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Fedora 9 Review (also Gnome in Fedora 9 Part 2)

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Once KDE 4.1 was finally out and most of the complaints had stopped, I took the plunge. I am actually very happy with Fedora 9. I think most of the reviews you may have read criticizing Fedora 9 focused on the initial version. That was, according to the mailing list, very buggy. But, for those who run Fedora on their day-to-day systems, simply waiting a few months is enough to get most of the bugs ironed out. First I’ll focus on what I have thought of Gnome since I’ve been using it since the install. Due to Fedora’s servers getting cracked, I just got KDE 4.1, so I’ll just be giving my preliminary impressions there. I’ve been wondering if KDE 4 would bring me back into the KDE came from the Gnome side. We’ll see. I intend to boot into KDE 4 for the next week or so to see how I like it.

First, let me mention some of my pet peeves which are no longer a problem. Compiz no longer comes on every time I log into Gnome. You may remember my struggles in getting it to stay off instead of turning it off every time I logged into Gnome. That’s what caused me to use Xfce exclusively for a few months. I also like that GDM now actually remembers your previously selected Window Manager. Before the option “Last Window Manager I logged Into” didn’t work.

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