As you already know, Fedora 13 is out! 😛 This time I decided to care a little more about what I do and what I don’t like after a fresh installation and write them down. Today was the first day that I was experiencing Fedora 13 (while I’ve checked Fedora 13 Beta and Test candidate briefly), so the list is not so long. Also, I do not talk about features which are highlighted enough in other places like Fedora 13 Feature List.
I really liked the look and feel of the installer. Like always, I should deselect the “system clock uses UTC” option during the installation. I think almost everybody using a dual boot system is forced to do it, as I always recommend everybody to do so; because I’ve seen frequently that some new users are wondering why their clock is screwed when they switch between Windows and Fedora. Now, I’m thinking if I should report it as a bug…
Another change is in the initial package selection page where you can select only one category rather than selecting multiple categories. I usually need office applications, internet applications and certainly the development applications. So I decided to go with the Software Development selection. Surprisingly in the package selection customization page I saw that many sections are not selected (e.g. Office), I wonder if they are brought in by a dependency but it’s not nice too come up with a system without any office or multimedia applications installed.
And as always, fedora eclipse is not selected by default too (so you won’t get any IDEs if you do not opt to customize package set). I don’t like it at all!
The final note about the installer: finally it correctly recognized my Windows partition rather than my recovery partition 😛
* Art work: I really like the new artwork! While there is still a long way to go…
* Package Management:
PackageKit now disables a repo if it cannot access it rather than trying to connect to it forever or just stopping with an error message. It seems that it is going to become a real option for me! However, if you are offline right after installation, you can’t get the list of installed packages at all (because the package manager does not have the group data). I would expect to see all installed packages in the “Others” group, but there were no success. The only way I could get some info was by doing a search. Maybe a search with blank string would result in the complete list of installed packages, but I didn’t try that.Another problem is that if you change your gnome’s proxy settings, you should logoff and loggin so that the package manager will use the new settings. The user doesn’t care about backend/frontend stuff, it is not reasonable to be forced to do a logoff/login just because of a change in proxy settings…
* KDevelop 4:
One of the great things which have landed on time in Fedora 13 was the release of the first version of KDevelop 4. It is a complete rewrite of KDevelop (AFAIK) which took a long time and finally arrived recently. Unlike the previous version, this version comes with advanced C++ editing/parsing capabilities. While it still lacks some features, it provides a set of really interesting features. Long ago I switched from KDevelop to Eclipse, but I feel that I should evaluate KDevelop and some other IDEs (CodeBlocks, NetBeans, Anjuta, …) again to see if anyone can really beat Eclipse. Anyway, check the latest version of KDevelop to see if you like it!
Also, yum is apparently much faster in Fedora 13. I feel that it is more responsive and does the job faster. Very happy to see that!
OK, That’s enough for now!