Monday, June 1, 2009

Fedora 11- Leonidas : What is New in it ? A Simple Review

Lightning Boot Speed

Fedora aims to startup or Getting login screen (GNOME) in 20 seconds or less. It is achived by using kernel mode setting (KMS). Probably it will beat Ubuntu 9.04.

Automatic Font and Mime Installer

It is a good feature for beginners, It will help users to automatically install applications, fonts, multimedia codecs and clipart in just a few clicks. If you try to play an unsupported media file, open an unknown file, or use fonts that are not suitable it will give a pop up window. This s achived by using Enhancements to the PackageKit cross-distribution package manager,

Flexible and Easy-to-use Volume Control
To make volume control more user-friendly, Fedora 11 will introduce a revised volume control and sound user interfaces.

Significant RPM Update

RPM 4.7 has very much improved over its previous version in terms of performance. Memory consumption has been reduced a lot. A test-case of "everything install" of Fedora 10 used to top at near 1.5GB memory consumption, now the peak with the same package set is just over 300MB.

Improved Power Management
Laptop and netbook users will have a good reason to use Fedora 11 since the developers are working hard on saving battery power consumption. With the use of new measuring tools, they were able to locate power hungry applications that led to tuned daemon, which can automatically set the power saving levels.

Use of the new EXT4 filesystem as the default

Cross-compiling Windows
Support for cross-compiling Windows applications directly on Fedora using the MinGW environment

Additional new features are said to include a new "Archer" Gdb development branch for C++ and Python, an automatic bug-reporting tool, and improved support for fingerprint readers. Application updates include Gnome 2.26, KDE 4.2, Xfce 4.6, GCC 4.4, NetBeans IDE 6.5, Python 2.6, Thunderbird 3, and Firefox 3.1.

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