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Fedora, OpenSuse betas embrace GNOME 3.2
Oct. 05, 2011

Betas from the the OpenSUSE and Fedora Linux distro projects have been released with GNOME 3.2 desktops. The Fedora 16 ("Verne") beta also adds support for the GRUB2 bootloader and cloud enhancements, while the OpenSUSE 12.1 ("Asparagus") beta moves to Systemd, and adds Btrfs file-system support.

The ever risk-taking Fedora Project is sticking to its guns by keeping the controversial GNOME 3 environment as the default in its new Fedora 16 beta. Fedora has been joined by rival OpenSUSE, which is jumping to GNOME 3 in its 12.1 beta. Both projects have adopted the latest GNOME 3.2 release, however, which is said to have eliminated many of the bugs of the original, while fixing a few of the most unpopular changes.

Yet, GNOME has not backtracked much from its radical UI makeover. Both Fedora 16 and OpenSUSE 12.1 will block users from booting into GNOME 2.x except for a simplified fallback mode for low-end systems. On both distros, however, users still have the option of switching to the alternative KDE 4.7 desktop.

A full report on both beta releases may be found in our sister publication LinuxDevices.

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