The first public step towards the release of Fedora 17, code-named Beefy Miracle, was taken yesterday with the release of Fedora 17 alpha. Live CD installation images for the main edition, which uses the GNOME 3 desktop environment, the KDE, Xfce and LXDE Spins, were released. Also released, was a DVD installation image of the main edition and a bfo image for network-based installs.
Fedora fans are encouraged to download, install and report bugs to the Fedora QA team. From the test installation of this alpha release that I have made, bug hunters will be very busy. I know I will be. Download links are available here. Some features that would be of special interest to desktop users have been listed hereMeanwhile, KDE fans can enjoy a few screen shots from a test installation.
The desktop showing the Lancelot menu, an alternate menu style.
Dolphin, the file manager.
Updates candidates as seen from Apper, the graphical application manager.