Fedora 18 just released this month, but for the people that have tried Rawhide (aka Fedora 19) 18 has already started to showing its age.
The features for the next Fedora haven’t been yet decided but some cool features have already arrived in the development version, towards to the Alpha, which is expected to come somewhere in the end of February.
Fedora @ Full Speed
A quick look at specifications in Fedora 19 reveal us, Linux 3.8, X-Server 1.14 (1.13.99) and Systemd 197. All these are major updates and brings massive improvements in performance, better devices support, improved ACPI power management, and together with GNOME 3.8 better support in multi-monitor screens.
The other cool part is that you can easily install the latest nVidia drivers (313.18), that work great with X Server and Linux. Other proprietary software like Video/Audio Codecs, Google Chrome and Adobe Flash is also present and one click to install. Of course you should add an extra Repo (RPM Fusion) for getting proprietary software. Rawhide’s current Linux (3.8.0-0.rc4) runs with no-debug enabled, and everything is quite fast.
Sharing and Receiving
You remember Joey Tribbiani speech about Giving and Receiving? Fedora and GNOME have made some progress on that. First we will find the OwnCloud support.
For now, you can connect to OwnCloud Services, but there isn’t yet a client to make something useful, but it will be here till 3.8 arrives. There is this OwnCube Service that you can use with your ownCloud that gives very good prices. Actually there is a plethora of such services, that if you check on them you will find much much better plans from Dropbox or Ubuntu One. Of course you can also setup your very own, OwnCloud :)
Fedora and Gnome also will now include a Sharing Panel in G-Control-Center.
Useful but not exciting. You can share folders over network and open/close your SSH Server. A DLNA (UPnP) protocol wouldn’t be bad here.
Launching Files from G-Shell
In Fedora 19 with GNOME 3.8 you will really love the new Shell. If they further improve the way that results are displayed, I doubt that in the short future (2months) we will use G-Files for discovering and open our files.
Hit on Super, Type, get the results, navigate with arrows and Enter! It is amazing fast way to launch files, with or without the mouse. However in the current form with only 3 results to be displayed, that won’t work. There is a huge space for improvements here, but the idea is right.
Sounds in Notifications
There are massive changes in Notifications in GNOME 3.8. I really like the latest ones that arrived in Shell just 2-3 days ago. Between other options, you can add enable sounds for various events.
If you are far from your PC/Tablet/whatever you won’t miss a notification that you don’t want to miss. That reminds me the “so familiar” sound of MSN Messenger. By the way MS is shutting down Messenger and replaces it with Skype.
There are hundreds of cool changes in Fedora 19 but to be honest I don’t really think that it matters a lot what distro will you pick. Today all distros feel good and pretty much each of them offers the same, with slightly changes in packages, some different configurations and a different update manager.
So next time you are wondering what distro to pick, just choose the one with the logo you like ;)