GNOME 3 Calendar Fedora 16

The first alpha of Fedora 16 was released yesterday (August 23, 2011). As you might expect, this is buggy, really buggy. While bug hunting is in progress, here are a few screenshots from the KDE and GNOME editions. A few of them have already been posted here, but the rest are new.

In that article, I showed, via a couple of the screenshots, that Anaconda, the Fedora installer, will be using the GPT partition table by default. There were some doubts about that, but the images in this article confirms it. GPT partition table will be the default, when Fedora 16 is finally released, which will be in early November (2011).

GPT, the GUID Partition Table, is an alternate disk partition table scheme that solves two problems associated with the MBR (Master boot Record) partition table: It allows the configuration of more than four primary partitions, the maximum supported by MBR, and also supports disk partitions of more than 2 TB.

From the test installations I carried out, I observed that GPT is the default if Fedora is installed in standalone mode. If, however, there is an existing distribution or another operating system on the drive, and you attempt to dual-boot, it defaults to the MBR partition table.

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On the disk partitioning methods step of Anaconda, the methods are still the same. The only new addition here is the “Use LVM” option. LVM, the Linux Logical Volume Manager, has been the default disk partitioning scheme on Fedora for some time. It will still be the default on Fedora 16, but this option makes it easy to use a non-LVM partitioning scheme, and still have Anaconda create partitions automatically for you. On previous versions of Anaconda, if you opt to use a non-LVM partitioning scheme, you had to create partitions manually.
Anaconda on Fedora 16 Alpha

These are the partitions created when LVM is in use. What this shows, is that the default partition table will be GPT, rather than MBR-based. But as stated earlier, this is the case if Fedora is the only distribution that is going to be installed on the disk.
LVM Volumes on Fedora 16 Alpha

If you opt to not use LVM, the image below shows the partitions that the installer will create. Five partitions, all of them primary, thanks to GPT.
GPT Partitions on Fedora 16 Alpha

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Fedora 16 will mark the first use of GRUB 2 as the boot loader in Fedora. Fedora 15 and earlier used GRUB Legacy. Also shown in this image is the new kernel version.
Fedora 16 Alpha GRUB 2 Boot Menu

Ok, enough about the installer, let see a few desktop screenshots.

First from the KDE edition, which is powered by KDE 4.7.

The default wallpaper, which is the same across all the Fedora 16 editions, is very visually appealing. The guys responsible for this are true professionals.
Fedora 16 KDE Alpha Desktop

The desktop showing a system message from the notification area. The message reveals just one of the many bugs that will be reported.
Fedora 16 KDE Desktop Nepomuk

Default desktop with the Kickoff menu, the default menu style.
Fedora 16 KDE Kickoff Menu

Main interface of the KDE Plasma Netbook interface.
Fedora 16 KDE Netbook Interface

Entries in the Office category. KOffice is the installed office suite. This screenshot, from the KDE Plasma Netbook interface, shows the components of this integrated office suite for the K Desktop Environment.
KOffice on KDE Plasma Netbook Fedora 16 Alpha


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19 Responses

  1. Made the jump to linux about 2 years ago, in that 2 years i have been through various distro’s always settling for ubuntu. Downloaded Deepin yesterday and was surprised how quick it is and easy to get around. The look and feel of it is just great.

  2. Read a lot about Deepin and tried it on a virtual machine. It looks GREAT but in the virtual machine it does not run that good. The typical american reaction above (oh no.. its from China) sparked me to realy give it a try. As European i dont trust anything from the USA anymore. All my hardware is from China anyway, no complaints there. It will be my first switch (from Mint) ever. Now downloading the correct image… cant wait…

  3. can you solve the problem which i have shared with you on Oct. 30 2014 ?
    my computer’s configuration is intel dualcore 3GHz processor, 3 GB ram, intel 945 mother board i want to connet internet through nokiaX3-02 or zte mf190 usb modem. thanking u

    1. If you’re trying to use the smartphone (Nokia X3-02) as a hotspot, it should work. Have you tried it with other distributions? I don’t have that phone, so I’m not in a position to help.

