After suffering a few delays, Fedora 17 is being officially released within the next few hours. Until then, here's some information to get caught up on this first Fedora Linux release of 2012.
- Fedora 17 has set a trend for Fedora releases now of having quirky codenames. Succeeding the Beefy Miracle release later in the year is Spherical Cow. The Beefy Miracle codename led Ubuntu's Jono Bacon to dress up as a hot dog and to serving Fedora hot dogs with openSUSE beer at LinuxTag Berlin.
- GNOME Shell over LLVMpipe will be used in Fedora 17 when there is no GPU driver support, rather than falling back to a GNOME classic environment.
- There's new multi-touch support and other features for this new release.
- A whole lot of new packages are found in F17 like the new GIMP, updated desktops, GCC 4.7, and other features.
- Fedora has moved to a unified file-system.
- This release failed to have Btrfs by default but they will try again for Fedora 18.
- The multi-seat capabilities are really great.
Plus other meaty features to go with the Beefy Miracle.
Another Phoronix article will come when Fedora 17 is officially announced. Benchmarks of Fedora 17 will come beginning next week when I'm back to my office in America. For occupying some time while waiting for the release, below are some more photos from LinuxTag 2012 last weekend at the Berlin Messe. These are photos that were sent in by the Phoronix reader Haldor "Adarion" Zaake-Hertling.
VIA Unichrome driver, one of the RadeonHD driver developers, and former SUSE employee. Now he's employed by Codethink where he works on the open-source ARM Mali driver reverse-engineering, an Android compositor and other work for Intel, and various other projects.
all the drinks in Oslo.