As I noted at the beginning of the review, Fedora 15 comes with KDE 4.6 so there’s an enormous amount of desktop features to enjoy. One of the first things I did was to turn off KDE 4.6’s sliding menus. Those always drive me crazy as I feel it’s a waste moving back and forth. Just right click the kicker button (the F) and choose classic menu. Once you’ve changed the menu it’s pretty much a joy to use Fedora 15 KDE’s desktop. Everything is laid out well in the menus and it’s easy to find the applications, utilities or whatever it is you’re looking for.
The desktop doesn’t have a bunch of icons on it, just Home and Trash in the desktop folder. Otherwise it’s free of icons.
The default theme is attractive but if you dislike it just pull up the Desktop Theme settings in System Settings and you can pick from a range of others. Or click the Get New Themes to download more.
I really like the default “lovelock” wallpaper. It’s attractive in a “moonlit-night” sort of way. I was somewhat surprised to see this as the default wallpaper but I think it works very well. It’s much more attractive than some of the generic backgrounds I’ve seen on various distros. Yeah, I know. It’s just wallpaper but wallpaper helps set the mood and it’s one of the first things people notice about a distro. So if it’s pleasing to the eye it helps get people started on the right foot with the distro.
If you don’t like it just pull up Desktop Settings and you can download plenty of other wallpapers.
Here’s a peek at the system settings tool. You’ll find all the usual stuff to control, tweak and customize your system to you’re heart’s content.
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