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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RE: Belated beta review?
by Doc Pain on Sun 13th Apr 2008 00:40 UTC in reply to "Belated beta review?"
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Because my Philips old-school 4:3 CRT monitor wasn't recognised, X now defaults to widescreen resolution for unknown monitors and doesn't put Mode lines in xorg.conf either (so, yep, the only way to get the 1280x1024 res I wanted was to hand-edit xorg.conf and put Mode lines in, ho hum). Even after I got the res sorted, the screen was shifted well to the left at 1280x1024 - at this point, I gave up and booted back into F8.

Maybe this problem is related to I had similar experiences trying to get my 21" Eizo CRT running at 1400x1050 which worked without problems in XFree86 (no joke), but allows only 1152x864 (or was it 768? the geometry looked weird), and I can under no circumstances (even adding proven modelines doesn't help) get this mode again. I rewrote xorg.conf and even forced modes, but this didn't seem to impress the X server.

Sometimes it's hard to believe that new software does fail at simple tasks that older software did flawlessly out of the box.

Didn't like the "faces" GDM login default either - I'd rather type a username in (probably an easily hackable pref, but it's a definite change for all previous GDM login defaults in every version of RH/Fedora I can ever remember).

I think its possible to replace gdm by xdm or wdm and keep using Gnome.

Also hated that GNOME Terminal no longer lets you set the cursor blink to off (a GNOME 2.22 "innovation") - the setting is now global and buried in the Keyboard prefs! Madness from the GNOME devs there - terminal cursors shouldn't blink and also be forced to blink (or not blink) the same way as text carets in completely different apps!

Wow, that's really strange. I always thought non-blinking cursors would be the default (like they are in classical xterms) for terminal emulators...

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