Fedora 8 released

Posted on Thursday, Nov 08 2007 @ 19:48 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
A new version of the Fedora operating system has been released today. Version 8 features GNOME 2.2.0, Compiz Fusion and the new Infinity look.

Here's a look at all the new features:
  • 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 repository.

  • 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.

  • PulseAudio 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 SystemPreferencesDesktop Effects tool. Ongoing, long term Xorg work continues to enable Compiz by default.

  • 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 integration.

  • 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 in x86 and x86_64 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.

  • Nodoka, a fresh new GNOME theme created specially for Fedora, is available in this release.

  • 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, replaces system-config-securitylevel.

  • This release offers Kiosk functionality via SELinux, among many new enhancements and security policy changes.

  • 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 yum, Pirut, and Pup have been significantly improved.

  • The Add/Remove Programs tool, pirut, introduces a new graphical interface for managing software repositories. Use EditRepositories to 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.

  • Transifex 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 dumps.

  • 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.

  • The 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.

  • You can download the operating system over here.

    About the Author

    Thomas De Maesschalck

    Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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