Fedora 8 has now released on November 8, 2007 with plenty of new features. See complete list of new features added.
- Added enhanced GNOME 2.20 with improved file management system, enhanced control panel applet, new revised help system, evince document viewer and mail notifcation in Evolution mail client.
- Online Desktop with GNOME sidbar useful to access online web services.
- KDE 3.5.8 is available in the KDE Live image as well as the regular DVD.
- Added NetworkManager 0.7 provides improved wireless network management support. It includes support for multiple devices and provides the capability of system-wide configuration.
- Added new PulseAudio that is install and active by default. PulseAudio is an advanced sound server compatible with nearly all existing Linux sound systems. PulseAudio allows for hot-switching audio outputs, individual volume controls for each audio stream.
- Icluded CodecBuddy to promotes free, superior quality, open formats to end users trying to play multimedia content under patent encumbered or proprietary formats.
- The completely free and open source Java environment called IcedTea is installed by default. IcedTea is derived from OpenJDK, includes a browser plugin based on GCJ, and is available for both x86 and x86_64 architectures.
- New OpenOffice.org 2.3 with several cool new features.
- Better Bluetooth devices and system tools integration.
- Included better suspend/resume and multimedia keyboard support using “quirks” for laptop users.
- There is now improved power management thanks to both a tickless kernel in x86 and x86_64 architectures, and a reduction in unnecessary processor wakeups via powertop.
- New excellent Infinity look and feel from the Fedora Art team with new fresh NADOKA gnome theme.
- Enhanced proactive security features which prevents from many security exploits.
- New improved graphical firewall configuration tool can be accessed from command-line by command “system-config-firewall”, replaced old “system-config-securitylevel” command.
- Offers Kiosk functionality via SELinux with new enhancements and major security policy changes.
- Support for passwords using SHA256 and SHA512 hashing. Before only DES and MD5 algorithm were available.
- Secure remote management capability is now provided for Xen, KVM, and QEMU in Fedora 8 virtualization.
- Added Eclipse 3.3 (Europa), a new release of the acclaimed development platform.
- Improved performance of yum, Pirut, and Pup significantly.
- Introdced new pirut graphical interface for managing software repositories. Use Edit Repositories to enable/disable any of the installed software repositories.
- Integration of unique build IDs into Fedora’s software building infrastructure now provides enhanced debugging capabilities and core dumps.
- Fedora now offers easier rebranding of Fedora derivatives via a generic-logos software package. Changes in Fedora’s mirror structure also make creation of derivatives easier.
- The pam_console module usage has been removed in favor of access control via HAL, which modernizes the desktop.