After a week delay Fedora 13 has been released and it is time to upgrade of course. As always there are a decent number of features in this release but here are a few that stand out to me:
- boot.fedoraproject.org – A small bootable image to start the install from.
- IntelliJ IDEA – IntelliJ IDEA community edition. I'm glad to see my favorite IDE make it in along with Netbeans and Eclipse even if it is just the stripped down version.
- Python 3 – Running along side Python 2.
- Nouveau DisplayPort – Support for NVIDIA cards with a DisplayPort.
- Radeon DisplayPort – Support for Radeon cards with a DisplayPort.
- NetworkManager Command Line – A command line interface for NetworkManager. As much as I find myself hating NetworkManager maybe this will help.
- Gnome 2.30 – The latest stable version of Gnome.
- KDE 4.4 – The latest stable version of KDE.
Check out the Fedora 13 feature list for all the major features in this release.
Now that Facebook has finally released the source for HipHop PHP it is time to give it a spin. Of course it is still a little rough around the edges so I figured I would toss together a quick howto on getting it to build.
The first thing to note is that they are only supporting 64 bit systems officially. Having said that it isn't too hard to modify the code to make it work on a 32 bit system although it may turn out that such early modifications are missing some fundamental bits on why they were only support 64 bit systems. I'm going to assume at first that you are using a 64 bit system and then end with what you need if you are still using a 32 bit system.
I recently needed to create a clean EC2 AMI using a fairly new linux distro. It has been a while since I've needed to create a new AMI so I also wanted to move away from the older pre-packaged AMI and boot using EBS. After taking a look at what was currently available publicly I decided I would just create my own EBS bootable AMI using Fedora 12. It wasn't all that complicated but there are a decent number of steps so I figured I would document them for anyone else who might want to give it a try.
I'm going to assume you already understand how to do things like create instances, create EBS volumes and ssh into your running instance using key based authentication. I use the AWS management console for a lot of what follows with the exception of needing to register the AMI and for that you will need the Amazon EC2 API Tools and Amazon EC2 AMI Tools
Fedora 12 was just released and it is time to upgrade again of course. I almost thought this was going to be a version to yawn at but then I saw that there was going to be a new version of Fedora based on Moblin and it seemed exciting again. Of course that isn't the only thing being upgraded in the latest version of Fedora. Some of the more notable changes in this version:
You can find the complete list of Fedora 12 enhancements as well if you want more details.
It is time again to upgrade if you are using Fedora. Fedora 11 was released a few days ago and contains some nice enhancements.
For people who can a complete re-install is probably best. One reason for that is the inclusion of ext4 in Fedora11. You won't get the benefit of ext4 unless you do a fresh install or upgrade from ext3 to ext4. If you read the upgrade guide that Fedora produces it recommends not doing an upgrade.
Now that Fedora 7 is out I figured it was time to update the EC2 instance howto. It is almost exactly the same as creating a FC6 instance so if you want to know the details you can reference that article.