The Fedora Project has announced the immediate availability of their latest release, Fedora 7 (Moonshine) including, for the first time, a KDE live CD/DVD showcasing KDE and
KDE applications, which can also be installed to the hard disk, resulting in
a regular Fedora installation with KDE. Along
with other current software, Fedora 7 includes KDE 3.5.6. Unfortunately, KDE 3.5.7 was released too late to
be included in Fedora 7, however it will be made available as an update. The 32-bit version fits on a 700 MB
CD, the 64-bit version needs DVD or special overlong CD media for space
reasons. KDE is also included on the traditional installer DVD. KDE in Fedora 7 defaults to the default KDE look and feel, with Plastik as the widget theme and CrystalSVG as the icon theme.
Fedora 7, more screenshots at The Coding Studio
A lot of work has been
done to improve the KDE experience in this release of Fedora. Thanks to the
merger of Core and Extras, the core packages are now open to non-Red Hat
contributors, and Rex Dieter of KDE-RedHat fame is now
co-maintaining the KDE packages with Red Hat's Than Ngo, bringing the
packaging improvements from the KDE-RedHat project into the official Fedora
packages. Work has also been done on KDM, including integration
and a new default theme, Fedora
Flying High, with support for face browsing (i.e. the user list with user
images), which is now enabled by default. A KDE Special Interest Group
has been created to work on KDE and KDE applications in Fedora and maintains a
list of KDE-oriented packages currently considered for inclusion into Fedora.
For the next release, a plan to get
KDE 4 integrated is currently under discussion.
You may have noticed that there is no "Core" in the name this time. This is
not an omission. Starting from this release, Fedora is no longer split into
separate Core and Extras repositories. Instead, there is a single collection
of packages, the Fedora Collection, from which different "spins" are
produced, both traditional installer-based spins and live CD/DVD spins. The
following spins will be of interest to KDE users:
- Fedora: the default installer-based spin, offering a package set
comparable to the traditional Fedora Core.
- KDE Live: a live CD/DVD spin based on KDE, using KDM as the display
manager and KDE applications such as Konqueror, KMail and KOffice as the
defaults. Alternatives such as OpenOffice.org or Firefox and other additional
software available from the Fedora Collection can be added after installation
to the hard disk.
- Everything: not a real spin, but a Yum repository (also usable with
APT-RPM or Smart) containing the entire Fedora Collection.
Note that only the installer-based spin can be used to upgrade from a previous version of Fedora (without reinstalling). Live CDs or DVDs can only be used for fresh installs (or reinstalls). Upgrades through Yum, APT-RPM or Smart are possible, but strongly recommended against.