Here’s a sample of the software included in this release.
Various KDE board, card and strategy games
Fedora 15 KDE uses KPackageKit for its software management. KPackageKit is not as elegant as the Ubuntu Software Center or Linux Mint’s Software Manager. But it will serve adequately for basic software management. You can also get software updates to keep your applications up to date. The settings tool lets you easily change how often your system checks for updates.
Adding & Removing Software
You can search KPackageKit to find software or browse based on category. When you first open KPackageKit you’ll note that you can click to browse applications, but you can also click to browse other categories such as Desktop Environments, Development, Servers, etc.
Sound and Multimedia
YouTube & Flash
Flash isn’t installed by default in Konqueror, so you’ll need to add it if you want to watch flash based content on the web.
There’s a reasonable amount of multimedia applications that come with Fedora 15 KDE including Amarok, Dragon Player, JuK, K3B, KMix and KsCD. There’s a bunch of other applications available in the Sound & Video application category in KPackageKit though, so you should be able to find alternatives to the default multimedia applications.
Problems & Headaches
One mistake I think the Fedora 15 KDE developers might have made is relying on Konqueror as the default browser. Yes, I know this is Fedora 15 KDE and that Konqueror is a natural part of a KDE based distribution. But newbies might be more comfortable with Firefox and Firefox is arguably compatible with a wider range of sites than Konqueror. So I’d like to see Firefox included as the default browser in Fedora KDE releases in the future. Konqueror can be kept but it should not be the only browser listed on the Internet applications menu.
The other thing I noticed was that KPackageKit seemed a bit slow doing searches. I’m not sure why but I found it rather annoying. I’d like to see some significant speed improvements in it next time.
Some might also notice that this release ships with KDE 4.6.2 instead of the current 4.6.3. I’m not going to bark about this too much since it’s a minor update for the most part anyway. But just be aware of it if you decide to try Fedora 15 KDE.
Those things aside, I had a very good experience overall with Fedora 15 KDE. I didn’t notice any overt problems or instability. It was fairly speedy and I had no problems running various applications.
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Final Thoughts & Who Should Use It
I enjoyed using Fedora 15 KDE; I think it has definitely arrived as a viable alternative to the GNOME version. Given all of the controversy and problems with GNOME 3, I can’t help but wonder if we’ll see an exodus of disgruntled users move from the GNOME version of Fedora to the KDE version. If so then I think they might find this release of Fedora KDE to be just what the doctor ordered.
One thing that some users coming over from GNOME might notice is the lack of LibreOffice in the default selection of office applications. Since this is a KDE-based distro, it contains the KOffice applications. No problem though, just fire up KPackageKit and you can snag LibreOffice in just a couple of minutes.
Overall I think Fedora 15 KDE is a very attractive desktop distro. It comes with a good selection of software and an attractive & highly usable version of KDE. There’s not a lot here to complain about and there’s quite a bit to be happy about. I suspect that Fedora 15 KDE will be one of the distros that wins over wavering GNOME & Unity users.
Fedora 15 KDE is suitable for beginner, intermediate or advanced Linux users.
|Product:||Fedora 15 KDE|
|Pros:||Good selection of default software. Provides a viable alternative to the GNOME 3 version of Fedora 15. Neat, attractive wallpaper.|
|Cons:||Konqueror is the default browser. Flash not installed by default in Konqueror. KPackageKit searches seemed slow. KDE 4.6.2 included not KDE the current 4.6.3.|
|Suitable For:||Beginner, intermediate or advanced users.|