Fedora 9 ships, openSuse 11 due June 19

Fedora 9 ships, openSuse 11 due June 19

Summary: Red Hat's Fedora project yesterday quietly released version 9, an upgrade of its open source Linux operating system with support for live USB bootup, OpenJDK6 , KDE 4 and the ext4 file system.Fedora 9, code-named Sulphur, was developed by more than 2,000 volunteer developers, said Paul Frields, Fedora's recently-appointed project leader.

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Red Hat's Fedora project yesterday quietly released version 9, an upgrade of its open source Linux operating system with support for live USB bootup, OpenJDK6 , KDE 4 and the ext4 file system.

Fedora 9, code-named Sulphur, was developed by more than 2,000 volunteer developers, said Paul Frields, Fedora's recently-appointed project leader.

Version 9 offers a variety of aesthetic and functional improvements, ranging from a "surgery free facelift" to live USB with persistence, which turns any USB key into a bootable, portable Fedora OS users can take anywhere and use on any system that boots with USB.

Fedora 9, like the recently released Ubuntu 8.04, is one of the first Linux operating systems to incorporate Mozilla's Firefox 3 (beta 5) browser and Sun's OpenJDK6, an open source implementation of Java SDK Standard Edition. Fedora 8 implemented Red Hat's IcedTea openJDK.

Fedora 9 incorporates an enhanced Anaconda Installer and another feature called PackageKit that simplifies management of patches and updates and integrates with existing package management systems. It also offers on-demand installation of features.

Fedora 9 is also, project leaders claim, the first Linux OS to fully implemnt the KDE 4 desktop as well as Gnome 2.22. 

 KDE 4 features a redesigned desktop and panel, new visual look, integrated desktop search, multimedia API and hardware integration framework.

Although some Linux distributions use Gnome as the primary open source desktop, KDE continues to receive support from Red Hat's Fedora project, Novell-sponsored openSUSE and others.

OpenSUSE 11, which is now in beta testing and due to ship on June 19, also offers KDE 4 and GNOME 2.22. It will also offer a one CD install, enhanced updating stack and a slimmed down installation.

Fedora 9 also offers an improved NetworkManager with better support for static IP addressing, mobile broadband  and multiple connections and connection sharing. The Fedora project said more than 2 million copies of Fedora 8 have been downloaded.

Topics: Linux, Open Source, Operating Systems, Software

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    Been testing OpenSuSE 11.0 beta... looking good so far! ]:)
    Linux User 147560
  • RE: Fedora 9 ships, openSuse 11 due June 19

    I like how it was quietly released. They obviously don't want anyone to use linux. That is fine by me, in fact I'll take it one step further and suggest they don't release any more linux distros.
    Loverock Davidson
    • Quiet?

      I guess you're deaf then. It seems that an awful lot of people are both aware of its release and are downloading it.
      zkiwi
    • They just don't want you to use it.

      As a matter of fact they are glad you don't and praying you won't. Those who like real IT skills such as yourself are better served by Windows.
      bjbrock
      • Correction:

        "Those who like real IT skills such as yourself[i], and have customers with REALLY deep pockets who could care less about real value for their money,[/i] are better served by Windows."

        Doesn't that work better? And isn't it more correct?
        OButterball
        • Additionally

          "Those who [i]lack[/i] real IT skills such as yourself, and have customers with [u]really[/u] deep pockets who [i]couldn't[/i] care less about real value for their money, are better served by Windows."
          odubtaig
  • RE: Fedora 9 ships, openSuse 11 due June 19

    Because your so intelligent and read the article I'm sure this line stands out to you...

    [i]Red Hat?s Fedora project yesterday [b]quietly[/b] released version 9[/i]
    Loverock Davidson
    • If that was quiet, I don't want to know what loudly sounds like (nt)

      [b][/b]
      zkiwi
      • Don't worry

        With linux you won't ever hear them make a loud announcement about their shoddy distros. The only thing loud would be a bunch of linux fanboys trying to bash anything that isn't linux.
        Loverock Davidson
        • So, "quiet," in Lovey's dictionary, is ...

          ... announcing that the product exists --- and touting its features --- YEARS before it actually ships. And when it actually DOES ship, most of the real improvements have been taken out in favor of worthless eye candy, outrageous hardware requirements, super-elevated pricing and incompatibilities with "ancient" peripherals all of six-months-old.

          Yeah, you bet, Rockhead. I suppose your definition of "shill" makes it somehow a PROUD appellation, eh?

          *chuckle*
          OButterball
          • Well, you know what a quiet Linux release is.

            It's the sound of silence after the download servers overload for the third day running and all you get us a 501.

            Damn Ubuntu.
            odubtaig
  • Oh...Firefox Beta huh?

    I wonder what the AntiBuntu crowd is saying about Fedora releasing a beta browser.
    storm14k
    • It's Fedora.

      They like to play with fire, although still not as much as they did with Fedora Core 2.
      odubtaig
  • RE: Fedora 9 ships, openSuse 11 due June 19

    Makes me wonder...if Fedora 9 is supposed to be so stable, why didn't they extend that to non-beta software?
    alphawiz
  • RE: Fedora 9 ships, openSuse 11 due June 19

    I tried the kde flavour of fedora 9. I managed to get my hp printer/scanner working. I couldn't find a way to customize the desktop. The right click menu seemed like a stripped down imitation of something useful. I yanked the drive and put KUbuntu back in. The install disks then got pitched.
    oldchas