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9 awesome features to look out for in Fedora 12

By Debjit on October 26th, 2009 

Fedora 12 which is scheduled to debut this November  has some of the best features ever. Like all it's previous releases, Fedora has always included cutting edge technologies. In this article we will have a look at 9 awesome features that Fedora 12 has.

Fedora 12 banner

Fedora Studio

Fedora Studio aims at classifying multimedia applications into subgroups for easy access. Subgroups already in the plan are Multimedia / Sound&Video, Capture&Import, Creation, Mixer, Output Generation and Tools.

KDE 4.3 and GNOME 2.28

Fedora 12 includes the latest versions of both the desktop environments namely KDE and GNOME. This ensure that you are always kept abreast with everything that is latest. (Gnome 2.28 KDE 4.3)

Enhanced Mobile Broadband

The NetworkManager in Fedora 12 now also supports scanning and selection of available GSM cellular networks. It also shows the signal strength of the cellular network you are currently connected to. This is in addition to the basic mobile broadband card support including mobile phones when connected via wired serial which already exists. (Some Screenshots)

Install applications on Fedora right from your Browser

This is basically a PackageKit enhancement that lets you install packages directly from websites, in a secure way, rather than telling users to run various yum commands as the root user or describing how to use the PackageKit tools. The PackageKit-browser-plugin package actually installs a browser plugin that can be used to install specified software.

Command Not Found

This functionality allows command line users to automatically install missing commands, or to suggest spelling replacements. The package PackageKit-command-not-found makes this possible. Although the package is available for Fedora 11 but is not installed by default. This functionality is available in Ubuntu by default.

Better WebCam support

Fedora 12 has even better support for both external and built-in (Laptop) web cameras. It now supports more WebCam models. You can view the testing list of web cams here.

A new IM Client: Empathy

We have reported previously about the new features in Empathy and it's inclusion in Fedora 12. And those who want the good old Pidgin instead can see this.

Display Port

Fedora 12 now has better support for Display Port connectors.

Better Power Management

As the name suggest, Fedora 12 has even better Power Management schemes. You can read more about it here.


9 awesome features to look out for in Fedora 12 was originally published on on October 25, 2009 - 11:00 am (Indian Standard Time)