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Fedora 18 Will Preview A New Package Manager

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Published on 18 June 2012 05:58 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Fedora
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During today's FESCo meeting, the engineering and steering committee approved a number of new features for Fedora 18, a.k.a. the Spherical Cow.

Newly-approved features for this next Fedora Linux release due out in November include:

- An improved initial experience, such as for showing any EULA/licenses on first boot, improvements to getting on the network easier, setting the system time/location, setting up online accounts (e.g. G-Mail), and other enhancements to provide "an improved and smoother initial experience" for those trying out the Fedora desktop for the first time. Initial experience details are on this Wiki page.

- More packages to make Fedora 18 a more ideal development platform for Clojure. The Clojure language is a dialect of the Lisp programming language that runs on the Java Virtual Machine, Common Language Runtime, and JavaScript engines.

- Fedora 18 will use DNF, which is a new package manager. DNF is considered a next-generation Yum package manager and uses the hawkey/libsolv back-end. DNF was forked from Yum 3.4 and aims to provide better performance while with a smaller memory footprint, a leaner code-base, a strict API definition for extending projects, strict API definition for plug-ins, and a SAT solver for dependency resolving. DNF and Yum can co-exist so for the Spherical Cow this is mainly meant as a preview item. Hawkey is the new package management API that is built atop libsolv. More information on the Wiki.

- The DragonEgg GCC-LLVM plug-in will be available in Fedora 18.

- The debug files in debuginfo packages will be compressed using the DWARF Compressor dwz in order to save space.

- The minimal debuginfo will be installed by default in an attempt to increase quality of bug reports and allows for easier profiling and user-space tracing.

- Support for offline updates using systemd and PackageKit. The updating of system components will be done in a minimal, controlled environment. Details here.

- SELinux booleans will be renamed.

- More SysVInit scripts will be ported to systemd unit files.

- New systemd documentation and systemd unit file clean-ups will happen.

These newly-approved Fedora 18 features were mentioned in the FESCo meeting notes.

Some of the other previously-approved Fedora 18 features were talked about in: Fedora 18 Approves Controversial Feature and Fedora 18 To Get User Mode Migration, Xfce 4.10.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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