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Fedora 18 Released 118

Posted by timothy
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ultranerdz writes "Fedora 18 has been released. Featuring a new installer UI, GNOME 3.6, Clojure, DragonEgg, KDE Plasma Workspaces 4.9, MATE Desktop, Samba 4, Secure Boot, and updated major packages versions, this is one of the most anticipated Fedora versions yet. After more than two months of slips and delays, Fedora 18 is finally here." I'm glad to see MATE becoming more widely available; it suits me, as a GNOME 2 fan but not a complete troglodyte.
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Fedora 18 Released

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  • Re:How is MATE? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by lastx33 (2097770) on Tuesday January 15, 2013 @12:17PM (#42592167)
    I'm using Mate 1.4 and it is good and definitely improving. There are still some bits of integration, especially in the file manager, which could do with improvement but it's coming along at a pace considering they are also removing a lot of redundant code from Gnome 2. The user experience in pretty near to the final versions of Gnome 2 and coming versions should be even better. Overall, very nice.
  • Re:How is MATE? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Cassini2 (956052) on Tuesday January 15, 2013 @12:41PM (#42592553)

    After trying very hard to like Unity for several versions, I tried Linux Mint. MATE is a pleasure to use. Everything is where I instinctively look to find it.

    You can try prying MATE out of my cold dead hands.

  • yum vs apt vs pacman (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Dimwit (36756) on Tuesday January 15, 2013 @12:42PM (#42592583)

    So the only thing that keeps me from using Fedora is yum. I do a lot of "experimental" or "temporary" package installations. I want to try out a new editor or a new programming language or something, so I do an installation. All of the various package managers will automatically pull in the dependencies, which is great, but yum doesn't uninstall these dependencies when I uninstall the original package. So, say I install something that requires 9803942834 dependencies. When I uninstall it under Debian, all those dependencies leave with it - when I uninstall it on Fedora, I still have 9803942834 - 1 packages laying around. It's annoying. Get that fixed with yum, and I'll give Fedora a shot again.

  • Linux mint kde rules (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Vince6791 (2639183) on Tuesday January 15, 2013 @03:36PM (#42595379)

    Kde is most stable on mint and kubuntu distros. Unity crashes and freezes once in a while same with the rest of the gui's and distros. The crashes and freezes reminds me of windows98 and XP issues. You want reliability go with kde using either mint or kubuntu. I have tried lxde, xfce, mate, cinnamon and they are all buggy and occasionally slow down.

    But, I also had metroUI for windows 8 freeze on me a couple of times but the difference is that it did not crash the whole OS. The only thing I had to do to make metro work again is hit the Windows key to go into desktop and hit the key again to go into metro.

    I hope ubuntu 13.04 fixes a lot of issues.

  • Re:How is MATE? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by arth1 (260657) on Tuesday January 15, 2013 @05:22PM (#42596573) Homepage Journal

    What's wrong with systemd?

    Where should I start?
    It abstracts services to the point you can't find them.
    It breaks existing sysv startup/shutdown scripts for commercial software. (The reply from vendors of commercial software is pretty unison: We don't support systems with systemd)
    It assumes start and stop are always oneliners, so you end up writing startup/shutdown scripts anyhow cause systemd isn't good enough.
    It breaks standard runlevels.
    It uses the old MSDOS .ini file format, which is severely sysadmin-unfriendly (grep doesn't understand MSDOS [section]s, for example). ... and quite a lot more.

    In short, it was clearly written by someone who didn't come from a Unix background. ... or, just try "systemctl -a | cat"[*] , and compare that to "chkconfig" and "rc-update show".

    [*]: Yes, the cat is needed, or else it pauses and waits for input - whoever coded this should know that if the user wants paging, he can pipe it to a pager of choice for that task. But nooo, of course you have to do things differently to be different.

    In short, it's as bad as pulseaudio, and for many of the same reasons.

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