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Twelve to twelve

Well, it’s official – twelve more days remain until the November 17 release of Fedora 12 (Constantine).  I, for one, can hardly wait – Fedora 11 has been rock-solid for me so far (under Gnome, anyways – but I’ll leave that subject alone) and I can only imagine that Fedora 12 is going to bring more of the same my way.

Among some of the more notable changes being made that caught my interest:

  • Gnome 2.28 – the current version bundled into my Fedora 11 distribution, 2.26.3, has been nothing but amazing.  Unflinchingly stable, fast, and reliable – it’s everything I want in a desktop environment.
  • Better webcam support – not sure how this can get any better from my perspective since my LG P300’s built-in webcam worked straight out of the box on Fedora 11, but I’m interested to see exactly what they bring to the table here
  • Better IPv6 support – since our router does actively support this protocol, it’s nice to see Fedora taking charge and always improving the standard
  • Better power management – for me, this is a major headache under Gnome (I know, I know…) since it really doesn’t let me customize anything as much as I would like to.   Among other things, it’s supposed to offer better support for wake-from-disk and wake-from-RAM.  We’ll see.

I’m sure that Tyler and I will keep you posted as the due date gets closer, and especially once we’ve done the upgrade itself!

  1. Dana H
    November 6th, 2009 at 09:08 | #1

    Thanks to all the nice people who have been Digging this article up. Nice to see there’s some other excitement revolving around Constantine – feel free to comment on here or on Digg as well if you’re interested!

  2. November 12th, 2009 at 05:57 | #2

    I left Fedora because either with frickeling around I could not get my mobile internet stick to work. On Ubuntu it was plug-and-play.

  3. Tyler B
    November 14th, 2009 at 18:40 | #3

    Fedora is both a blessing and a curse.

    On one hand it supports cutting edge tech that even some Ubuntu-ish distros (I’m looking at you Linux Mint) are lacking. This difference can have a serious impact on usability. Take Sasha’s experience as an example; we are running the exact same hardware and there are still compatibility problems that Sasha has that I simply don’t while running Fedora.

    On the other hand, due to the cutting edge tech, Fedora seems to be far less stable/supported. By that I don’t mean to imply that the Fedora community isn’t great (for the most part they really are), but rather that there are still some kinks to work out. Just take a look at Dana’s and my constant graphics issues. In comparison to Sasha’s experience, simply requiring a button press to enable the correct graphics driver, ours have been horrendous.

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