Red Hat dons stylish new Fedora
By Stuart Turton
Posted on 13 May 2008 at 10:05
Fedora 9 will be put up for download today, and continues the trend of making Linux a more inviting proposition for newcomers.
Alongside the more sweeping changes, Fedora 9 takes the new KDE 4 desktop environment for a spin, which not only brings some added glitz but also supports Vista-style widgets and reduces memory consumption, meaning even older machines can benefit from a bit of glamour.
Under the hood Fedora 9 brings improved support for Bluetooth, mobile broadband adaptors and virtual operating systems. It also supports ext4, for those looking to tinker with Linux's next generation file-system, and ships with Firefox 3 Beta 5 as standard.
Alongside these improvements, the PackageKit software will root out the necessary open-source software on the net when you try to open a file not currently supported on your machine, though opening proprietary formats will require you do the work yourself.
As with the recent Ubuntu release, the team has clearly decided installation is a barrier to newcomers and moved to simplify the entire process. The interface can handle NTFS formatted disks, and should make the entire process of partitioning, encrypting and resizing drives much easier. While it may not be as immediately user friendly as the Wubi installer released with Ubuntu, it's clearly a further step in the right direction.
Fedora 9 also allows you to carry a persistent version of the operating system around on a 1GB or greater USB stick, which maintains all your updates and saved files, meaning you need never leave home without your operating system again.
Is your business a social business? For helpful info and tips visit our hub.
- Hello Cortana, it's nice to meet you
- Windows 8.1 Update: an abject surrender
- The insane economics of Sky Now TV
- No such thing as a free app... so pay up if you want quality
- Time to outlaw crapware-laden installers
- Windows Phone 8.1 video: hands-on
- Office for iPad: key information
- Why every PC buyer owes Richard Durkin a debt of gratitude
- HTC One M8 vs Samsung Galaxy S5: 2014's big-hitters compared
- Windows XP end of life: key information
- Why laptops with serial ports matter to the Internet of Things
- Make your mobile battery last longer
- Small steps into handling Big Data
- Nexus 5: does it really run stock Android?
- How to get broadband to a garden office
- How to write your company's IT security policy
- Raspberry Pi and Wolfram: a must-have for every child
- Could you get by with Office Web Apps?
- The best Android antivirus apps for 2014
- Headings vs headers: how to use both in Word