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TechBytes Episode 6: KINect a Cheapo Gadget, Sharing Perceptually Criminalised, Fedora and Fusion 14 in Review

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Summary: A weekly roundup with special focus on hands-on experience and impressions of the latest major release of GNU/Linux, namely Fedora 14

THIS is the sixth episode, which has just been recorded by Tim and Roy. This was done right after today's testing of Fedora and Fusion 14. I installed it permanently on 2 boxes, whereas Tim tried Fusion on his side and, as usual, his site OpenBytes has some show notes. As we've both had a chance to test it on some machines, we may also post detailed reviews soon (c.f. our first show, which was a Fedora 14 special that covered Fusion too).



“Plasma-desktop in KDE (4.5) is very pleasant and it provides a good-looking desktop and brilliant experience.”To summarise my experience in textual form, it was a KDE-only experience and an especially wonderful one. Having just installed Fedora 14 on another box and encountered very few difficulties (ClaudioM and other people who spoke back to me were generally happy with it as well, only with minor pet peeves). I spent many hours on it, getting a feel for what's installed, what works, and what is harder to use. Among the installations, the first, on a desktop, went smoothly, but the second, a notebook, had the same issue as Mandriva had with it (built-in microphone not detected, so external one needed). There is a lot to be said about the startup speed and about Plasma, which has nonetheless given me a hard time today. Plasma-desktop in KDE (4.5) is very pleasant and it provides a good-looking desktop and brilliant experience. Unfortunately it decided to repeatedly crash on the laptop and it's possibly simple to resolve (will retry tomorrow).

As time goes on, TechBytes manages to become more focused, concise, and also incorporate a logical structure which makes it easier to follow. We also intend to end every show with a song from now on. This show closes with "On My Kees" from Aqualung (freely obtainable via SXSW 2009 Showcasing Artists).

RSS 64x64If you wish to be on the show or know someone who ought to be on the show, please let us know. Marti spoke with us for a long time today, but we are trying to sort out recording difficulties which will hopefully be overcome soon. We are eager to have him on a future show.



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