Thursday, March 31, 2016

[fedora-arm] Fedora 24 Alpha for aarch64

The Fedora 24 Alpha for aarch64 is here, right on schedule for our planned June
final release. Download the prerelease from our Get Fedora site:

- Get Fedora 24 Alpha Server

What is the Alpha release?
The Alpha release contains all the features of Fedora 24'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 24 is expected in June.

If you take the time to download and try out the Alpha, you can check
and make sure the things that are important to YOU are working. Every
bug you find and report doesn't just help you, it improves the
experience of millions of Fedora users worldwide!

Together, we can make Fedora rock-solid. We have a culture of
coordinating new features and pushing fixes upstream as much as we
can, and your feedback improves not only Fedora, but Linux and Free
software as a whole.


Fedora-Wide Changes
Under the hood, glibc has moved to 2.23. The update includes better
performance, many bugfixes and improvements to POSIX compliance, and
additional locales. The new library is backwards compatible with the
version of glibc that was shipped in Fedora 23, and includes a number
of security and bug fixes.

We've also updated the system compiler to GCC 6 and rebuilt all
packages with that, providing greater code optimization and catching
programming errors which had slipped past previous compilers.

In aarch64 golang 1.6 brings all the same golang functionality that
other architectures have enjoyed enabling all the features and apps
that are avaialble there such as docker.

- FreeIPA 4.3 (Domain Controller role) is included in Fedora 24. This
version helps streamline installation of replicas by adding a
replica promotion method for new installs. A new topology plugin has
also been added that automatically manages new replication segment
creation. An effective replica topology visualization tool is also
available in the webUI.

- NodeJS 4 in now available for aarch64. Earlier versions of nodejs have
been available on primary architectures for some time. With nodejs4 we
now bring all the functionality to aarch64 too.

- More packages have been removed from the default Server edition to
make the footprint of the default installation smaller.

Cloud and Docker
Not quite ready for Alpha both qemu cloud images and docker images will
be appearing for nightly Fedora 24 aarch64 composes starting next week.
All the docker pieces are already in place in Fedora 24 Alpha. The last
pieces of the infrastructure to build the nightly docker images are
almost live into production. There will be appropriate announcements
when they go live.

Issues and Details
This is an Alpha release. As such, we expect that 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

As testing progresses, common issues are tracked on the Common F24 Bugs


For tips on reporting a bug effectively, read "how to file a bug


Release Schedule
The full release schedule is available on the Fedora wiki:


The current schedule calls for a beta release towards the beginning of May,
the final release in early June.

Be aware that these dates are development targets. Some projects release
on a set date regardless of feature completeness or bugs; others wait
until certain thresholds for functionality or testing are met. Fedora
uses a hybrid model, with milestones subject to adjustment. This allows
us to make releases with new features and newly-integrated and updated
upstream software while also retaining high quality.
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