Hearing about Fedora 19 Alpha and Gnome 3.8 I just could not resist to create a VM in VBox, download the netinst.iso and having a first peek. Being well aware that it is “just” Alpha and that, as they indicate in the installer, I have to accept my fate.
The VM I created is pretty basic for what I generally use when “playing” around with a new or different distro. Memory set to 2048Mb, video memory at 64Mb, 2 processors and an 8Gb “hard disk”. For the rest I just accept the defaults. As with regard to “Installation Destionation” I have opted for a custom partitioning, using 500Mb for /boot, 7Gb for / (root) and the remaining space for swap.
After the initial screen, as shown above, a second screen shows the installation progress plus the possibility to set the root password and the creation of a user with an option to add this user to the administration group. Installation took quite some time, about an hour and a half in my case, but hat may as well also being caused by my network speed (or lack thereof).
Once installed and after reboot a “First login” sequence is started to set language and such. What was new to me, and hopefully also for others, was that I was prompted to create a “Local User” account.
I haven’t yet figured out the reason why, particularly since I had already indicated to create an account for me during installation. This is something I still have to look into. When having gone through the “First Login” cycle I was logged in as the “Local Account” and a (Gnome) help window appeared. Not sure if this will be expanded but to me it seemed not very useful at the moment since, AFAIK, it did not provide any new information related to version 3.8.
On the “outside” not much seems to have changed but Gnome 3.8, as far as I can tell at the moment, did make some improvement for convenience. For example, when looking for an application it provides the option to switch between frequently used and all applications.
Furthermore the search is extended to files, documents and others and you have the possibility to set the priority in which area the search has to be done.
What sort of surprised me is that I noticed during a “yum update” that deltarpm was not installed, which is something I have always liked. I do have it now installed and will see if it (already) works. Another thing I experience at the moment is that it all seems sluggish and that CPU use is quite high, but hey .. we are still at Alpha stage.
The final screenshot shows the new Gnome weather application and conky running. With regard to the weather application, haven’t figured out yet how to have it show “proper” metrics.
I think I will keep this VM around and regularly update to see if there are changes and what these changes are.
So I’ll conclude with: to be continued….