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Fedora 12 -- A 'Must Upgrade' and 'Strongly Consider' Distro

Jan 12, 2010, 17:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Ferrill)

"New and improved features for Fedora 12 fall into one of three categories: applications, installation and administration, and core OS improvements. The release notes have separate sections detailing changes for each audience such as desktop users, system administrators and developers.

"On the application front there have been a number of changes and additions to the standard set. The Palimpsest Disk Utility is a new tool with a slick user interface to help you with everything disk related. It provides graphical charts showing disk performance and health for SMART devices including the current operating temperature. Palimpsest also lets you mount foreign disk formats such as Windows NTFS volumes.

"Gnote has replaced Tomboy in Fedora 12 as the default note taking application. It removes the dependency on the Mono runtime stack. Empathy is the new default instant messaging client, replacing Pidgin and Theora 1.1 for video encoding / decoding. The NetworkManager tool has been enhanced to provide support for mobile broadband and Bluetooth PAN support for connecting to the Internet using your mobile phone."

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