Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A day with Fedora 11 ( Leonidas )

I've upgraded my installation to Fedora 11 Preview last night. The installation went smooth as usual, except for a minor hiccup caused by broken ISO, running torrent to patch the ISO worked ok.

Upon booting Fedora 11, I was greeted by a plymouth screen which looks like the generic theme used during its early dev (unlike the one on F10, which is Solar). Bootup was faster as expected from 20 Seconds Boot feature.

After logging in, I was greeted with one nice popup from DeviceKit:

Dang~ , this machine is dying T_T. Clicking at the panel icon brought up Palimsest utility which shows that my laptop HDD failed the "reallocated sector count" test.

Must.. get .. new .... machine ... >.<

Yum and RPM got faster than ever!. Thanks to the upgrade to RPM4.7. PackageKit UI is not locking Yum as annoyingly like before, so another good point there. Firefox that included is Firefox 3.1b3 which is amazingly responsive.

The Input Method Editor used in Fedora before, SCIM, have been replaced with IBus. Which offers better stability.

The long awaited Presto feature finally hit the main repos in Fedora 11. Its not enabled enabled by default yet, but setting it up now is as easy as yum install yum-presto. No more 3rd party temporary presto repos, its all in main repos now :D.

Other enhancements includes, EXT4 file system as default FS,Python2.6, Xserver 1.6 and many others.

Some annoyance I faced so far are related to Xorg on my old i855GM card. The screen messed up when launching compiz in dual screen mode. So, no compiz for me again for this moment. Another Xorg annoyance with my card is Xvideo. When Kernel Mode Setting is enabled, XVideo fails with "No Adapter" error. But if I disable KMS, XVideo is detected, but crashes Xorg when trying to play a video. So, I had to fallback to X11 output, which is resource intensive. Bug already reported related to Xvideo, lets hope later driver pushes fixes this. Xorg related issues is common to me when upgrading to newer Xorg, so its kindof expected here.

Overall, Leonidas roars!!. Once the driver for my card fixed, it gonna ROAR more :D.


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