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The Fedora Project is an offshoot from Red Hat Linux and was created by Red Hat in September 2003 after they discontinued Red Hat Linux at version 9. Red Hat use the Fedora Project as a proving ground for new technology which will eventually make it into their commercial Red Hat Enterprise Linux product, and have a more open development process which allows the community to contribute to the project.

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Fedora 9 was released on May 13th 2008. Please see my summary below for more information about the release. This information is also posted on my Electric Toolbox blog website.

Fedora 9 comes on either a DVD or 6/7 CD set containing a more full set of packages, or cut down live versions which boots from the media and can be installed from should you choose to; the live versions come in either Gnome or KDE flavours.

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32 bit, 64 bit or PPC?

Select 32 bit if you have a Pentium or Celeron (meaning any Pentium or Celeron, including a Pentium 4, Pentium M, etc.) or the original Core Duo (not a Core 2 Duo).

Select 64 bit if you have a Core 2 Duo, Core Solo, Opteron, Athlon 64, Turion 64, or Sempron. (This also includes the newer "Intel Mac" machines.)

Select PPC if you have a modern Mac that's not an Intel Mac

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Your Fedora DVD or CDs are created using high quality Taiyo Yuden DVDs or Verbatim DataLifePlus CDs. They are sent in a DVD sized case as shown below which holds either the single DVD or CD. The case is then shipped bubble wrapped in a plastic waterproof mailer.

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Release Notes

If you are considering installing or upgrading Fedora 9, I highly recommend having a good look through the release notes on the Fedora Project website before you do so. I have summarised below some of the interesting parts of the release notes.

Live and Install

Fedora 9 comes in either "live" or "install" flavours. The live versions allow you to boot Fedora directly off a CD into a working desktop without installing anything to your computer. You can use a live version to try Fedora out and also see if it works well with your hardware. The live editions are available with either the Gnome (2.22) or KDE (4.0.3) desktops and for the i386 / 32 bit or x86_64 / 64 bit platforms. There are no PPC versions of the live CDs. The live CDs allow you to then install Fedora to your computer from the desktop if you so choose.

The install media comes on either CDs or a single DVD and for i386 / 32 bit, x86_64 / 64 bit, and PPC for older Mac computers. The 32bit flavour comes on 6 CDs and the others on 7. The install version has more software available without having to download and you are able to install both the Gnome and KDE desktops (and Xfce too) if you want to. You won't have to download as much additional software as you customise your system with the full install version than the live version.

Installation Guide

There is a comprehensive installation guide on the Fedora Project website.

Hardware Requirements

For the x86 / 32 bit platform, Fedora recommends at least a 400 MHz Pentium II or better processor and 256MB of RAM for graphical mode. More RAM is always better...

For the x86_64 / 64 bit platform, Fedora recommends 512MB of RAM for graphical mode. Because these are newer processors than 32 bit there's no minimum recommendation for a processor; they should all be good enough.

For the PPC platform, Fedora recomments a 400 MHz G3 or better processor with 256MB of RAM.

Gnome

The version of the Gnome desktop manager with Fedora 9 is 2.22

KDE

The KDE version in Fedora 9 is 4.0.3 and KDE 3.x is not included at all. Note that Plasma replaces the old Kicker and KDesktop, and the KDM login manager uses a new theme format. KDM themes written for KDE 3 do not work with the KDM in KDE 4.

Xfce

Xfce 4.4.2 is included on the install media but there is not curretly a live CD version for Xfce. There will likely be a "spin" created for a live version of Xfce at a later time which is what happened with Fedora 8.

Firefox

Fedora 9 comes with Firefox 3.0 beta 5.

ext4 File System

The new ext4 file system is available in Fedora 9 as a nearly feature complete preview. It is possible to install onto an ext4 partition by adding the "ext4" boot parameter when booting into the installer and selecting custom partitioning, but given ext4 is still not complete this may not be a good idea.

Multimedia

As usual, Fedora ships without MP3 or DVD playback support because both formats are patent encumbered.

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