This release features GNOME
2.20. GNOME now includes mail notification in the Evolution
mail client, the ability to fill in PDF forms in the Evince
document viewer, improved file management, a revamped Appearance
control panel applet, a revised help system, and many other enhancements.
Online Desktop provides a desktop experience designed around online
services. A preview of Online Desktop is provided via BigBoard, which is a
optional sidebar in GNOME.
KDE 3.5.8 is available in the KDE Live image as well as the regular
DVD. The KDE 4 (Beta) Development Environment is available in the
Xfce 4.4.1 is available as part of this release.
NetworkManager 0.7 provides improved wireless network management
support. It includes support for multiple devices and provides the
capability of system-wide configuration, among many other enhancements.
is now installed and enabled by default. PulseAudio is an advanced sound
server compatible with nearly all existing Linux sound systems. PulseAudio
allows for hot-switching audio outputs, individual volume controls for
each audio stream, networked audio, and more.
CodecBuddy is now included, and promotes free, superior quality, open
formats to end users trying to play multimedia content under patent
encumbered or proprietary formats.
Compiz Fusion, the compositing window manager that re-merges Compiz and
Beryl, is installed by default. To enable Compiz Fusion in GNOME, use the Xorg
work continues to enable Compiz
tool. Ongoing, long term
The completely free and open source Java environment called IcedTea is
installed by default. IcedTea is derived from OpenJDK, includes a browser
plugin based on GCJ, and is available for both x86 and x86_64
architectures. GCJ is still the default on PPC architecture.
OpenOffice.org 2.3, with many new
features, is available as part of Fedora 8.
Bluetooth devices and tools now have better graphical and system
Laptop users benefit from the "quirks" feature in HAL,
including better suspend/resume and multimedia keyboard support.
There is now improved power management thanks to both a tickless kernel
architectures, and a reduction in unnecessary processor wakeups via powertop.
This release of Fedora has a new look and feel, called Infinity,
from the Fedora Art team.
a fresh new GNOME theme created specially for Fedora, is available in this
A new online browser home page, http://start.fedoraproject.org,
appears in this release.
Fedora continues to improve its many proactive security
features, and FORTIFY_SOURCE has now been enhanced
to cover C++ in addition to C, which prevents many security exploits.
A brand new graphical firewall configuration tool, system-config-firewall,
This release offers Kiosk
functionality via SELinux, among many new enhancements and security policy
The glibc package in Fedora 8 now has support
for passwords using SHA256 and SHA512 hashing. Before only DES and MD5
were available. The tools to create passwords have not been extended yet,
but if such passwords are created in others ways, glibc
will recognize and honor them.
Secure remote management capability is now provided for Xen, KVM, and
QEMU in Fedora 8 virtualization.
Eclipse 3.3 (Europa), a new release of the acclaimed development
platform, is available as part of this release.
In this release, the performance of
and Pup have been
The Add/Remove Programs
tool, pirut, introduces a new graphical
interface for managing software repositories. Use
enable/disable any of the installed software repositories.
Live installations are faster and require a smaller root filesystem.
The file system layout has also changed somewhat. System files for the
Live images are now under
LiveOS/, and a new
README file has been provided as a short
introduction to the live image.
provides a web-based translation interface to allow users to contribute
translation work for Fedora hosted projects as well as being able to
provide translations to upstream directly to any upstream project.
Integration of unique build IDs into Fedora's software building
infrastructure now provides enhanced debugging capabilities and core
Fedora now offers easier rebranding of Fedora derivatives via a generic-logos
software package. Changes in Fedora's mirror structure also make creation
of derivatives easier.
pam_console module usage has been
removed in favor of access control via HAL, which modernizes the desktop.
Fedora 8 features a 2.6.23 based kernel.