Fedora 11 roars with potential
The Fedora team yesterday released latest version of its Linux operating system, Fedora 11. The much-anticipated release from the Red Hat-backed community team promises to be one of the best Linux releases to date with Fedora’s reputation for making Linux as easy as possible increasing with each new release.
On the desktop Fedora includes Gnome 2.26 and KDE 4.2 based on a 126.96.36.199 kernel. Underneath the team has decided to make ext4 the default filesystem.
With most operating systems targeting faster boot-up times Fedora is no exception and users can expect a 20 second boot up from the new release on most hardware.
Another feature in Fedora 11 aimed at improving usability include automatic font and mime-type installation using PackageKit. PackageKit was first introduced in Fedora 9 to manage software and in Fedora 10 it was able to automatically install codecs on demand. In Fedora 11 those capabilities have been improved and PackageKit can now automatically install fonts when needed for viewing and editing documents.
Fedora 11 also extends Fedora’s kernel modesetting (KMS) capabilities to improve graphical boot times. In previous releases KMS only supported some ATI cards. In Fedora 11 KMS now supports a range of additional cards including many from Intel and Nvidia as well as ATI.
In an effort to streamline software updates, Fedora 11 introduces Presto. Although not enabled by default in this release (it needs the yum-presto plugin) Presto reduces the amount of data that needs to be downloaded during software updates. Instead of replacing an entire package when it is updated Presto downloads just the differences between the old and new package, reducing downloads by up to 80% in some cases.