October 22, 2009, 3:50 pm
The community behind the Fedora Linux distribution has announced the availability of the Fedora 12 beta. Fedora 12, which is codenamed Constantine, is scheduled for official release in November. The new version ships with updated software and adds a number of improvements to key system components. It also brings a lot of nice virtualization improvements.
One of the major goals for Fedora 12 is to boost the quality of the distro on netbook devices. Changes that help fulfill that goal have been made throughout the entire system. The 32-bit x86 packages are now compiled for i686 by default and have a number of optimizations that will provide a performance increase on computers with Intel's Atom processor (-mtune=atom). You can see an interesting discussion about the implications of this change in the IRC logs from a Fedora Engineering Steering Committee meeting.