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This section details changes that affect Fedora graphical desktop users.
Previously, users could move the GNOME panels to from one part of the desktop to another by clicking on the gnome-panel, dragging it to another location while holding down and releasing the mouse button. Now, users must also hold down a key on the keyboard while moving the panels. By default, this modifier key is the Alt key, but users may change it to any other key by using the windows preference tool (System>Preferences>Windows).
This change in behavior greatly reduces the chances of a user accidentally moving the panel, and makes moving the gnome-panel the same as moving windows in GNOME.
bluez-gnome Bluetooth management tools was replaced by
gnome-bluetooth. This adds easy access to switching Bluetooth on/off for laptops, an easier to use new device setup assistant, as well as the ability to connect to input and audio devices.
The ObexFTP browsing code now has full write support, and new support for the Wacom Bluetooth tablet is included.
Bluetooth audio support is included in
pulseaudio as a technology preview.
Root User disabled for GNOME Display Manager
Root user is disabled by defaulf for GNOME Display Manager (GDM) from Fedora 10 onwards. We strongly recommend that you avoid logging in as root user and instead use su - or sudo for running commands requiring root access. If you wish to revert this setting however, refer here.
This release features KDE 4.2.2. Compatibility libraries from KDE 3.5.10 are provided for the remaining KDE 3 applications.
KDE 4.2 is the latest release series of KDE 4 and provides several new features over 4.0 and 4.1, in particular most of the features known from KDE 3 and several new ones. KDE 4.2.2 is a bugfix release from the KDE 4.2 release series.
Fedora 11 includes a snapshot of the NetworkManager plasmoid
kde-plasma-networkmanagement, which replaces the KDE 3
knetworkmanager snapshot in Fedora 10. As it was not considered ready for production use, the KDE Live images still use
NetworkManager-gnome instead, as in Fedora 8, 9 and 10. The
gnome-keyring-daemon facility saves passwords for
nm-applet. If you wish to try
kde-plasma-networkmanagement, it can be installed from the repository.
Software Updates (PackageKit)
As the default updater in KDE is
kpackagekit (since Fedora 10), the
gnome-packagekit updater is no longer set up to run in KDE (as of Fedora 11). This avoids the situation where both update applets were trying to run at the same time. Users of Fedora 9 or 10 who were running
gnome-packagekit under KDE should install
kpackagekit when upgrading to Fedora 11.
KDE 4.2 improves support for desktop effects in KWin, the KDE window manager, in particular, they should be more reliable, and more effects are provided, including the famous Cube effect known from Compiz. However, desktop effects are still disabled by default in Fedora due to stability and reliability concerns. Desktop effects can be enabled in the Desktop applet of the System Settings application.
Alternatively, Compiz may also be used with KDE. It can be installed from the repository by installing the
compiz-kde package. Please note, however, that enabling desktop effects in KWin is the preferred way to use desktop effects in KDE 4.
Package and Application Changes
knetworkmanager. It has also been made available as an update for Fedora 10, but does not replace
knetworkmanagerthere. Please note that the
NetworkManager-gnomeis still the default NetworkManager applet in Fedora 11.
In addition, the following changes made since the Fedora 10 release, which have been backported to Fedora 10 updates, are also part of Fedora 11:
- KDE has been upgraded from version 4.1.2 to 4.2.2.
PyQt4have been upgraded from 4.4 to 4.5.
phononlibrary has been upgraded from 4.2 to 4.3.
kdepim3compatibility package, providing the KDE 3 version of
libkcal, has been added to provide ICal support for
- A new subpackage
kdebase-workspace-googlegadgetsprovides support for Google Gadgets in Plasma.
- The former package
qgtkstyleis now part of
- The former package
kde-plasma-lancelotis now part of
kdeutils-printer-appletsubpackages have been split out from
- The Akonadi framework is now used in several
kdepimapplications. Some changes have been made to accomodate it:
akonadipackage now requires
mysql-serverso the default configuration works. The MySQL server does not have to be configured, as Akonadi starts up a per-user instance of
mysqldwith a default server configuration. It is also possible to set up Akonadi to use a manually-configured systemwide or remote MySQL server instance, however this is not the default.
kdepimlibs-akonadisubpackage has been split out from
kdepimlibsbecause some libraries from
kdepimlibsare also used in non-PIM applications. The split allows installing these applications without installing Akonadi and MySQL.
kde-l10nsupports more languages.