Lock Your Daughters: Fedora 8 is in Town

November 9, 2007 § 6 Comments

The latest and greatest of the Red Hat (sponsored) distro was released yesterday, to my pleasure. This version, dubbed Werewolf, is the 8th release in the series, and like everything bearing the RH stamp, guarantees to kick ass. Although this release isnt jam packed with new features and functionality, but is still worth the download.

Apart from the usual updating of software packages, noteworthy additions include a new login and gnome style, which in my opinion are way cleaner and professional than the earlier ones. Remember the balloons from Fedora 7, anyone? Also, on the aesthetic side, F8 includes better support for Compiz and Compiz Fusion (Beryl + Compiz) right out of the box, which makes for a nice alternative to the visually attractive OS`s that are Vista and OSX Leopard, specially for the common of mortals which don`t necessarily have lots of time to put on configuring things that just look pretty.

Concerning performance, several features were added or tweaked, most notably the disabling of some services, resulting in lesser boot times, and better support of laptop hardware, which is a good news for somebody like me that has been dying to get linux a laptop. If it weren`t for the stupid wireless drivers… Otherwise, there are improvements on security, virtualization, and dev tools, but non of which are really of interest (for me.).

I`ve been using RH products all my life, from the start, and this new release has but reignited the passion between me and Red Hat. It`ll be interesting to see what Fr0stbyte can do running linux.

Grab it here.

Full release overview here.

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§ 6 Responses to Lock Your Daughters: Fedora 8 is in Town

  • Corin says:

    You’re gonna run Linux on a gaming computer?? Not permanently I hope 😛 Although… I guess QW has a Linux client now, but Wineing or Cedega-ing TF2 would be gay.

  • Dual boot of course, I’m loving Vista WAYYYY too much.. And also, I turn out to not like QW.

    You obviously haven`t seen how sick Compiz Fusion and AIGLx and crap can get. It’s like, GTFO, Flip 3D

  • Corin says:

    I loved using Compiz when I had Mandriva but it was such a pain in the ass getting that working at the same time as 3D acceleration for games…. The new ATI drivers are supposed to be much better than before, and apparently better than the Nvidia drivers. Instead of getting 1/2 my windows fps like I did before, I’m supposed to see a 5-10 fps gain 😀 But I’m not sure I have time to spend two hours tinkering around on everything I want to install… School’s busy and whatnot. Also, doesn’t dual-booting kill performance in both o/s’s? Made my ET suck when I had Kubuntu installed… and that was on a separate hard drive.

  • I tried installing it on my laptop yesterday. I almost killed myself. Fuck closed source drivers.

  • Corin says:

    Installing Compiz?

  • Installing F8. EVERYTHING worked fine out of the box: sound, video, dual core proc, but the STUPID FUCKING RTL8185 wirless card, it`s a nogo, either with the realtek drivers or some tweaked XP x64 drivers on ndsiwrapper.

    So I decided I’m getting a new server instead of putting lots of money on dual monitors, just to use linux again. I miss the console…. 😦

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