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Fedora 9 leaked

Fedora 9 leaked

Fedora 9 ships with the new KDE 4 desktop environment as standard, with support for Vista-like widgets.

The next version of the Fedora Linux distribution, Fedora 9 “Sulphur”, has been leaked into the public domain due to a misconfiguration in one of the European download mirrors.

“mcduck”, a member of the Linux-Noob forums, has posted a series of screenshots detailing the installation of the latest iteration of the popular distribution ahead of the official release tomorrow.

One of the first things that stands out from the screenshots is the choice of the new KDE 4 desktop environment. While the new environment offers plenty of enhancements over older versions some distros have shied away from making it the default option due to compatibility worries, with the latest version of Kubuntu shipping with KDE 3.5.9 in the standard release. Despite the reticence of some other distributions, it's clear that the Fedora team believe KDE 4 is ready for release.

Fedora 9 also introduces support in the installation process for the creation of an encrypted system partition, to keep your private data private. The encryption is functionally similar to the BitLocker system provided with Windows Vista Ultimate, although having the source code available should prevent Fedora 9's encryption attracting the rumours of 'back doors' that the Microsoft equivalent enjoys from the paranoiacs.

The new release also ships with Firefox 3 Beta 5 as the default web browser. While shipping a beta package with a 'final release' OS may seem a trifle strange, it's common for each release of a distribution to 'lock-in' major revisions of included packages; thus if Firefox 2 were shipped instead, Firefox 3 wouldn't get a look-in until Fedora 10.

Fedora 9 will introduce improved support for Bluetooth modules, support for the new ext4 file system, enhanced networking support for mobile broadband adaptors, and better support for running virtual operating systems as guests on top of Fedora.

With the official release due tomorrow, it's clear that there's plenty for fans of the Fedora distribution to look forward to. To grab the official download, keep checking the website over the next few days.

Any Linux users here looking forward to Fedora 9 being released, or do you have your own favourite distribution? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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Glider 12th May 2008, 09:46 Quote
Time to be a pedantic git, CryptFS isn't an invention by the Fedora Developers.

I for one will stay with my Gentoo system, it's the ultimate balance between ease and configurablility. I stared on a (then) Redhat system, which existed for about a week on my desktop. Wasn't my thing, and I doubt that has changed. However with every new release of these mainstream distros Windows gets surpassed every time. And I really mean surpassed. The OSS community are at a point at which the features and ease their OS offers is much past that of Windows (eg. package management), however the industry (games) doesn't know or realise it... And the Users, as always, resist to changes...
Gareth Halfacree 12th May 2008, 10:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by Glider
Time to be a pedantic git, CryptFS isn't an invention by the Fedora Developers.
I didn't say it was. Very little of the stuff that goes into a Linux distribution is actually developed by the people with their name on the splash screen. GNOME, KDE, X11, bash, Firefox, ext3/4, OpenOffice.org, CryptFS - these are all packages developed by third parties that get added to individual distros.
TomH 12th May 2008, 12:28 Quote
On another note, does anyone else find it a little funny to hear about Linux distros being 'leaked'? No? Ok, just me then. :D
Dreaming 12th May 2008, 12:52 Quote
KDE4 looks pretty!

I can't wait until Linux becomes a viable alternative for heavy gamers!
Shielder 12th May 2008, 13:59 Quote
Tom, I almost posted something like that, but decided not to. Particularly since I've been using Fedora 9 for nearly 2 months...

I think the only leak that there has been was the fact that the actual release version of F9 appeareed on the mirror server a day or two early.

I have to say, I used to be a Gnome fan (comes from the RH8 experience I had), but KDE 4 is absolutely brilliant. It looks good and the tools that come with it are excellent. KDS 4.1 will be available for Windows too. Guess what is going to be installed on my Windows system when it is out...

Andy
steveo_mcg 12th May 2008, 14:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by Shielder
...Guess what is going to be installed on my Windows system when it is out...

Andy

Fluxbox? :D
Cthippo 12th May 2008, 18:54 Quote
"Firefox 3 wouldn't get a look-in until Fedora 10".

Based on the precious sentance, I think you mean "lock-in"

Personally, I'm happy with Ubuntu, but every new release brings us that much closer to world domination!
Gareth Halfacree 12th May 2008, 20:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cthippo
"Firefox 3 wouldn't get a look-in until Fedora 10".
Based on the precious sentance, I think you mean "lock-in"
No, I mean "look-in". As in: "Firefox 3 wouldn't be made available in the Fedora repositories until Fedora 10, unless the beta is supplied now with Fedora 9."
sam.g.taylor 12th May 2008, 22:29 Quote
You know, if the used laptop I've just bought hadn't come with XP Pro installed, I really would have gone with this... especially with KDE 4 - that looks great!

But alas, I still can't let go of Windows.
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