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    Default A Look Through Fedora 16 Alpha

    Phoronix: A Look Through Fedora 16 Alpha

    Fedora 16 Alpha was released earlier this week while the final release is not due until early November. If you have not yet tried out this latest Fedora development release, in this Phoronix article is a brief look through the Red Hat sponsored Linux distribution.

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=16340

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    Over the last years I have been running Debian, Ubuntu, Archlinux, Fedora, openSUSE, GNOME, KDE, XFCE, ... all had advantages and disadvantages and I could never decide what to stay with.

    I am glad these "fights" are over for me as Ubuntu (with Unity) nowadays is far ahead of its competition and this advance gets stronger with every new release. If you just compare Ubuntu 11.04 with a daily build (Beta 1 coming out next week) of Ubuntu 11.10 and see all those drastic improvements that are now happening every six months...

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    The alpha has barely anything new in terms of gnome 3.2 stuff yet. Just wait, it should be in by F16 beta.

    http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/Gnome3.2

    BTW the screenshots are quite blurry. Must be an image compression thing.
    Last edited by leif81; 08-26-2011 at 05:05 PM.

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    Default second class citizens

    If you try running Fedora >= 15 in vmware, it's decidedly a "second class citizen" experience without gnome-shell

    I understand the support difficulties, but I have a hard time getting anything done in Fedora nowadays. There are too many obscure settings, hidden away inside programs that are not installed by default. I've spent quite a while poking and prodding at my Fedora installations to get them to the point where I can do rudimentary things like:

    - turn off the screen blanking
    - get left-click to work
    - turn on focus-follows-mouse
    - remove launchers from the task bar

    In older fedoras, I could do all of these things in a few seconds, without installing any extra programs or googling around. Now every install is a new adventure as I discover more and more functionality has been shuffled off into some obscure checkbox on a program that I have to install first.

    I really do wish that they had kept gnome-2 around as either a parallel install or an alternative install. I love the new kernels in fedora, but I resent being treated as a beta tester. I do think that gnome-3 is a step in the right direction, but it's clearly not done yet. I just want a stable desktop so I can do my work without aggravation. I've started using gentoo because I can use a new kernel and keep gnome-2. I've also tried both Centos 6 and SL 6 with a custom-compiled new kernel RPM, but many of the packages are too old for my requirements.

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    I like the wallpaper

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    Unlike Ubuntu, not much is going on within Fedora's package manager. The outdated version of the Phoronix Test Suite also appears to have been removed. If some packager is interested in updating the phoronix-test-suite Fedora package, that would be most appreciated. It would allow for easier benchmarking under Fedora and similar operating systems.
    How about package phoronix-test-suite with a cross-distro standard like Zero Install so you won't have to ever worry about that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by frantaylor View Post
    I really do wish that they had kept gnome-2 around as either a parallel install or an alternative install.
    They did. Its called "fallback mode".
    And no, you're not looking for gnome-2, you're looking for gnome-panel.

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    I installed the alpha on my laptop yesterday with no problems. I'm not a fedora user but the main difference I noticed, compared to my brief go on fedora 15, is it ran much faster and smoother. I found fedora 15 sluggish with open source graphics and catalyst drivers still have the annoying graphical glitches with gnome shell.

    I see gnome shell as having a lot of potential and look forward to watching it develop.

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