Fedora 20 has finally been released. It is code-named Heisenbug.
As with each release, installation images for the major desktop environments, hardware platforms, and the Cloud, are accounted for.
Aside from installation images for the GNOME 3 desktop, which is the main edition, installation images for KDE, MATE, LXDE and Xfce desktops are also available. Fans of the Cinnamon and E17 desktops have to install them from the bfo, DVD, netinstall CD image or from an existing installation of Fedora.
Fedora 20 E17: Like the Cinnamon desktop, there’s no separate installation image for the E17 desktop. But unlike Cinnamon, which can be installed from the DVD, bfo and netinstall images, E17 can only be installed from an existing installation of Fedora. At least that’s what I found. And even after installing the required package, the desktop looked barren. E17 uses far less system resources than the Cinnamon, GNOME 3 and KDE desktops, but it takes getting used to, if you’ve never it. Click on any image in this gallery to see what the desktop looks like.
Fedora 20 GNOME 3: GNOME 3.10.3 is the version of the GNOME 3 desktop that shipped with Fedora 20. And it features the GNOME Shell in its default configuration. For users like me, that means at least 45 minutes customizing to look and feel like a desktop designed for productive work. The login screen is shown the screen shot below.
Click on any image in this gallery to see what the desktop on Fedora 20 GNOME 3 looks like.
Since the GNOME 3 desktop has a lot to offer, here’s another gallery that shows the desktop’s integrated apps. I’m referring to GNOME Software, Boxes, Maps and Documents. They are nice pieces of the GNOME 3 desktop.
Fedora 20 LDXE: The LXDE (Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment) is for you, if you don’t care for desktop eye-candy. It’s very resource-friendly, using less memory than the Cinnamon, KDE and GNOME 3 desktops. After using the other more modern desktop environments, going back to try LXDE feels like going back to the last century. Ok, that’s probably overstating it, but I think you get the point. Click on this gallery to see what the LXDE desktop on Fedora 20 looks like.
Fedora 20 Xfce: Like the LXDE desktop, the Xfce desktop is designed to use less system resources. And with that comes very little or no desktop effects. Actually, it’s more like no desktop effects. This screen shot shows the login screen.
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An invitation from Anastasia Marchenkova
Hya, after stints as a quantum researcher at Georgia Tech Quantum Optics & Quantum Telecom Lab, and the University of Maryland Joint Quantum Institute, I’m now working on superconducting qubit quantum processors at Bleximo. I’ll be speaking during Algorithm Conference in Austin, Texas, July 16 – 18, 2020. Meet me there and let’s chat about progress and hype in quantum computing.