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Fedora 18 - MATE Desktop
New in this release, Fedora includes support for the MATE desktop. For those who are not fond of Gnome 3, MATE offers a traditional Gnome 2-style desktop, with upper and/or lower panels, menus, desktop icons and a variety of associated applications.
MATE is not included in the base distribution, to get it you have to run the command "yum install @mate" (as root, of course). It would be nice if there were a meta-target in the Software Install utility, but if there is, I haven't figured it out yet.
After installing MATE, the next time you log in you will see a new "Session..." button on the password entry screen. Click that, and you can choose between the Gnome and MATE desktops. MATE has come a long way, and for my purposes I can no longer distinguish between it and the actual Gnome 2 desktop.
Fedora 18 - KDE Destop
Fedora also offers a KDE (version 4.9.4) distribution. This is not just a KDE desktop built on top of the Gnome distribution, it is a separate distribution built with KDE utilities and applications. Some of the notable differences:
- Konqueror browser (instead of Firefox)
- Calligra Words, Sheet and Stage (instead of LibreOffice)
- Gwenview (instead of Eye of Gnome)
- digiKam (optional, instead of Shotwell)
- Amarok audio player (instead of Rhythmbox)
- Dragon Player (instead of Totem)
Of course, if you prefer Firefox, LibreOffice or whatever, you can still go to the Software Management utility, search and select the version you prefer, and install it on Fedora KDE. There are a variety of other application differences, and of course all of the standard utilities such as the file manager, CD/DVD disk burner are KDE-specific rather than their Gnome equivalents.
Fedora 18 - KDE Netbook Desktop
I can't let a new release with KDE go by without plugging my favorite netbook desktop - KDE netbook.
This is included in the standard KDE distribution, all you have to do is select it in "System Settings/Workspace Behavior". It changes the desktop into the multi-sectioned layout shown above, with a top panel (which auto-hides when an application is started), a quick launch area, a search bar, and an application/utility menu area. It just keeps getting better with every new KDE release.