A few more notes about Fedora
Okay, so it looks like what I called the “dock” in my Fedora 15 preview is actually supposed to be called the “dash”.
I also forgot to mention the new drop down menu that appears when you click your name. This handy feature provides quicker access to your account settings, the control panel, and other useful items like toggling “lock screen” on or off, as well as the “switch user” and “suspend” controls.
If you prefer to turn your laptop off rather than just Suspend it, press and hold the ALT key to change “Suspend” to “Power off”.
Here are some handy links to guide you while learning GNOME 3:
I just noticed that 2 of the more popular web browsers are not in the repositories – Chromium (Google) and Opera. Now, I know Opera is not open-source, but I’m still surprised that neither of them can be installed – not everyone likes Firefox. The minimalist browsers Midori and Dillo are included, though.
The LXDE window manager is included, and does seem to be fairly complete. But the extras, just like Xfce’s extras, are all separated and you need to go through and check each one you want installed beyond the basics.
There is an unexpected feature that at first I thought was a bug – if you move your mouse pointer to the lower right, a translucent dark gray strip appears along the bottom of your screen. This is where all your notifications are sent – when you move programs into or out of the Dash, when you receive security alerts (SELinux is installed by default), and when you have an IM running. If you are running Rhythymbox, its icon also appears in the lower right of the screen.
Since the main focus of my website is playing games on Linux, I’ll run through how Fedora’s selection compares to those available in Ubuntu, Mint, and Debian.
FPS – Fedora has 4 of the 7 first person shooters I discussed last December. It also includes World of Padman, which I’d heard about but is not in the regular Ubuntu repositories.
Logic and Puzzle games – At least 10 of the best puzzle-type games can be found including: Angry Drunken Dwarves, Atomix, Berusky, Frozen Bubble, Crack Attack, Enigma, Fish Fillets NG, and of course Mah Jongg and Gweled.
Board games – Chess, Go, Checkers, and Backgammon. The checkers game doesn’t need to run from the terminal but it’s the same program as Ubuntu uses. Risk and Atlantik (both KDE games) are here as well as the GGZ games collection.
Shooters – 4 of the better ones, Astromenace, Adanaxis, Chromium, Kobo Deluxe, and at least 10 others I don’t remember being in the Ubuntu repositories.
Card games – 3 solitaire games (AisleRiot, Free Cell, PySolFC), GNOME Hearts, and the popular PokerTH are available.
Run N Jump/Platformers – Alex4, Abe, Asylum, Blob Wars, Holotz’s Castle, Neverball, Parci el Mariano, Secret Maryo Chronicles, Supertux 2, Teeworlds, and a few others.
There was an article back in February about 19 great open source games for Linux on the Unixmen website. I found 8 of them: Astromenace, Bos Wars, Super Tux Kart, Secret Maryo Chronicles, Vega Strike, Lincity NG, Tuxracer and Urban Terror.
DOSBox and Wine are available. PlayOnLinux has a Fedora rpm file, however when I installed it, I wasn’t able to find where it showed up.
Emulation: Fedora provides 3 SNES emulators in the 32-bit repositories, and 3 NES ones as well. Fedora actually does better than Ubuntu there, since there is only one halfway decent NES emulator I found in Ubuntu (GFCEU) and it is difficult to set options such as doubling the size of the window, and trying to save or load save states. NEStopia, GFCEU, and FakeNES are the ones in Fedora, and FakeNES is definitely the best of the bunch. It has all the features you see in NES emulators for Windows, except the minor flaw that it can’t read compressed ROM files. That’s only a quibble – they are small enough in size that it isn’t a problem to unzip them.
There are 2 decent Sega Genesis emulators, “Gens” is in my opinion the best. Fedora also has a Sega Master System emulator. There is a GBC emulator called Gambatte which is quite nice and provides as much as any of the Windows ones. This partly makes up for the lack of a GBA emulator. Also available is a Gamecube emulator if you have discs for it. However, Nintendo 64 and Playstation emulators are not to be found.