Fedora 10 ReleasedNov 25, 2008, 17:47 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The first thing you'll notice is the vast increase in bootup speed thanks to the implementation of Plymouth - the replacement for the ageing and increasingly fragile RHGB. Along with the improvement in speed, the general look and feel of the initial boot process feels a lot smoother thanks to work done to minimise all the different handovers between the BIOS, GRUB, RHGB and finally a smooth fade into the GDM login screen. Whilst not complete for all graphics chipsets (you get the best effect from Radeon-based cards) it's certainly a big step in the right direction and helps Fedora move ahead in boot up times. We appreciate that this isn't going to be particularly significant for the server market, but certainly it will make a difference for laptop and desktop users who shutdown after each use. Also of note is the beautiful animation scheme that Plymouth delivers; not just content with a simple status bar moving across the screen, you instead get the Solar animation - reminiscent of a blue sun with solar flares. If Mark Shuttleworth's 'Pretty is a Feature' is anything to by, then Fedora has just run up and tweaked his nose quite severely!"
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