Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Fedora 9 (Sulphur) Is Out

Fedora 9 has officially released, I plan to post a Dell XPS M1330 install (upgrade possibly) guide shortly.

Some highlights in this release:

  • PackageKit replaces pirut as the package management frontend to yum. PackageKit's goal is to provide a standardized interface for installing and updating packages, abstracting the user from the actual (yum, apt, etc...) software used by the system
  • NetworkManager improvements (it's also configured to start by default, which wasn't the case in F8) such as Ad-Hoc networks (form a wireless network with other nearby wireless clients) and support for PolicyKit
  • Gnome 2.22, which uses the new Gnome Display Manager, rather than gdm
  • KDE Desktop 4.03 with the promise that version 4.1 will be available via the normal update repo later this year when it is release upstream
  • Firefox 3 (well, it's really Firefox 3 beta5)
  • OpenJDK6 as the default Java
  • Improved speeds for startup and shutdown of X (the project claims approx 1 second for each)
  • Drive encryption and ext4 file system support

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