The second annual wave of Linux distribution waves is coming to an end, and there is no better way to wrap it up than with Fedora. The new Fedora 8 sports several new features, including built-in Compiz Fusion support for the GNOME desktop. You can enable Compiz Fusion in Fedora 8 by opening System ? Preferences ? Desktop Effects.

Fedora 8 has also improved laptop support in several different areas, including wireless (both Bluetooth and WiFi) and suspending/resuming. This is great news because most of the people I know who run Linux for personal use only have a laptop.

One of the best features in Fedora 8 has to be the PulseAudio integration. This is similar to Vista’s Volume Mixer, and Pieter gave us a heads up that Fedora would be including this by default. With it you can control the volume for individual applications and sound sources on your computer:

PulseAudio Volume Control

Is that it? Not even close. Fedora 8 users will also enjoy the following features:

  • This release features GNOME 2.20. GNOME now includes mail notification in the Evolution mail client, the ability to fill in PDF forms in the Evince document viewer, improved file management, a revamped Appearance control panel applet, a revised help system, and many other enhancements.
  • KDE 3.5.8 is available in the KDE Live image as well as the regular DVD. The KDE 4 (Beta) Development Environment is available in the repository.
  • CodecBuddy is now included, and promotes free, superior quality, open formats to end users trying to play multimedia content under patent encumbered or proprietary formats.
  • 2.3, with many new features, is available as part of Fedora 8.
  • Nodoka, a fresh new GNOME theme created specially for Fedora, is available in this release.
  • Live installations are faster and require a smaller root filesystem. The file system layout has also changed somewhat. System files for the Live images are now under LiveOS/, and a new README file has been provided as a short introduction to the live image.

Fedora 8 Homepage