Fedora 16 was released a while back, and I’ve finally gotten around to checking it out. For this review though I’ve opted for the KDE version of Fedora. As you may already know, Fedora comes in multiple spins including GNOME, Xfce, KDE and others.
If you’re interested in checking out other versions of Fedora, you can see a full list on the Fedora Spins page. There are ten different versions of Fedora listed there, so chances are that you’ll be able to find one that might work well for you.
What’s New In This Release
Here’s a sample of the new features in this release:
New shutdown dialogue
One of the things that annoys me about Fedora is that it’s more of a headache to track down the new features that are specific to each spin. The Fedora developers do not do a good job of easily documenting them the way the Linux Mint developers do. It would be extremely helpful if the Fedora folks would have a What’s New section or link on the page of each spin.
Okay, my griping aside, I’ve listed what I could dig up on Fedora 16 KDE. There’s not a huge amount of stuff to get excited about in this release.
KDE 4.7 does have some interest features. If you aren’t familiar with it you should check out the KDE 4.7 announcement page to familiarize yourself with all of the new stuff.
The DigiKam update adds geotagging, face detection and recognition, and some other new features.
The shutdown dialogue will be useful for those running multiple operating systems since it lets you choose the next OS you want to boot into and run.
Next, I’ll look at the hardware requirements and I’ll show what the install routine looks like in this distro.
Hardware Requirements & Installation
Here’s what you’ll need to run this distro:
- a CD or DVD drive, and the capability to boot from this drive.
- a 400 MHz processor or faster
- at least 1 GB of memory (RAM)
- at least 10 GB of permanent storage (hard drive) space.
The install is easy, as you’d expect. The screenshots below walk you through the install, from beginning to end.
Booting & Login
Here’s what the booting and login screens look like:
The desktop is…well…it’s a bit drab looking if you just go by the wallpaper. I generally prefer something a bit more upbeat and colorful when I first boot into a desktop. Fedora’s wallpaper leaves a little to be desired. However, it’s obviously very easy to change it and wallpaper preferences are very subjective. I’m sure there are some out there who would like the little submarine floating in a dreary looking ocean.
If you’re new to KDE, take note of the Desktop link in the upper right. Click it and you can begin using helpful widgets on your desktop. Widgets are small applications that do various things. Click the + sign after you click the Desktop button to add widgets. You’ll see a big list of them pop up at the bottom of your screen.
Here are some of the widgets that are available:
That’s just a few, there’s quite a bit more to choose from. So take a moment and browse around. You can probably find some very useful widgets to run on your Fedora 16 KDE desktop.