Things are coming together for the next release of Fedora–Fedora 12!  The Fedora 12 Alpha will be publicly available next Tuesday, August 25, 2009.  Admittedly the term “Public Availability” sounds funny in Fedora… it isn’t as if the bits have been a huge secret for months.  Different in this release cycle is the change to two (previously three) test releases.  Fedora 12 will have Alpha and Beta test releases.

For other upcoming Fedora dates see the current schedule.  And don’t miss the action packed Fedora 12 Feature List.

The detailed team schedules have all the other dates you might be interested in.  Fedora 12 is the first release to have complete detailed schedules for every team working on the release.  Check them out if you are interested in what a particular team does or want to know more about what it takes to create a Fedora release.  These fantastic schedules were the result of detailed review meetings with each of the teams using the two tools in Fedora that I can’t say enough about: Gobby and FedoraTalk.  I’m hoping we can do all of our schedule reviews for Fedora 13 in person at the recently announced FUDCon in Toronto (December 5 to 7, 2009).

None of this scheduling goodness would be possible without TaskJuggler.  Like any tool it has its quirks, but one of things I love best about it is being able to code new tasks and make adjustments in a text editor.  This makes it easy to do version control, make quick changes, and compare different versions of the schedule.  Check out the Fedora 12 source directory to see for yourself.