Today the final stable release of Fedora 15, codenamed Lovelockhas been released. Coming six months after the release of Fedora 14, Fedora 15 continues to bring the latest bleeding edge software to users.
Fedora 15 is a very interesting release for both users and developers. Let us take a brief look at some of the new features of Fedora 15 Lovelock.
GNOME 3 with GNOME Shell as default desktop
With Fedora 15, the GNOME stack has been updated to GNOME 3 and GNOME Shell is now the default desktop. Fedora 15 is probably the first major Linux distribution to ship with GNOME 3.
The Ubuntu users did not like the introduction of Unity in Ubuntu 11.04. Let us see how the Fedora users respond to GNOME Shell.
In case you are not a GNOME user, Fedora has that covered as well with KDE SC 4.6 and Xfce 4.8.
New filesystem BTRFS
BTRFS is a new filesystem which is being actively developed. The installer in Fedora 15 now includes the option install Fedora 15 with BTRFS as the default filesystem. This option is not available on the live images though. It is recommended that users should not try BTRFS on production machines.
systemd finally included
systemd has been finally included in Fedora 15. systemd is a system and session manager for Linux which gives better performance using aggressive parallelization. Here too Fedora 15 is the first among the major Linux distributions to adopt systemd.
Fedora 15 has a new dynamic firewall which makes it possible to change settings without restarting the firewall. An immediate effect of having a dynamic firewall is that it will make persistent network connections possible and make remote printer discovery easier.
LibreOffice replaces OpenOffice.org
Like many other Linux distributions, Fedora 15 has dropped OpenOffice.org and replaced it with LibreOffice. The user interface of LibreOffice and OpenOffice.org are almost identical. So, users will not have any trouble adapting to the new application.
For the complete feature list of Fedora 15, refer to this page.
Download Fedora 15
You can download Fedora 15 from here.
However, it is recommended that you download using torrent. As Fedora 15 has just been released, the direct download could be slow right now.