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May 05, 2008

Fedora Unity Releases Fedora 8 Re-Spin

The Fedora Unity Team is proud to announce the release of another Fedora 8 Re-Spin

The Fedora Unity Project is proud to announce the release of new ISO Re-Spins (DVD and CD Sets) of Fedora 8.

These Re-Spin ISOs are based on the officially released Fedora 8 installation media and include all updates released as of May 1st, 2008.

The ISO images are available for i386, x86_64 and PPC architectures via Jigdo and Torrent starting Monday, May 5th, 2008.

Go to to get the bits!

CD Media Included

We have included CD Image sets for those in the Fedora community that do not have DVD drives or burners available.

Bugs solved in this Re-Spin

With this particular Re-Spin, fixes for the following bugs are included, like on our last Fedora 8 Re-Spin releases[1,2]:

  • #372011, "depsolve hang in F7 to F8 upgrade"

We have incorporated the updates image made by Jeremy Katz (comment #11 in the bug), and we have verified that a full Fedora 7 installation upgrades to Fedora 8 without issues.

  • #367731, "anaconda fails on Via VPSD motherboard"

On i586 hardware, the installation media wouldn't boot and thus renders itself unusable. We have backported the fix for this issue from anaconda development to the Fedora 8 stock anaconda, as anaconda is not updated during a release.

  • #369611, "yum upgrade with selinux-policy-strict installed fails"

A dependency problem in selinux-policy-strict during upgrades is resolved in an updated selinux-policy-strict package, which is included in the Re-Spin

  • #404601, "anaconda crashes on 'cdrom' line in kickstart"

Updates to pykickstart incorporated in the rebuilt installer resolve this issue.

  • #420281, Cannot find kickstart file during unattended installation

The kickstart file name searched for after booting from CD or DVD with option "linux ks" and using a dhcp and nfs server is wrong.

Attention: Changes in this Re-Spin

Also, we would like to let you know that NetworkManager is now installed by default, and for people doing minimal installations; this service will need to be disabled before the network starts to work.

Thanks to

We would like to give a special thanks to the following for testing this Re-Spin:

- Harley-D                        Dana Hoffman Jr
- zcat                                Jason Farrell
- iWolf                               Jeffrey Tadlock
- vwbusguy-                      Scott Williams
- baard1973                     S.A. Hartsuiker
- Southern_Gentleman     Ben Williams
- nirik                                Kevin Fenzi
- kanarip                          Jeroen van Meeuwen

Testing Results

A full test matrix can be found at our Test Matrix

A full list of bugs, packages and changelogs that have been updated in this Re-Spin can be reviewed on

Previous Re-Spin (20080331) will expire

Due to limited resources, this spin will immediately obsolete 20080331, which will be deleted from our mirrors in the next few days.

Fedora Unity has taken up the Re-Spin task to provide the community with the chance to install Fedora with recent updates already included.

These updates might otherwise comprise more than 2.05GiB of downloads for a full install.

This is a community project, for and by the community. You can contribute to the community by joining our test process.

Go to to get the bits!

Assistance Needed

If you are interested in helping with the testing or mirroring efforts, please contact the Fedora Unity team.

Contact information is available at or the #fedora-unity channel on the Freenode IRC Network (

To report bugs in the Re-Spins please use

Apr 13, 2008

Thank you seeders!

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I've written about the crap that won't flush. I've requested additional seeders, because the traffic on the master seed, or tracker if you will, was... well... let's just say it was proving my original point. Right now though, thanks to you, the traffic is down to a minimum:


So, what I'm trying to say is: Thank you, additional 40 voluntary seeders! And thank you, 45 original seeders! In 4 days after my original blog post requesting additional seeds, you doubled the amount of seeds and took some weight off my shoulders. I can breath again! The torrent tracker is also the master mirror for the release via Jigdo, the primary compose host for our Re-Spins and Revisor development, and my workstation -the load average makes me work on my laptop instead.

Apr 09, 2008

Torrent Seeds Requested

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Like I stated in a previous blog post, Torrent is a real bandwidth consuming way of distributing things. I'd rather use Jigdo, which is very light-weight for both the client and the server. Better yet, clients could use our own version, pyJigdo, and give us feedback so that we can improve it.

Anyway, we do want our Re-Spins to be available to as many users as possible, and as it seems, Torrent is popular, still. Because Fedora Unity only has so much fast seeds (one that can handle the amount of disk space and traffic involved, actually), I'd like you to seed some, if you can. Right at this moment I have 154 peers (and growing) wanting to download one or the other Re-Spin, and I could certainly use your help seeding it to them. Check to see which spins are most popular, and please note that most of the seeds you see are actually duplicates ;-)

Of course you are also welcome to consider becoming a Jigdo mirror for us, carrying about ~20GB of data, serving around 1GB/day.

Here's the Torrent files,

and here's the primary torrent seed:

Thanks, in advance,

Jeroen van Meeuwen