The first alpha version of Fedora 19 "Schrödinger's Cat" operating system has been officially launched and it's ready for testing.
Unlike former Fedora releases that have been plagued by delays and various problems, the new 19 branch has arrived relatively on time and it's ready to be tested and properly dissected.
“We need your help to make Fedora 19 the best release yet, so please take a moment of your time to download and try out the Alpha and make sure the things that are important to you are working. If you find a bug, please report it--every bug you uncover is a chance to improve the experience for millions of Fedora users worldwide,” reads the official announcement.
The default desktop environment is still GNOME. Fedora 19 "Schrödinger's Cat" uses the latest 3.8 branch of GNOME, which is a considerably bold move from the developers. This is not a well-tested branch and some bugs might still linger.
As an alternative to GNOME, the developers have included MATE Desktop 1.6, a GNOME 2 fork that will satisfy the users who want a more classic look.
Fedora 19 "Schrödinger's Cat" also has a KDE version, based on KDE Plasma Workspaces 4.10, which includes new features for printing and screenlocking, better indexing of files, and more.
“Fedora development releases use a kernel with extra debug information to help us understand and resolve issues faster; however, this can have a significant impact on performance,” the official post also states.
Fedora 19 implements some very interesting features such as 3D Printing support, Kscreen, OpenShift Origin, PHP 5.5, Realmd FreeIPA support, Syslinux Option, Systemtap 2.2, Virt Storage Migration, and more.
A complete list of new features and changes can be found in the official announcement.
Download Fedora 19 "Schrödinger's Cat" from Softpedia. Remember that this is a development version and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended for testing purposes only.