Fedora Core 6
Fedora Core 6 will be released in 2 weeks (11 october). I wanted to see what the new FC has to offer. The Fedora Core 6 Tour and the Fedora Core 6 Release Summary give some information about the upcoming FC release.
The video and slideshow on the Fedora Core 6 Tour page showed mainly the installation process, which hasn’t changed much. But I noticed they added, at least, 2 features. The first one is the ability to choose where you want to install from (cd, http, …), the other feature will let you add repositories during the installation.
I saw the first one somewhere on the video, but can’t find it anymore.
Watching the screenshots and video’s showed the new grub-bootscreen, login-screen and default background. It is now mainly black (a bit too dark, but that’s only my opinion) with the fedora logo on the right side. This time the logo is caught in a DNA string.
The performance of the package installation is improved and they added an applet which notifies you when new updates are available (This was already available in Ubuntu, it’s nice to have it now in FC).
The imap support in evolution is improved, maybe it’s time to take another look at evolution… if they also improved the calendering part.
They say something about AIGLX framework and compriz and Xorg7.1. I, at least, hope my laptop-screen can be shown on a beamer without any problems and can use dual head. I also hope the wobbly effect will be possible, but with the current specification I don’t know if it will be possible with a standard install.
The Virtual Machine Manager is also in the list of new packages. This seems a very nice tool to maintain Xen images. With this tool it is possible to install a virtual machine from a cd, it is also possible to whatch the screen through an embedded vnc-client. In the overview of you virtual machines you can see the resources used for every instance.
This is only a limited list of new features in Fedora. There are more items listed on the fedora wiki and I guess even that list won’t be complete. We just have to wait and see what has changed.