February 28, as expected, launched the development version of what will become Fedora 17 Beefy Miracle. The new release will feature an interesting series of changes much of the system from the system directory location to better performance on the desktop.
To start one of the changes, perhaps the most striking is the move, basically, the whole system to / usr . The / bin, / sbin, / lib and / lib64 are no longer in the root directory but in / usr. However, to avoid conflicts, keep the location of these directories but using symbolic links.Another change is for
remove the video drivers support 3D old . Mentioned including: i810, mga, r128, savage sis tdfx unichrome and. This is not a problem because, first, are no longer officially supported and, secondly, are not compatible with GNOME Shell and possibly also must be in KDE. However, emphasize on the wiki, 2D drivers of these cards will be supported.
also has been added multitouch support . This makes Fedora is, from now, officially compatible with the technology but a lot depends on the applications that leverage this capability.
other hand, the change list is much longer to talk about what is in the process and what remains to be done and plan to do. Some are used as means of creating CD images to Anaconda, displacing livecd-creator. In addition, GIMP 2.8 will include , the long-awaited version which says it is now ready for launch.
Fedora team plans to release the beta on April 3, and finally, the final version on June 8 . So I invite you to test the new release of a large distribution.