Fedora 18 was not released on schedule, but knowing how the Fedora project operates, this was no surprise, because unlike other distributions, a new Fedora edition is almost never released until all major issues have been fixed.

What makes this delay unique is the stable release will not hit public download mirrors until next year. And I think this marks the first time that a Fedora edition has been pushed back this far. But now that a beta edition has been released, here are some screen shots from test installations of the KDE and GNOME 3 editions. (You might want to read Install Cinnamon on Fedora 18.)

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First screen shots are from the GNOME 3 edition.

I call this the blue wall or blue curtain. I think the Fedora project should be shipping a GNOME 3 edition with a custom GNOME Shell, rather than the default GNOME Shell
Fedora 18 GNOME Desktop

Activities view.
Fedora 18 GNOME Activities

Desktop showing partial list of installed applications.
Fedora 18 GNOME Apps

Installed Internet applications.
Fedora 18 GNOME Search

Desktop showing results of a search operation.
Fedora 18 GNOME

Fedora 18 will have a new firewall application. Right now, it’s not completely ready for prime time.
Fedora 18 GNOME Firewall

The desktop showing the Date widget.
Fedora 18 GNOME Date Applet

The desktop showing the Accessibility widget.
Fedora 18 GNOME Accessibility

The default KDE desktop showing the date widget.
Fedora 18 KDE

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The Kickoff menu is still the default menu style in Fedora 18 KDE.
Fedora 18 KDE Kickoff

The desktop with the menu showing installed Office applications.
Fedora 18 KDE Apps

The desktop as seen from the KDE Netbook interface.
Fedora 18 KDE Netbook

Just three games are installed out of the box.
Fedora 18 KDE Games

Installed Internet applications as seen from the KDE Netbook interface.
Fedora 18 KDE Internet Apps

Care to try Fedora 18 beta before the stable is released? Download an installation image for your platform from here. If you are not a KDE or GNOME 3 user, there are also installation images for other desktop environments on that page.

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9 Responses

  1. Gnome3 is a dog’s breakfast that derseves every bit of opprobrium it has received.

    That said, we may look back on it as the trigger for something useful and which emerges as a popular standard that becomes as familiar as Windows or Android.

  2. These articles are pointless. Saying that Cinnamon is better than Gnome 3 is like saying Granny Smith apples are better than Fuji apples. It is purely a matter of preference. I, like a lot of other people, resisted the change that Gnome 3 represented, but unlike most, I didn’t just say, “This sucks” and give up on it. Most reviewers who continue to harp and rail against Gnome 3 are people who try it for a week, say, “This sucks”, and then go to something else. Then a new release comes out, they try it for a few days, again say, “This sucks”, and go back to what they were using before. I’m not saying that Gnome 3 is the be all and end all of desktops, as there are many things I would like to change about it, but unlike most, I have used it continually now for the last two or three release cycles and there are plenty of things to like about it as well as to hate about it. But I am now past the initial learning curve and find it to be comfortable.

    If you like Cinnamon, then go ahead and use it and sharing you knowledge of how to run it on Fedora is a good thing, but the vitriol poured out on Gnome 3 is just plain stupid. Vote with your feet. Leave Gnome 3 behind and devote all of your energy to the desktop that best suits you. I on the other hand will continue using it as I have now adjusted to it and will focus my efforts on supplying bug reports, making feature requests, and other activities to make it better suited to the way I work.

  3. There are features in Cinnamon that are less than ideal, and things in Gnome that are likewise. Putting certain Cinnamon features into Gnome or vice-versa would make for an exceptional interface.

    1. True. Beyond the “blue screen of annoyance,” GNOME 3 is beautiful technology. And Cinnamon is good, but we need applications that can communicate seamlessly with each other.

    1. I think you need to read again. This article didn’t say anything about Fedora abandoning Gnome 3, it tells how to install Cinnamon on Fedora 18 for those that prefer it. As for Gnome 3 being an “unholy mess”, that is a matter of opinion.

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