A week ago, the Fedora Project released Fedora 9 into the world. Fedora 9 comes with GNOME 2.22, KDE 4.0.3, Xfce 4.2.2, PackageKit, Firefox 3.0 beta 5, a 2.6.25-based Linux kernel, and much more. As always, the intertubes have been flooded with reviews, so we figured we would summarise a few of them.Lifehacker takes a look at the ease with which you can make your Fedora 9 installation live on a USB thumb drive. You do not need Linux installed to do it (there is a Windows program), any files you already have on the drive will remain untouched, and any tweaks and settings you make will be saved for the next time you boot up. It takes three clicks to create such a system, and Lifehacker is enthusiastic about the whole concept.
Monkey_bites is also thrilled with the live USB concept, but also details another interesting improvement in Fedora 9: PackageKit. “Fedora 9 introduces a nice upgrade to PackageKit which allows you to treat all your updates the same whether they’re RPG, UM or Apt,” they state, “There’s also a new feature that detects when you’re missing a piece of software needed to open a file. PackageKit will pop up a window offering to install what you need (provided there’s a free software package available).”
Linux.com has a longer review, and they conclude:
Aside from the problems with PackageKit — and, to a lesser extent, the inclusion of KDE 4.0.3 — Fedora 9 manages to balance innovation with a high degree of usability. Over the last few months, Fedora has been increasingly compared favorably with Ubuntu on both accounts, and, to a large extent, it deserves this praise. If anything, it has probably exceeded Ubuntu in innovation, with at least a dozen major new ideas in every release. It is a rare release, too, in which Fedora’s menus and dialog do not show minor tinkering to fine-tune the user experience.