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Linux Changes, Summer 2008 Fedora 9 Upgrade

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  -- DaveCostello - 11 Jun 2008

Tools and Utils

gcc 4.3

This release of Fedora has been built with GCC 4.3.0, which is included with the distribution.
For more information on GCC 4.3, refer to: http://gcc.gnu.org/gcc-4.3/

-- DaveCostello - 17 Jul 2008


Applications (new versions or package changes)

kde desktop
KDE 4.0 features upgrades to core components such as the port to Qt 4. It also introduces a number of brand new frameworks such as the Phonon, a multimedia API; Solid, a hardware integration framework; Plasma, a re-written desktop and panel with many new concepts; integrated desktop search; compositing as a feature of KWin; and a brand new visual style called Oxygen. KDE 4.0.3 is a bugfix release from the KDE 4.0 release series.

Fedora 9 does not include the legacy KDE 3 Desktop. It does include a compatibility KDE 3 Development Platform, which can be used to build and run KDE 3 applications within KDE 4 or any other desktop environment. Refer to the Backwards Compatibility section for more details about what is included.

Plasma replaces the old Kicker and KDesktop. Plasma manages both the panel and the desktop, and it is now possible to place the same Plasma applets (plasmoids) on both the panel and the desktop if the applet supports the size restrictions imposed by the panel.

The old KDE Control Center (KControl) has been replaced by System Settings (systemsettings).

-- DaveCostello - 17 Jul 2008

firefox 3 web browser

Fedora 9 includes the new Firefox 3 web browser. Be aware some extensions for Firefox version 2 will not work if they haven't been ported up to the new version by the author. Also in testing I eventually developed a problem with extensions updating properly. After an update was found and "installed" the restart did not actually perform the update and the extension was left disabled. Even uninstalling failed. It didn't happen for all extensions installed but it was more than one and I verified these were Firefox 3 compatible. Manually removing the extensions directory ~/.mozilla/firefox/defaultXXX/extensions and then installing all new extensions (add-ons) seemed to solve the problem. So, there may be an issue with updating some extensions installed before the Firefox 3 upgrade.

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