Fedora 17, code-named Beefy Miracle, was released yesterday for all to download and use. Aside for the main edition, which uses the GNOME 3 desktop environments, installation images for three main Spins were also released. These are for KDE, LXDE and Xfce.
Specialized Spins for Security, Scientific-KDE, Design-suite, SoaS, Games, Electronic-lab and Robotics were also released. It is very unlikely that I will review these, but there will be reviews of the main edition and KDE Spin. While the reviews are still being baked, here are a few screen shots from test installations of the main edition and KDE Spin for your viewing pleasure.
The test installations from which these screen shots were taken were installed using the Live CD images of both editions. For the GNOME edition, this is what you are presented with after booting into the Live desktop. Like what you see in Ubuntu, but slightly more visually appealing.
And after installation, the login screen.
Notification messages appearing atop the Panel-Docklet panel. Panel-Docklet was installed using this guide.
This ends the GNOME side. KDE screen shots follow.
Calligra is the installed office suite.
You may download installation ISO images for your platform here.