The Fedora 9 beta (codename Sulfur) has just been released to the public for testing and QA. Fedora has always been one of my secret pleasures. I do not actually run Fedora (because of RPM), but I have a lot of respect for the maintainers of the distribution. They along with the OpenSuSE, and Ubuntu teams always push the envelope of existing technologies and address what are very serious issues with the Linux desktop. They do not shy away from hard work. Below is a list of a few things that are integrated in this release (and yes, almost all of this goes back upstream):
- NetworkManager now integrates with mobile broadband cards
- Consolidate dictionary support – Open
Office.org, Firefox, Thunderbird, and the GNOME desktop all share one dictionary backend.
- Upstart daemon replaces System V scripts
- Fast X – From the release notes page, they state the X server starts and is ready in one second or less.
- Ext4 filesystem
Its still in beta, but enthusiasts can check out a live CD from here