While the final Fedora 9 release is scheduled for April 29th, the beta version of Fedora 9 is available for download. The latest version comes with a number of enhancements, including support for the latest versions of the KDE and GNOME desktop environments.
There has been a lot of work going on that will make this an incredible release, and you’ll even see the improvements during the installation. Now you’ll be able to resize ext2, ext3, and NTFS partitions during the installation process making it easier to install Fedora on a drive that isn’t empty.
One of the more noticeable improvements will be the fact that Fedora includes a new free Flash plugin for Firefox out of the box, so you’ll be able to watch YouTube within seconds of booting up your system.
Here are a few highlights:
- Uses the 2.6.25-rc5 Linux kernel
- GNOME 2.22 with world time clock, improved file system performance, and security improvements
- KDE 4.0.2 with a completely redesigned desktop manager look and feel, and integrated desktop search
- Firefox 3 Beta as the default web browser
- Support for resizing ext2, ext3, and NTFS partitions during installation
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