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Fedora 18 Beta, and final, delayed

by Rob Zwetsloot

The Fedora Project have pushed back the Fedora 18 Beta by a week, which will carry over to the release date of the RC and Final version

Putting release dates on open source software and operating systems is always risky business – while working to deadlines cane help keep development running along at a certain pace, it can be a little disappointing when a delay has to happen. Much like previous versions of Fedora, there’s been a delay announced for the release of the Fedora 18 Beta.

The Fedora Engineering Steering Committee (FESCo) announced that, due to unfinished and untestable functionality, the Beta for Fedora 18 has been pushed back a week. This new functionality is described in a ticket created by FESCo regarding rewrites to anaconda and how it would change upgrades. It has been decided that the code does not work, so more time has been given to work on it.

You should now expect the beta on 6th November 2012, with the final release pushed back to 11th December 2012.

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    • Leslie Satenstein

      I have been a Fedora user since 2004. Thats 8 years of faithfulness. During these past 8 years, there was never a release that respected the original project’s planned date. My view is that there was too much put into the project plan with too much an optimistic schedule.

      The result of missed project dates has been casualties for the project leader. This should not be. When Fedora is late, it is also a substantial amount of stress on the project leader and the applications on the critical path.

      So, my comments are: Do not take any anger out on the project leader. A global project with developers around the globe is a very different a project management role than when everyone is in the same building.

      Because another distribution has six monthly releases, does mean that to match the six month releases, Fedora should undertake less new functionality, so dates could be respected. I do not feel that there is something wrong if a cleaned up Fedora 17 image was released as a Fedora 17a, some three months later. Does it have to be called a respin? In this way, Fedora can respect the 6 months targets for new releases.

      I am patient, I am understanding, and I await the next release, which will definitely be great and as always, bugfree from the first day.