Ah, spring... when a young penguin's fancy lightly turns to
thoughts of... Beta testing! Yes, spring has sprung, and so has the
Beta release of Fedora 9!
The Beta release is the point at which we really want and need
the wider community's help with testing. Beta is a point of much
greater stability in Fedora's development branch, but some fixes
continue to occur to improve usability, performance, and stability.
This release is great for early adopters and Linux enthusiasts! The
Fedora 9 Beta boots on the majority of systems, and gives you an
idea of how the final Fedora 9 will look and feel. Most
importantly, we absolutely need community assistance to check
features and provide feedback and bug reports, to help ensure that
Fedora 9 is our best release ever.
Some highlights of Fedora 9 Beta:
GNOME 2.22, with new features like a helpful world time clock,
better file system performance, security improvements, power
management at the login screen, the ability to dynamically
configure displays, better Bluetooth integration, improved podcast
support, and many other enhancements
KDE 4.0.2, which includes a brand new desktop and panel with
many new concepts, integrated desktop search, a brand new visual
style called Oxygen, a new multimedia API called Phonon, and a new
hardware integration framework called Solid -- all integrated by
Fedora's KDE SIG
Firefox 3 Beta 5, featuring a native look and feel, desktop
integration, the new Places that replaces bookmarks, and a reworked
Support for resizing ext2, ext3 and NTFS partitions during
Support for creating and installing to encrypted
PackageKit, a cross-distribution package management solution
with a complete yum backend, designed to unify different
distributions' software management with the latest
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