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Fedora 3.0 Release Schedule and Features

The long-anticipated Fedora 3.0 Beta 2 will be released in early-June, and will be essentially the same as the final public version of Fedora 3.0, which should follow in early July. Fedora 3.0 Beta 2 contains all the features that will be found in the final release and can be used for development testing.
It has been a long road which could not have been accomplished without significant help from the Fedora community that include many comments on the Content Model Architecture plus code contributions. In particular, we would like to note Gert Pedersen and Mogens Sandfaer for updating GSearch, MediaShelf’s REST API, Sun Microsystems ST5800 adapter, and the Fiz Karlsruhe work on scalability testing.
We also delivered a maintenance release, Fedora 2.2.2, in March. Our plans are to continue supporting Fedora 2 for at least a year since there are many production repositories depending on it.
As the startup of the Fedora Commons organization progresses we are working to become a more community-driven open source organization. We have established licensing standards for code contributions and the first draft of the Fedora Commons Technology Roadmap has been published. The roadmap is a living document which will change with your inputs. As part of our growth we have organized development into a set of five individually managed projects.
Fedora Repository Project
This project is the traditional Fedora distribution which includes the Fedora Repository service and several closely related components and libraries.
Topaz Project
Based loosely on the ORM (Object to Relational Mapping) family of software, Topaz is a powerful object to triple persistence and query service.
Akubra Project
The Akubra Project is a new effort developed jointly by the Fedora and Topaz project teams as the first area of joint architecture work. The goal of Akubra is to provide a pluggable storage component that supports transactions on common file systems plus the ability to support multiple customized storage options at the same time.
Mulgara Project
Mulgara is one of the premier RDF databases (semantic triple-stores) available in open-source and a key component of the Fedora Repository service and Topaz OTM.
Fedora Middleware Project
The goal of this work is to provide an improved Fedora Repository service and to enable new service integrations in accordance with the principles of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). This work also includes the integration of “solution bundles” which an easier path to immediate use.