"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 18.104.22.168, 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."