2006-02-20: Fedora Core 5 Test 3 Now Available

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Press release by Jesse Keating, Release Engineer: Fedora:

The Fedora Project announces the third release of the Fedora Core 5 development cycle, available for the i386, x86_64, and PPC/PPC64 architectures. Beware that Test releases are recommended only for Linux experts/enthusiasts or for technology evaluation, as many parts are likely to be broken and the rate of change is rapid.


Final is scheduled for release March 15. This aggressive schedule makes vitally important your help in testing, reporting and suggesting fixes for bugs. Please direct bugs to http://bugzilla.redhat.com, Product Fedora Core, Version fc5test3. As always, be sure that your bug is not already fixed by updates and search for existing bugs before filing.


During the continual freeze process, very few changes will be introduced. This is to prevent new bugs from surfacing and to ensure that Fedora Core 5 is the best release we can make it. Rawhide reports over the next three weeks should be very sparse. Please do test the few updates extensively.

Thanks to all in the Fedora Project who have contributed to this release. Your continued efforts are what makes Fedora possible.

[edit] Downloads

DVD, CD and network installation are available. Please read the Important Warnings below in this announcement for more details.


The recommended method of download is via BitTorrent from this site.


HTTP, FTP, and RSYNC downloads are available from Fedora Project mirrors listed above. Note that not all mirrors may be synced at this time.

[edit] Notable Features of FC5 Test 3

  • Xen, now with x86_64!
  • Package selection within the installer has been reenabled.
  • Rebuilt again on later gcc4.1 snapshot for performance and security
  • Hibernate should be functional on a wide variety of hardware again (use pm-hibernate to test)
  • PPC Install CDs are bootable once again
  • Unified SRPM set instead of one per arch
  • Lots of bugfixes from Test 2 release testing
  • 1600+ Extras packages conveniently available via yum


Latest version of release notes are available from here. (not yet uploaded, will be soon.

[edit] Important Warnings


Please see this page for an updated list of important notes for FC5test3 in order to avoid common problems and troubleshoot problems that you may see.

Have fun testing this release, and enjoy the collaboration of Linux.

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