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Fedora 20 released

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Fedora 20 was released a few days ago. J.A. Watson at ZDNet has a brief overview of the different desktops available, and concludes that for the most they run just fine on any hardware, including “sub-notebooks”. Furthermore, even though the “spin” of each desktop have specialised in their own applications, there are always plenty more to chose from in the main Fedora repositories.

The Anaconda installer was written back in release 18, and FedUp (FEDora UPgrader) is now the main system upgrade tool. It is not quite clear whether it is preferred to perform that on a running system though, as opposed to booting from an installer image.

Thus, the following links still apply, even for existing installations:

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Fedora 17 Released

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Fedora 17 has been released, and H-Online has a good overview of the changes and new features. Of personal interest I’d highlight these changes:

  • The consolidation of the /lib/, /lib64/, /bin/ and /sbin/ directories.
  • Removable media now mounted at /run/media/$USER.
  • Drop of support for Radeon 2000, 3000 and 4000 series graphics cards in the proprietary AMD driver (only the open source driver will support these cards; but performance is not optimal).
  • And finally, OpenJDK7 will be the main Java version.

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Fedora 16 Released

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Fedora 16 was released today. There are a number of changes, including “GRUB 2 replaces legacy GRUB, HAL is gone and replaced by udisks, upower, and libudev, migration from SysV init to native Systemd continues”. Furthermore, Java 7 is finally being previewed, while Java 6 is still the default.

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Fedora 15 Released

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Fedora 15 was released yesterday. The most noticeable change is the new Gnome 3 UI, which “brings the first major overhaul of the GNOME user experience in 10 years”. Some of the changes might take some time to get used to, and adjust, and the release notes covers some of the details for desktop users. Judging from an alpha release, and the screen shoots, it is disappointing that they have jumped on the fashion bandwagon and added a black status bar. I’m sure it can be customized though, so I will come back to that later.

Other major changes and updates include Firefox 4 with its improved HTML 5 support, systemd boot and init optimized for SSD drives, and also worth noticing Indic, a predictive input typing booster, for “the ibus platform. It suggests complete words based on partial input.”

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Fedora 14 Released

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Fedora 14 was released yesterday. You can find the release notes here. It seems that is mainly an incremental release, with few ground braking news. Most interesting is maybe the inclusion of a selection of the MeeGo applications; see section 2.1.4. Also, it seems GCC might include support for the AVR ATmega*U2 chips. Not sure what this will mean for Arudino development.

Gottchas include a change in the middle-button click behaviour. It will no longer be emulated by left+right click. See section 3.5.2. Here is what they say will fix that:

Middle mouse button emulation can be enabled by the addition of a xorg.conf snippet:

        Section "InputClass"
	  Identifier "middle button emulation class"
	  MatchIsPointer "on"
	  Option "Emulate3Buttons" "on"
	EndSection

More importantly, you can download your copy here. The various spins are worth having a look at. These are special variations on the distribution, focused on particular users, like education, research, entertainment, and so on. Of course, there is nothing stopping you from installing the same application regardless of which “spin” you start with.

Finally, to save some bandwidth, trees, and all that, look at the torrent files. They were a bit more hidden this time. However, they’re all still listed on torrent.fedoraproject.org

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