      Ditto for the ZTE USB modem. Have you tried it with other distributions?

  4. I tried it out in “live” mode and I liked the look and feel, but i tried 3 different computers and both the 32 and 64 bit versions failed at the end of the install leaving it unbootable!

  5. I haven’t had great experiences with Deepin 2014.1 unfortunately – which is a shame, as I had high hopes for it. It’s marketed as an intuitive, user friendly and stable OS, but I haven’t found it to be as effective in any of these categories as Mint or Ubuntu.

    The layout of the installer is nice, but tooltips are vague. It took me a while to figure out that my username needed to be in lowercase, for instance, during the first stage of the installer, as the pop-up message only gave me “invalid username” to go off. Installing to a partition was more awkward than in Mint, in either Simple or Expert mode, and it was never fully clear from the instructions whether or not I was going to be overwriting something else in the process.

    I tried to install Deepin on two systems – one a powerful desktop, with an ivybridge i5 processor, GTX 670 and 8GB of RAM. On 2014.0, 2014.1, 32-bit or 64-bit, the Dock never loaded properly, everything lagged and my system crashed on opening the control centre. I didn’t find the Deepin community to be as helpful as Mint, and it was quickly put down to a driver issue (possibly related to NVidia cards) and left at that.

    On the second system, an Advent Milano netbook with a 40GB SSD, N270 Atom and 2GB RAM, Deepin ran, but slowly. More slowly than Ubuntu or Mint. I always prefer speed and simplicity over eye-candy, so this was a shame. My webcam and wifi did work out of the box however, so this was good news, but the again it did on the other distros I have tried.

    I’ll revisit Deepin in about 6months to see where they are, but currently I wouldn’t be able to recommend to someone who was (for example) looking to change to an easy to use and stable Linux OS from Win XP.

      1. The backdoors in a chinese product and software are different as the backdoors made and designed par americans in chinese factory.

        If you don’t understand that you have a HUGE problem.

        1. And somewhere in China, a concerned Chinese citizen says: “The backdoors in an American product and software are not in the same category as the backdoors made and designed by the Chinese government in Chinese products. If you don’t understand that, you’re not a patriotic Chinese”.’

          But seriously, Deepin is based on Ubuntu and is Free Software. So what backdoor are we worried about? Maybe in systemd…

  6. This is the first time since 2008 that I’ve moved away from Ubuntu for a significant amount of time. Deepin is simply fantastic. One of the main reasons I left Ubuntu in the end was that I couldn’t take the clutter in the dash. The recommended programs, amazon search results, etc etc. I found deepin was clean and clutter free and yet it looks like a modern 2014 OS.

    I love that you can edit the grub menu so easily, and add a background image- that is also a nice touch.

    Their default apps are okay, but I ended up returning to my trusted apps.

    There are a few minor niggles that need to be sorted out- one being that I keep bumping the smart corners by accident, making it ultimately better to disable them- I have no idea how they can sort that out, perhaps by adding options to activate with a bit more force, pressing a key while bumping, or double bumping.

    I found the store to be completely bug ridden, to the point that 90% of the apps failed to install, and in the end I had to use synaptic to get all my programs up and running.

    The launcher at the bottom of the screen needs a few more options- change size, arrange icons etc, but other than that, I have had very few irritations with this OS. It just works.

    Ultimately, I think this is a real contender- definitely one to watch.

    1. I found the store to be completely bug ridden, to the point that 90% of the apps failed to install, and in the end I had to use synaptic to get all my programs up and running.

      I and many others had the same problem. This forum post helped to take care of that.

      1. Thanks for the heads up- Installed three programs and so far that seams to be working- *cross fingers.* They should think about doing that automatically on install.

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