Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 11th Apr 2008 21:46 UTC, submitted by Rahul
Red Hat "The Fedora Project attracts a lot of interest from the Linux faithful. While there are perhaps more newbie-friendly, corporate-friendly, or special-interest-focused distributions, Fedora continues to wear the innovation hat. Fedora announced Fedora 9 Beta late last month, and Test Center reviewers replaced the current Fedora 8 install to see what the new version has to offer. Since Fedora 9 (Stirling) is still in beta, occasional bugs and some rough edges were inevitable. But there is a solid indication of the new things to come that makes the stable release, expected May 1, worth watching."
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first impressions and screenshot
by buff on Sat 12th Apr 2008 17:05 UTC
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2005-11-12

I downloaded Fedora 9 beta last night. Installed it as a clean install. Initially Anaconda, the Fedora installer, crashed when I selected to install on Linux partitions with encryption on. I disabled encryption.

Initially soundcard detection failed. I ran a yum update to get the latest rawhide changes and then soundcard detection worked. Pulseaudio appears to be working well. My external USB2 drives mounted correctly and appear on the desktop. I installed audacious music player and the mp3 libraries from Livna.

In terms of web browsing I ran into a lot of problems with swfdec, the open source Flash engine. It kept locking up Mozilla Seamonkey. I ended up removing swfdec and installing the Flash 9 RPM off of Adobe's site. To jazz up the theme a bit I installed the Murrine theme engine 'yum install gtk-murrine-engine'. First impression is pretty good but some rough areas still. Good for people that like to tweak. I would wait until the Final release if you are looking for a stable desktop ready to go. I have concerns that new users will be irritated with swfdec if it is installed as the default Flash engine.

Screenshot of the beta goodness:
http://markbokil.org/images/fedora-9-sulfur.png

Edited 2008-04-12 17:12 UTC

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