[in the news] First look: Fedora 15 arrives with GNOME 3.0 and systemd

Kara Schiltz kschiltz at redhat.com
Wed May 25 15:17:30 UTC 2011

Ars Technica

First look: Fedora 15 arrives with GNOME 3.0 and systemd
By Ryan Paul

The community of open source software developers behind the Fedora Linux 
distribution announced this week the release of version 15. The update 
brings an overhauled desktop user interface and a number of noteworthy 
architectural improvements under the hood.

Fedora is a community-driven Linux distribution that is sponsored by Red 
Hat. It is released twice a year on a six-month development cycle and 
typically ships with the latest cutting-edge Linux software. Fedora is 
known for riding ahead of the curve and is often the first Linux distro 
to introduce major new features. It also serves as an incubation space 
for emerging Red Hat technologies, particularly in areas like 
virtualization. It lacks the usability and robustness of some other 
distros, but its unique technical advantages and high commitment to open 
source ideology are appealing to system administrators, software 
developers, and software freedom advocates.

The most significant user-facing change in Fedora 15 is the inclusion of 
GNOME 3.0, a major update of the open source GNOME desktop environment. 
It brings a completely new desktop shell to Fedora that helps to 
modernize the user experience. The new shell is built with the Clutter 
toolkit and requires hardware-accelerated rendering in order to operate. 
Fedora fortunately does a pretty good job of handling it with open 
source drivers on many hardware configurations.

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