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Fedora Adds MATE and Cinnamon Desktops to Main Repository, Releases Beta 56

Already available in third party repositories, the GNOME 2 fork MATE and GNOME 3 fork Cinnamon will now be included in Fedora 18. From the H: "After almost two months' delay, the Fedora Project has released the first and final beta of Fedora 18. The distribution, which is code-named 'Spherical Cow,' includes the MATE desktop – a continuation of the classic GNOME 2 interface – in its repositories for the first time. Fedora 18's default edition uses GNOME 3.6.2 as its interface and a separate KDE Spin provides the KDE Software Collection 4.9.3; Xfce 4.10 and version 1.6.7 of Linux Mint's Cinnamon are also available from the distribution's repositories."
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Fedora Adds MATE and Cinnamon Desktops to Main Repository, Releases Beta

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  • Choice is GOOD (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 28, 2012 @02:17PM (#42119815)

    No doubt this will prompt the weenies to suggest (for the two thousandth time) that everyone who freely chose to work on these individual projects should drop everything, "join forces", and devote their precious time and effort to one unified project. What these people somehow missed -- even though it is blindingly obvious -- is that each of those developers freely chose to work on their project -- based on their own personal goals, not yours. And the reason why all of these projects are individually successful is precisely because those developers want to be working there. They freely choose to be there because they each personally want to be there. Trying to force them to abandon their self-chosen projects cannot possibly result in the same devotion and quality that personal choice has produced.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 28, 2012 @02:18PM (#42119845)

    It's called Unity.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 28, 2012 @05:31PM (#42122653)

    I've been plugging this for a while. Fedora+XFCE the most usable and stable linux desktop I've ever used. (The XFCE "spin" comes with XFCE installed/default)
    XFCE is clean and simple and consistent. It's lightweight but functional. It's visually pleasant and not gaudy. It's familiar yet well suited for it's job. (Lets face it, after nearly decade of being the most popular OS in the world, XP's UI is pretty much the standard by which all others are based)

    I've also grown to appreciate Fedora in general. It's stable and well supported and quite functional. It's also easy to use. I feel it's grown and surpassed the debian based distros for most uses. It's also widely supported in the commercial sector. (Yeah it is. Everyone knows you don't shell out for redhat for /everything/)

    Debian is.. Debian. It's good for geeks in a way, but I think too many of it's design philosophies get in the way of making a good end user product. OS's are a commodity. VMs make system instances a commodity. Nobody has time to dick around with an OS to make it work. Even the geeks. Debian stable has packages that are frankly too old. Debian unstable is wonky and undocumented.

    Ubuntu has just gone to lala land. It has all of the problems of Debian, and a UI that nobody likes.

    Mint is Unbuntu, but even more poorly supported.

    The other distros just don't have enough users to form a good support community.

"The number of Unix installations has grown to 10, with more expected." -- The Unix Programmer's Manual, 2nd Edition, June, 1972