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Fedora 11 roars with potential

By   |  June 10, 2009

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 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.

The release notes include detailed information on the changes included in Fedora 11. A full list of features included in Fedora 11 is also available. Downloads of Fedora 10 can be found here.


3 Responses to “Fedora 11 roars with potential”

  1. TiPaul
    June 10th, 2009 @ 2:43 pm

    I had 2 bad experience at instaling Fedora11 yesterday from the official live-cd (gnome) :

    1) At Work, i have /dev/sda1 through 10 (5 Linux distro already installed), when trying installing Fedora11 on a partition located in the middle of the bunch, it’s installer reported that the whole disk needed to be initialized (lost everything on it). I couldn’t got it installed, even with text mode in console. If i try Ubuntu or OpenSuse, no problemo…

    2) At Home, as always, i wanted to create a single partition (/) over my Ubuntu 9.04. Installer never allowed me because i needed ext4 for it to copy file system to it and couldn’t boot from ext4 (only ext3). I had to let it create both /boot(ext3) and /(ext4) partition to continue the install. Afterward, for a “standard” desktop user, i tried installing all multimedia compatibility stuff (codecs, dvd read, etc) plus nvidia drivers following the FedoraGuide site. Almost everything went wrong : nvidia not working, dvd recognized but not playing. etc..

    Finally, i changed to the simplest form of installation : Linux Mint (Ubuntu with all multimedia functionality and proprietary driver support out of the box).

    Linux advocate since 1998.
    Paul Ladouceur

    PS: Tried investigating different Fedora11 install documentation to see if official live-cd installation had some kown bugs, but no report of it!!??

  2. Fernando
    June 13th, 2009 @ 6:43 am

    Paul: your experience is surprising to say the least and hasn’t matched my superb install of Fedora 11 on two different systems yesterday. Works like a charm here.

  3. sundar_ima
    June 22nd, 2009 @ 4:46 pm

    @ Paul
    At least you are able to boot up and see the desktop. Impressed with their new features i downloaded latest copy on the release day. But i am not able to see desktop till now via live CD (Kde and Gnome). But the same CD works fine with all my friend laptop. I had work around in the forum too but all in vain.It is really disappointing that i am really missing such a wonderful distro.

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