remembering or finding things, like pictures, homework, or messages. Mommy says she's really proud of me.

* Yum-based Package Tools
"Installation and software management tools are all based on the flexible and powerful yum utility for easy selection and upgrade of new and existing software." And soon, I'll even be able to get my own special software at install time!
* Xen Virtualization
"The best framework yet for installation, management, migration, and monitoring of software-based virtual domains, allowing system owners to effectively leverage and force-multiply existing hardware for maximum efficiency, scalability, redundancy, and flexibility." Teacher says I get more work done faster than any other kid in our class, too.

* Apache HTTP Server 2.2
"Enhanced authentication, database support, proxy facilities, and content filtering, all built on the most stable and customizable platform for Web services."
* Enhanced Security
"Support for SELinux binary policy modules means that users and developers can now ship their own specialized policies with affected software. GCC's best of breed features, such as stack protection, NX, PIE, and compile-time buffer checks, pile on additional layers of assurance to effectively block illegal ingress." I know all my safety rules, and Mommy and Daddy say that it's really, REALLY hard for monsters to get in our house!

So at school, I got awards for "Best Attendance," "Teacher's Pet," "Honor Roll," and "Good Manners," plus Teacher lets me stay after to clean the erasers until Daddy comes to pick me up. He always tells me how good I am compared to the other kids he knows and that he's really proud of me. He says it's because I'm 100% free and open source, and because I always try to do the right thing just like he and Mommy taught me.
I told him I didn't just learn it from him, but from all the nice people at Red Hat and the Fedora community, who teach me new things all the time. They're all different kinds of people -- users, developers, writers, translators, testers, editors, and so many other things I can't even write it all. They're the people who make it possible to build a complete Linux platform from open source software.
But they say we're not done yet, and we can ALWAYS use more friends to help, so if you think this sounds neat, you should definitely visit:
* http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/HelpWanted

All right, I have to go now. There's always more things to learn and do and I am a very, extremely busy kid. 'Bye! - - -
Fedora is a set of projects sponsored by Red Hat and guided by the contributors. These projects are developed by a large community of people who strive to provide and maintain the very best in free, open source software and standards. Fedora Core, the central Fedora project, is an operating system and platform, based on Linux, that is always free for anyone to use, modify, and distribute, now and forever.
Fedora Core 5 is available at absolutely no cost. To download it:

VIA BITTORRENT (RECOMMENDED):
* torrent.fedoraproject.org/bordeaux-binary-i386.torrent
* torrent.fedoraproject.org/bordeaux-binary-x86_64.torrent
* torrent.fedoraproject.org/bordeaux-binary-ppc.torrent
For DVD and other formats, refer to http://torrent.fedoraproject.org/
If you run an earlier version of Fedora Core, you can get BitTorrent from Fedora Extras. If you are using another platform, you can get BitTorrent at:
* http://www.bittorrent.com/

VIA WEB:
Visit the main Fedora download site listed below. You will be automatically redirected to a mirror of Fedora Core 5. There may be delays due to site congestion, especially in the days immediately following the release, so BitTorrent is recommended instead.
* http://download.fedora.redhat.com/pub/fedora/linux/core/5

VIA CD/DVD:

Visit the following site for a list of vendors of Fedora Core CD/DVD
media:

* http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Distribution/OnlineVendors



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