Fedora 20 released

Today in Open Source: Fedora 20 released. Plus: A look at five different Fedora 20 desktops, and a screenshot tour of GNOME 3.4 in the SteamOS beta

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Fedora 20 released
It's a great day for Fedora fans, Fedora 20 has been released.

This is the latest version of the Fedora Linux operating system's Desktop Edition. It's everything you need to try out Fedora — you don't have to erase anything on your current system to try it out, and it won't put your files at risk. Take Fedora for a test drive, and if you like it, you can install Fedora directly to your hard drive straight from the Live Media desktop.

Install requirements:

A blank CD or DVD or a blank 1GB+ USB stick.
64-bit Intel-compatible PC
1GB memory (RAM)
At least 10 GB hard drive space (only required for installation)

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You can download Fedora 20 at the link above, and you can get more information in the detailed release notes for Fedora 20. It looks like Fedora 20 might be an excellent update of this popular desktop Linux distribution.

Five Fedora 20 desktops
ZDNet has a look at five different Fedora 20 desktops.

Fedora 20 (Heisenbug) will be released today: my comments are based on Release Candidate 1.1, which was declared 'Gold' so there should be no significant changes between it and the final release.

For purposes of this post, I loaded the five different Fedora versions on five different computers:

Gnome 3 — Acer Aspire One 725 (sub-notebook)
KDE — Lenovo T400 (notebook)
Xfce — HP Pavilion dm1-4310ez (sub-notebook)
LXDE — Samsung N150 Plus (netbook)
MATE — Dell Dimension E521 (Tower)

I think it says a lot about the quality and stability of the Fedora release that it installed on every one of these systems without a single problem.

Image credit: ZDNet

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It sounds like ZDNet had a very positive experience with Fedora 20. I'm looking forward to snagging it and giving it a try. Please share your thoughts about Fedora 20 in the comments below if you've had a chance to try it on your system.

GNOME 3.4 in SteamOS Beta screenshot tour
Softpedia has a screenshot tour of the GNOME 3.4 desktop in the SteamOS beta.

At our users' request, we’ve decided to create a quick screenshot tour of the brand new SteamOS Linux operating system from Valve, showcasing the GNOME 3 desktop environment used in the regular desktop mode.

GNOME 3.4 SteamOS Beta Screenshot Tour
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GNOME 3.4 was a very interesting choice of desktops for SteamOS. I am curious to know what people think of Valve's decision to use it rather than another desktop environment. People tend to either love or hate GNOME these days, so it might generate some controversy once more SteamOS beta users have had a chance to discover it.

What's your take on all this? Tell me in the comments below.

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