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Eager and ready to get Linux 2.6 a try, but you’re not a kernel hacker? Well, you don’t have to wait any longer. Red Hat Inc.’s released a 2.6 distribution, the community based distribution Fedora Core 2 test 1, late last week.

Fedora, which is not supported Red Hat, is an experimental distribution for Red Hat users who want to ride the bleeding edge of Linux technology. It’s meant primarily for early adopters, pilot projects and developers.

This first mainstream distribution of Linux 2.6 from a major Linux distributor consists of the Linux 2.6 kernel, GNOME 2.5, and KDE 3.2. It is an early release and you can expect to find bugs. Users are requested to file bug reports to Bugzilla.

The first beta version of beta Fedora Core consists of four binary ISO and four source ISO images. It is available via ftp, from some Red Hat mirror sites, and from the Duke University Torrent system for BitTorrent users. In any case, with high demand and a payload size of 2.1GBs for the binary ISO images alone, only users with broadband and time on their hands should download the distribution.

The next version, Fedora Core 2 test2, is scheduled for release March 8, with test3 due March 28 and the final version on April 19.

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