Good review of Fedora 9 Beta

April 15, 2008 at 2:09 pm (linux, PlanetFedora) (, )

I ran across this great review of Fedora 9 Beta.

The author does a good job describing many of the new things in Fedora 9 Beta.  I especially like this paragraph:

The Fedora Project attracts a lot of interest from the Linux faithful. While there are perhaps more newbie-friendly, corporate-friendly, or special-interest-focused distributions, Fedora continues to wear the innovation hat.

The word play of Fedora wearing the innovation hat is pretty clever.  However, the article makes it clear that not only is that statement clever…it is also literally true.

The review certainly makes KDE 4 sound interesting to this GNOME user.  I just may need to give it a try when I upgrade to Fedora 9.  The new NetworkManager sounds exciting.  However, the two new features that are most exciting to me are:

  1. Option to have encrypted disks upon install.
  2. USB Live Image persistence.

Speaking of USB Live images that feature persistence, have you seen how easy it is to create these sticks?

# ./livecd-iso-to-disk --overlay-size-mb  1200 /path/to/iso /path/to/stick

Where the ‘overlay-size’ is the size of space on the USB that you would like to use as persistence drive space on the USB key.  For a more thorough explanation of this feature please see this great interview with Jeremy Katz.

USB persistence is such a cool feature!  It’s literally like having a tiny computer in your pocket.  I would like to know if in the future, we will be able to create a persistent USB live image with disk encryption.  In other words, where the live image on the USB key can store it’s persistent data in an encrypted file system.  Now THAT would be really cool!


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