The release date for Fedora 10 (codenamed Cambridge) is less than one month away and as a result this Red Hat distribution will go into a development freeze beginning Tuesday. The Fedora 10 Beta occurred in late September, but over the course of the past month there have been three snapshot releases. In the third and final snapshot that was released this past week there are new improvements to this popular Linux distribution along with a new desktop background and better integrated version of Plymouth to greet its users. We have also recorded a new video showing the enhanced start-up process via kernel-based mode-setting.
The new desktop background in Fedora 10 is part of their solar theme. Some of the packages currently in Fedora 10 / Rawhide are GNOME 2.24.1, the Linux 2.6.27 kernel, X Server 1.5.2, OpenOffice.org 3.0, Firefox 3.0, and GIMP 2.6.1.
In our earlier Fedora 10 coverage, such as with the Fedora 10 Alpha Preview and Cambridge Beta articles, we talked in-depth about some of the features for this next Fedora release. If you missed those articles, some of the benefits of Fedora 10 include improved printer support, faster start-up, enhanced web camera support, NetworkManager-driven ad-hoc network sharing, an improved PulseAudio through a timer-based audio scheduler, upgrading to RPM 4.6 package management, and assisted GStreamer codec installation from third-party repositories.