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Fedora 10 proves infrastructure matter

Nov 26, 2008, 22:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"The second time you boot into Fedora 10, when you are undistracted by the wizard, you should notice that the new release is significantly faster than previous ones, thanks largely to Plymouth, a new graphical boot loader. On my test system, Fedora 10 booted in just under 28 seconds, compared to 45 seconds for Fedora 9. Part of this improvement is due to the distro no longer stopping to display the bootloader or system messages.

"When you log in, you are greeted with Fedora 10's new Solar theme, which features a blue sun full of flares and sunspots on the right site of the screen, and a darker blue star field on the rest of the desktop. Solar is one of Fedora's more aesthetically pleasing default themes, but the beauty of the new release is more than cosmetic. Fedora 10 is the first release of any GNU/Linux distribution that has detected my test machine's sound card out of the box, as well as my laptop's webcam. Improved sound and webcam support were both priorities for this release, and, in my case at least, Fedora 10 delivers what it promises.

"In addition, the software selection is up-to-the-minute, with a 2.6.27 kernel, OpenOffice.org, Firefox 3.02, GIMP 2.6, and Empath 2.24. GNOME 2.24.1 is featured as a desktop, but you can also install KDE 4.1.2 or Xfce 4.4.3, as well as a variety of other window managers. A new choice in Fedora 10 is Sugar, the desktop for the One Laptop Per Child program, complete with artwork, calculator, terminal, and word processor."

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