"The next version of Fedora will be the first major Linux distribution
to use the radically updated GNOME as its default desktop interface."
"Up until now Fedora used SysVinit and Upstart, but the new version uses
systemd, which is faster and more sophisticated. It can load programs
and services in parallel as the computer boots up, taking advantage of
the multiple cores in today's server processors.
Systemd can also stagger the startup of some programs until they are
required, which can quicken boot time even further. For instance, "it
will not start a Web server until the first request comes along," Smith
With Firefox 4 as the default web browser in Fedora 15, users will now
be able to access a wide variety of content in YouTube without any need
for a third party plugin or patent encumbered codecs
"To that end, all new videos uploaded to YouTube are now transcoded into
WebM. WebM is an open media file format for video and audio on the web.
Its openness allows anyone to improve the format and its integrations,
resulting in a better experience for you in the long-term. As we work to
transcode more videos into WebM, we hope to reduce the technical
incompatibilities that prevent you from accessing video while improving
the overall online video landscape.
Transcoding all new video uploads into WebM is an important first step,
and we’re also working to transcode our entire video catalog to WebM."
GNOME-3 leader for desktop Linux?
"Fedora 15 has slipped into its new GNOME 3 dress with aplomb. If you
don't like GNOME 3 that's one thing, but it's hard to fault Fedora's
integration of it.
GNOME 3 may be the biggest news in this beta, but Fedora 15 does manages
to slip in another major change. Fedora 15 now uses systemd as the
default system and session manager. Systemd was in Fedora 14, but not
enabled by default. The result of the completed transition will be
faster boot and shutdown times, especially on SSDs."
"While Fedora 15 is definitely still a beta and not recommended for
everyday use, it's leaps and bounds beyond Ubuntu's first beta release.
If you want to test out GNOME 3, the Fedora 15 beta makes an excellent
way to use it"
"The first thing you should do is make sure that you are not just
reacting against the fact that you are facing a new desktop. The fact
that many people – the exact percentage is uncertain -- like or tolerate
GNOME 3 should be proof enough that you should be wary of snap
judgments. Persist with GNOME 3 for a week, and you may find it more
endurable than you originally imagined, especially if you learn how to
change the default settings.
But if you are determined to avoid GNOME 3, what are the odds that you
will find something to your liking? Probably, you will have to endure
some differences. But assuming what you want is a desktop that resembles
GNOME 2 as closely as possible, here are some possibilities to consider"
"The beta for Fedora 15, announced on Tuesday and codenamed Lovelock,
becomes the first major Linux distro to include GNOME 3, which was
released earlier this month. Fedora 15 will jettison GNOME 2.
GNOME 3 is a major departure from the existing interface: it cleans up
the interface and makes it easier to find and fire up applications
through juicy new icons."
"Fedora 15 will be the first major Linux distribution to include GNOME
3, which was released two weeks ago. Fedora 15 will not include GNOME 2;
the KDE Plasma Desktop will be a member of the 4.6 series. The Fedora
Project has also undertaken a major behind the scenes change, so that
Fedora 15 will see a switch from Upstart to the sysvinit and Upstart
alternative systemd, which was first introduced just under a year ago.
The kernel in the beta is based on Linux version 2.6.38. LibreOffice
will fill the office suite shoes and the C and C++-Compiler will be the
GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) 4.6."