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Fedora 18 Released 118

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:5, Informative)

    by armanox ( 826486 ) <asherewindknight@yahoo.com> on Tuesday January 15, 2013 @12:05PM (#42591953) Homepage Journal

    MATE seems to pick up right were GNOME 2 stopped. A few of the program names have changed to avoid conflicts with GNOME 3, but I've been using MATE on Fedora since F16 (been using KDE again too).

  • Cinnamon (Score:4, Informative)

    by mx+b ( 2078162 ) on Tuesday January 15, 2013 @12:12PM (#42592063)
    The summary forgot to include Cinnamon (unless it was removed after the beta? I am in the process of running an upgrade!). I have been pleasantly surprised with Cinnamon. In general seems a nice release, the main gripe was the new installer. Does not seem to allow as much choice in terms of packages to install; seems to be a big list of presets without much customization until after it is already installed. It is a pretty though.
  • Re:How is MATE? (Score:5, Informative)

    by arth1 ( 260657 ) on Tuesday January 15, 2013 @12:18PM (#42592183) Homepage Journal

    While MATE is nice, it's not as nice as Gnome 2 was in all respects. You don't have compiz, so no wobbly windows or desktop cube, for example.
    The renaming also has some side effects when used with programs that expect the gnome naming, so while most things work, not everything does.

    Because MATE isn't quite there yet, and because systemd is an abomination unto Nuggan and grub2 doesn't co-exist with other bootloaders gracefully, I'm still on Fedora 14, and strongly considering going back to Gentoo.

  • Re:How is MATE? (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 15, 2013 @12:27PM (#42592331)
    gnome 3 is fine for me too
  • Re:How is MATE? (Score:5, Informative)

    by ssam ( 2723487 ) on Tuesday January 15, 2013 @12:43PM (#42592607)

    (I have been running F18 with mate since mid december)
    Note that fedora 18 repos only have small selection of mate packages. for example mate-panel-applets is missing, so no system monitor in your panel. none of the MATE apps (beyond the file manager and terminal), and when you run gnome3 apps they dont pick up theming. So while on paper fedora 18 has MATE as an option, the integration is poor. Hopefully this will be improved.

    There is an unofficial more complete MATE repo, but it does not support F18 yet.

  • Re:How is MATE? (Score:4, Informative)

    by ssam ( 2723487 ) on Tuesday January 15, 2013 @12:45PM (#42592641)

    If you want properly integrated MATE then Fedora is not the best distro. I suggest trying MINT to see how well it can work.

  • by kwalker ( 1383 ) on Tuesday January 15, 2013 @01:45PM (#42593709) Journal

    If you don't like GNOME 3, you can pick a different spin:

    Available spins as of this morning:
    Fedora 18 Desktop Edition
    Fedora 18 KDE Spin
    Fedora 18 LXDE Spin
    Fedora 18 Xfce Spin

    Or you can do a minimal install from the installer ISO (Either on DVD, USB stick, or even over a network), then install a desktop of your choice from the following (Incomplete) list:
    GNOME 3.6
    KDE Plasma Workspaces 4.9
    Xfce 4.10

    I don't know if dialogs are still immovable, my ISO is still downloading.

    http://get.fedoraproject.org/ [fedoraproject.org]

Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later. -- F. Brooks, "The Mythical Man-Month"