"If you’re called Beefy Miracle, you better pack a punch. And when the
Fedora crew christened their next Linux desktop, that was certainly the
"On the menu was 'over and under the bun improvements that show off the
power and flexibility of the advancing state of free software.'
"While Fedora 17 is certainly beefy, what's been delivered with this
first and only beta is not particularly miraculous.
"Among the more noticeable changes is GNOME 3.4, the latest version of
the GNOME 3 desktop. While the Fedora DVD still ships with a variety of
desktops, the live CD defaults to GNOME and for some time now Fedora has
served as a showcase for the development of GNOME 3."
Apr 18, 2012 9:48 pm Fedora Linux 17 Reaches Beta with Six Key Updates
By Katherine Noyes , PCWorld
The Fedora Project on Tuesday announced that the next version of its namesake Linux distribution --Fedora 17, also known as “Beefy Miracle”--has now entered beta testing.
“The Beta release is the last important milestone of Fedora 17,” wrote release engineer Dennis Gilmore in the official announcement . “Only critical bug fixes will be pushed as updates leading to the general release of Fedora 17 in May.”
As a beta release, it's not intended for production purposes, of course. Nevertheless, the Fedora 17 beta can be downloaded for free from the Fedora Project site . The final release of the software is due on May 22 .
Red Hat, Inc.
"Coming up with the Fedora codenames via contributor suggestions has
generally been an interesting but odd event with a colorful selection of
possible codenames each cycle. With Fedora 17 it's been arguably the
oddest codename with the "Beefy Miracle" title; heck, even Ubuntu
developers like it. While many see the Fedora codenames as just good
fun, some Fedora users have grown concerned about the names."
At Linux.com, Joe Brockmeier reviews GNOME 3.4 running on Fedora 17 alpha:
"So the big question for GNOME 3.4 is... are we there yet? Different
people will define 'there' differently, but I define 'there' as 'a
welcome desktop environment for users who liked and used GNOME 2.x.'
I think the answer is yes, but only with a bit of tweaking. If choosing
a desktop for myself, I'd probably opt for the Cinnamon fork of GNOME
3.x for now. But I wouldn't be hesitant to put GNOME 3.4 on a desktop
for a friend or family member at this point."