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Fedora 12 boasts enhanced performance, improved reporting, better graphics

Nov 20, 2009, 11:03 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Downloading updates

"One complaint that many have had with Fedora in the past is the sheer volume of updates that are provided during a Fedora lifecycle. Almost every other day there are updates for security, bug fixes, and enhancements. Fedora 12 takes away some of this pain with a few changes:

* RPM packages are using XZ for compression, instead of gzip, which allows for smaller RPM packages. Smaller packages = smaller downloads = faster downloads.
* The presto plugin for yum that was optional in Fedora 11 is now enabled by default in Fedora 12. So when you do download a large number of updates, the amount you’re downloading will be considerably smaller because presto uses RPM deltas; the deltas only contain files that have changed, and not the entire archive. Typically this results in about 60-80% bandwidth savings, but with RPM now using XZ, it could result in even more (compared to a non-presto enabled Fedora 11, for example)."

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