The release of Fedora 11 was recently pushed back by a week and then another week to June 9th due to some blocker bugs still being open. The new release date however is still just around the corner so I’ve decided to look at what is coming in Fedora 11.
What’s New in Fedora 11
- Gnome 2.26
- Firefox 3.5 (currently at beta 4) which introduces HTML5 <video> and <audio> tags an a Private Browsing Mode (aka Porn Browsing Mode)
- ext4 is now the default filesystem when installing a new Fedora 11 install
- Improved fingerprint reader experience with a improved detection and a GUI configuration tool (authconfig)
- gcc 4.4
- faster boot up times with the goal being a 20 second startup
- upgraded rpm to 4.7 for performance improvements
- OpenChange introduce for native Microsoft Exchange integration
- Xserver 1.6 which brings with it improved performance, stability and RANDR 1.3 support
- improved graphical drivers including
- kernel modeseting in Intel drivers for graphical bootup sequence
- new default NVidia drivers (nouveau) which supports more cards, has performance improvements over the current nv drivers and supports RANDR 1.2
- improved ATI/AMD Radeon drivers allowing r100/r200 based cards to work with modesetting and DRI2
Try it out
I decided to install a Fedora 11 Preview copy in a VMWare Workstation virtual machine to see first hand what changes were in store. After booting off of the Live CD and clicking on Install to Hard Drive, the install process went very smoothly. Installation seems faster than previous versions as well though I did select more packages on my previous Fedora 10 install.
Here is a screenshot of F11 in action:
More info and reviews
For additional information there are podcasts including an interview with Fedora’s release manager Jesse Keating and Spot Callaway discussing the upcoming Fedora 11 features available at https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/F11_release_podcasts. Another interview with Richard Hughes on the improvements to PackageKit are available at : http://marilyn.frields.org:8080/~paul/wordpress/?p=1637
If you would rather see than hear about Fedora 11, there is also a screenshot tour of Fedora 11 available at: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Fedora_11_Screenshot_Tour.