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The Most Awesome But Least-Advertised F17 Feature

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Published on 02 May 2012 07:02 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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Lennart Poettering, the Red Hat developer responsible for systemd, PulseAudio, and other open-source work, has shared what he calls the most awesome but least advertised feature of Fedora 17.

Fedora 17, the Beefy Miracle, has a tasty platter of new features. Among the new F17 features are lots of bleeding-edge patches (e.g. GIMP 2.8 and GCC 4.7), better multi-touch support, DRI2-only drivers, virtualization improvements, and much more. Fedora 17 is looking to be an extremely exciting release from the Red Hat camp and should be officially released around late May (the frequency of Fedora delays for engineering reasons always puts the final date up in the air).

So what does Lennart consider to be the most awesome but least advertised feature of this Fedora release? He mentions it on his blog, but it comes down to the multi-seat improvements for the Beefy Miracle.

Just yesterday I wrote about Making A Easy-To-Setup $50 Linux Multi-Seat Computer using the Plugable Multi-Seat Terminal. Lennart also mentions Plugable and that they've been supporting his systemd multi-seat-related efforts and that they have a Kickstarter drive going on for these $50 devices that makes adding a new seat to any Fedora computer become trivial. In Lennart's blog post he goes over these F17 multi-seat improvements in greater technical detail.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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