A lot of blog posts about Fedora 12 recently. It’s been a while since I last tried Fedora, so I thought I’d try it out and post some of my thoughts.
- Sweet KMS enabled boot screen – very nice
- Yum is fast enough to be usable (but maybe that’s because of my quad core now?)
- Custom icons for Documents/Downloads/Music/Videos etc
- Installer re-assigned ownership attributes for old home directory. Very handy.
- Clearlooks is the default theme (not Nodoka)
- Control Center (Preferences) menu is no longer grouped by categories
- Notifications (what is that horrible massive black square on my screen)
- Package manager UI (often just too confusing, too animated, or too awkward)
- Bluetooth keyboard didn’t work in the final setup screens (setting up username etc…)
- Every other folder in Nautilus tells me I can share it using Personal File Sharing (well, at least $HOME and $HOME/Downloads – why would I want to share $HOME and why do I have to see this notice all the time?)
- Doesn’t remember my preferred language (en_GB)
All in all, looking good apart from the few niggles I’m sure will be fixed before release. If anyone knows whether there is a meta-package to install enough packages to allow GNOME development (e.g. including gcc, intltool, libtool, gtk-doc, etc), that would be awesome.
Update: I just found sudo yum install @gnome-devel @development-tools via the Jhbuild page. It’s a start, but doesn’t include everything needed to build GTK+ for example. Shame the package manager UI doesn’t make this more obvious.
Unfortunately, I’m not going to file bugs just yet, because these are just my first impressions, and I’m not yet a Fedora user!