Fedora 15 – Bringing You The Latest In Linux

fedora logo1   Fedora 15   Bringing You The Latest In LinuxIt’s another great day in the world of Linux. Fedora 15 was finally released two days ago, and this new release brings a massive amount of changes compared to Fedora 14. In fact, there’s so many changes that a lot of them can’t fit into this article.  However, the major features that have changed are too important to leave out, that impact users in a very obvious way.

Fedora 15, like every other distribution, starts with a new kernel version. The latest version, 2.6.38, brings more stability, hardware support, and speed. It includes the wondrous “200 line patch” that increases system responsiveness under heavy loads. Most distributions that have recently released a new version will more than likely have the same kernel version, which is good for the user.

The most notable change, out of the entire list, will be very visible to users. GNOME 3 is the default desktop environment for the Fedora 15 Linux distribution, which brings all the new polish and “ease-of-use” to your Linux desktop. My own testing has shown that it is very stable and clean, so I am definitely considering adopting it as my new desktop environment.

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GNOME 3’s main component is GNOME Shell, which is the entire interface that you’ll interact with. All of the programs are hidden away in the “Activities” button in the top-left corner. From the “Windows” section you can scroll through the nicely arranged list of programs, either in its entirety or in each category, as listed on the right side.

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All of the default GNOME applications, such as Nautilus, gedit, and much more have all been updated along with GNOME 3 to take advantage of its new technologies and the new GTK 3 toolkit. They also fit tightly with the default theme in GNOME, as one should expect. In fact, application management has a new twist with GNOME 3. Virtual desktops are endless and are created and removed automatically so that there is only always one empty virtual desktop ready for you. Controversially, the developers of GNOME also removed the minimize and maximize buttons, though there are already tools that can change those settings.

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Notification icons in the top-right corner are also newly designed, following the monochromatic idea of recent icon sets. Additionally, the drop-down menus of each icon follows the new theme in GNOME 3, with nice effects and On/Off buttons. You can learn more about GNOME 3 from this article.

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Fedora 15 contains a handful of other important new features. Finally included is the systemd as the system and session manager, which should also increase stability and speed. A new network device naming scheme has been implemented to avoid confusion by giving network devices a permanent name that will not randomly change after a reboot. Firefox 4 has also been included, and works very well in GNOME 3.

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Fedora 15 also comes with newer versions of the KDE, XFCE, and LXDE desktop environments.

Overall, Fedora 15 is a great release of the popular Linux distribution. It contains so many new features that it is more than worthy of an update or a fresh install in case you don’t have Fedora on your system yet. Your computer will thank you, and you’ll stop hitting your computer every time it screws up.

Since Fedora 15 has been released, will you be trying it out? Are you trying Fedora in general or just because it is one of the most prominent distributions which uses GNOME 3? Let us know in the comments.

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Luke Matthews

Here’s the torrent links:

http://torrent.fedoraproject.org/

I probably won’t install though. I have debian set up just the way I like it.

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Anonymous

Thank’s! Downloading via torrents!

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Miggs

Or better use torrent..

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Aibek

thanks

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David Orozco

redhat is not free, I prefer to use fedora or ubuntu

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ubuntu is very fan too,i used for 3 y

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i prefer to use freebsd ,itis fan,you can try

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Danny Stieben

Yeah, I’d recommend using the torrents instead, because they are still from the Fedora Project, so you know you’re downloading the right thing.

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Luke Matthews

Ok, I’ll retract my previous statement about not trying it out. I installed it earlier tonight and I have to say I’m really digging this release and I’m really liking Gnome 3 so far. It really surprised me because I hated Unity in the latest Ubuntu release with a passion and Gnome 3 was looking kinda similar. Gnome 3 is actually pretty usable where Unity is not IMO.

I did do a bit of tweaking, mostly by installing gnome-tweak-tool gnome-shell-extensions-user-theme and gnome-shell-extensions-alternative-status-menu. Those give you an easy to use interface to tweak things like getting icons back on the desktop, adding minimize buttons to app title bars, theming things up, and adds a power off option to the user menu at the top right instead of having to hold down alt to show power off.

The only issues I have run into so far are:

1. The ati driver I installed from the rpmfusion repo is quite bugged. I ended up uninstalling it and using the default radeon driver instead and it works pretty smoothly for my needs.

2. My wireless driver wasn’t installed and there’s no package available for it. I have a Realtek RTL8191SEvB b/g/n card that Ubuntu picked up and installed drivers for, but no other distro that I’ve run into so far has support for yet. Not a huge deal as I already had the driver source downloaded to use with my debian install.

3. Had to disable SELinux. There’s apparently some sort of issue with SELinux that causes the Lastpass extension to crash according to the Lastpass support forums. I’m not THAT paranoid about the security on my laptop as I mostly surf the web and type stuff up on it anyways so I just set it to disabled in the SELinux config.

Other than those things everything works as expected.

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Danny Stieben

Luke,

I am very happy to see that you are enjoying Fedora right now! Unlike some people, I do find that it is a solid release that only gets better through updates. Installing some Gnome Shell extensions is also a great choice.

As for your three problems…
1. I’ve heard that the ATI drivers don’t play very nice yet with Gnome Shell, and I doubt that RPM Fusion is carrying the latest and greatest driver out there (11.5). You might have to wait until RPM Fusion ships a newer version of the driver before trying again. However, I must agree that the Radeon drivers have gotten better, and I can almost play FPS games at the same frame rate (almost).

2. If Ubuntu had to separately install it after the installation of the distribution itself, then could it be that it installed some proprietary drivers? Remember that Fedora doesn’t do this by itself, and instead you have to install proprietary things (like for example the ATI drivers) manually. Just some food for thought, though I could have missed the mark.

3. Honestly, don’t worry about turning SELinux off. In earlier versions of Fedora I had to do the same thing because SELinux errors kept popping up. Currently with my last F15 installation I’ve kept it on because it has improved quite a bit and isn’t being as much of a distraction as it used to be. However, if it starts acting up again, I’ll be turning it off myself. People recommend that you keep SELinux enabled for your own protection, but I think it’s only really necessary when you’re using the OS in a server environment. For desktop users, that’s not so much the case.

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Arjun Bajaj

i used ubuntu 11.04 with unity but really didn’t like it a lot. is gnome 3 better than unity: just want your opinion.
and is there a software center like there’s one in ubuntu,
and one last thing. is there a program which can install fedora inside windows like wubi for ubuntu?
cause i cant remove windows and want to try fedora. so it’ll be good if i can use that way?
thanks.

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Danny Stieben

Hi Arjun,

In case I didn’t mention it anywhere, Fedora is a (although extremely capable distro) “noob-unfriendly” distro, compared to Ubuntu and the like. However, it’s definitely not as bad as facing just a terminal and nothing else.

Fedora does not have a Software Center-like app, but it does have a package manager that is comparable to Synaptic. Find the packages that you want, select them, and install.

Fedora also does not offer Wubi, which Ubuntu uses to make trying Ubuntu (supposed to be an easy distro)…easier. No worries, though, as you can just the same try Fedora in a virtual machine. I recommend using VirtualBox if you’ve never used virtualization software before.

Hope that helped!

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Arjun Bajaj

thanks for the reply…. i might soon try fedora, first in a VM and then a full install. Thanks…