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Fedora 17 KDE review

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On network security, Firewalld was supposed to be the new firewall application for Fedora, but it still not yet production-ready. Though another blogger reported that it is installed, Firewalld and Firewall-applet are not installed by default. Even when you do manager to install, firewall-applet is not even usable, so it does not really make sense to install it.

So for managing the firewall in Fedora 17, system-config-firewall is still the installed graphical interface. Out of the box, it is configured to allow connections from all sources to ssh service, a service provided by OpenSSH server. And that is a major drawback of system-config-firewall: creating more granular rules is not a simple point-and-click operation. That requires knowing how to write firewall rules in Linux.
Fedora 17 Firewall

Fedora 17 gives you all the tools with which to build a very usable Linux desktop or server. The problem, for inexperienced users, is that some of the most important after-installation tasks have to be done from the command line. An example is adding extra repositories. It would be much better to have the ability to add repositories in Apper, just as it is on the graphical package manager on Mandriva, ROSA and Mageia.

Resources: You may download installation ISO images of Fedora 17 KDE and other Spins from here. And read the Release Notes.

Screen Shots: View more screen shots from my test installations of Fedora 17 KDE.

Fedora 17 KDE login screen
Fedora 17 KDE Login Screen

Another look at the default desktop.
Fedora17 KDE Desktop Widgets

A view from the KDE Plasma Netbook interface.
Fedora 17 KDE Plasma Netbook

Dolphin with the ROSA theme icons. Much better than the default Oxygen theme icons. You may add ROSA theme icons to your Fedora 17 installation by following instructions in this article.
Fedora 17 KDE Dolphin ROSA Theme

Telepathy.
Fedora 17 KDE Online Activity

Wondering what Calligra look like?
Fedora 17 KDE Calligra

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  1. njabulo kunene says:

    Just recently installed fedora 17 and i must say this is far better than their previous fedora 16…..KDE this time is just awesome…I even got hooked to the XBMC desktop…like the way it is designed….I’m really impressed with this one

  2. I have been using Fedora 17 KDE and it is really useful. I recommend this to others.

  3. Person #929384-2 says:

    I’ve been using Fedora 17 KDE for about a week and so far I love it. This should go without saying, but it blows Kubuntu and OpenSUSE out of the water.

  4. Ardian Haxha says:

    Actually you can install the rpmfusion repo from the website using any web browsers like Firefox, so no need for command line stuff on adding it.

  5. Luca says:

    I like very much Fedora. This time I’ve installed the Gnome version of Fedora17. It runs very well. I find it to be very stable: surely more than the previous releases, although you get very frequent kernel and driver updates! I also tried the Kde version on an usb stick: very niceas well … I didn’t notice the ” boot from local drive ” issue …

  6. istok says:

    i’ve been using fedora 17 KDE since it was released. no problems, put it on a newish thinkpad, use it all day for work. i must say i’m positively surprised by both, being new to fedora and KDE, and glad i decided to give this setup a chance. i would use the word “stable” to describe them both, which is kinda funny given the popular prejudice. anyway fedora works exceedingly well on my hardware – the reason i had to look for a new distro in the first place.
    i used easylife to install codecs and all that. very uneventful and easy indeed. the only problem i encountered so far has been with amarok due to it being crash-prone, so now i run clementine.

  7. krakus says:

    Hi. This is a question to the reviewer and Adam, who is part of the Fedora team as I see him often on different formus. While booting to Fedora KDE, have any of you experienced KDM login manager problem? After using and enjoying Fedora 16 and 17 KDE spins for some time, suddenly its login manager began to crash. First there was an info about “true” fonts being unable to find, then following some suggestions I removed from grub file the line refering to these fonts. It did not solve the issue. The login manager shows up for few seconds and then crashes. CTRL+ALT+BACKSPACE brings it back only to see it crashing again. Could not solve it, so I had to replace Fedora with something else. Pity, cause it was a pleasure to work with this spin for the few days it worked without problem.

  8. “Like other distributions, Fedora’s boot menu gives you many options, one of which is Boot from local drive. The problem with that option is that it does not work. Attempting to boot the computer using that option invariable leads to an error message like this:
    Booting from local disk…
    FATAL: INT18: BOOT FAILURE”

    This is not a general problem. We explicitly test that function at each release; I use it at least a couple hundred times during validation testing. It works fine. It sounds like your system’s BIOS doesn’t handle it properly.

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