Fedora 22 walk through: The first major Linux distro with GNOME 3.16
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Welcome to Fedora 22
Fedora 22 is the first Linux distribution to ship withrnversion 4.0 of the Linux kernel and GNOME 3.16, which adds a variety of improvements and vastly better HiDPI support. This is the second release of Fedora following the project’s realignment to produce Workstation, Server, and Cloud builds, which are specifically tailored to each use case.
The installation manager for Fedora starts with the keyboardrnsettings selection. US English is correctly detected.
The installer is very low-key, with most of the relevantrndetails auto-filled. It requests user verification that automatic partitioningrnis desired.
Root password and main user account options
As Fedora is being installed, you can configure the rootrnpassword and main user account information. Other installers (Ubuntu comes tornmind) request this information before installation begins. By doing so duringrninstallation, the time spent in the installer is reduced somewhat.
Menu includes notifications and installer
In GNOME 3.16, the notifications panel and the installer arernmerged into one menu, which is far more convenient and less visually busy thanrnhaving notifications at the bottom, as in GNOME 3.14 on Fedora 21. World clocksrncan be configured by the user, with Tokyo used here as an example.
Program selection menu
The Program selection menu and the default programs arernshown here. A fresh installation of Fedora 22 Workstation is a relativelyrnlightweight 4.1 GB after installation.
Firefox 38 is the only included browser in Fedora 22, thoughrnalternatives are available in the repositories.
Firefox 38 with the GNOME Theme
This is Firefox 38 with the GNOME Themerninstalled, which makes Firefox more accurately match the global theming ofrnGNOME 3.16. Additional options can be configured in GNOME Theme Tweak.
Fedora 22 ships with LibreOffice 126.96.36.199 as the defaultrnproductivity suite, though individual replacements for these programs, such as AbiWord for LibreOffice Writer, are availablernin the repositories.
Rhythmbox music player and manager
Fedora 22 ships with the Rhythmbox music player and manager,rnwhich automatically looks for files in the user’s /home/user/music/ folder andrnadds it to the library. It can automatically fetch album art from the internet,rnand can integrate with your Last.fm account. (Disclaimer: Last.fm and TechRepublic are CBS Interactive properties.) When a new track starts, this information is placed in the notification barrn(see the dot by the time). Note that displaying Unicode characters (in thisrncase, Hiragana, Katakana, and Kanji from the Japanese language) is handledrnperfectly without any additional configuration. These characters arernanti-aliased, in contrast to the aliased rending found in Windows.
Fedora does not ship with nonfree codecs, though these canrnbe added by the user with the addition of the third-party RPM Fusion repository.
The selection menu is invoked when the Super (Windows) keyrnis pressed. From here, you can switch easily between open programs, open arnprogram from the left sidebar, or switch desktops on the right sidebar.
GNOME Software default screen
The GNOME Software program is used to install programs andrntheir dependencies. The default screen rotates between various defaultrnapplications.
Installed apps in GNOME Software
Viewing installed applications in GNOME Software, certainrnvital but less-often used programs such as Character Map can be bundled intornfolders in the program selection menu. Ubuntu GNOME, which uses the Ubuntu Software Center to install programs, does not have the GNOME Softwarernpackage, which forces users to edit configuration files to achieve the samerneffect.
All Settings menu
You can add your online accounts for a variety ofrnintegrations with the OS, such as your Google Calendar or ownCloud storage system.
Input Method Editors
Out of the box, you can enable an Input Method Editor (IME) here called Input Source to the system, which can be switched using arnkeyboard shortcut or the menu bar at the top. The Kana Kanji IME for Japanese performs better than the Microsoft IME on Windows because it provides more relevant results (for me).
GNOME Tweak Tool
The GNOME Tweak Tool serves roughly the same function asrnTweak UI from older versions of Windows. From this screen, you can turn off the Fedora logo that sits on the bottom right corner.
The usual GNOME desktop games can be installed from thernSoftware package. Swell Foop is the GNOME version of Same Game, a puzzle game thatrnoriginated on the Fujitsu FM-7 home computer.
System resources utility
Helpfully, the utility shows how muchrndata has been transferred since the session started, among other things.
The shutdown screen allows the user to select if softwarernupdates should be installed.
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