You can find a tour filled with pictures and videos of this exciting new release at http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Tours/Fedora8.
This release includes significant new versions of many key components and technologies. The following sections provide a brief overview of major changes from the last release of Fedora.
Fedora includes several different [http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/CustomSpins ''spins''], which are variations of Fedora built from a specific set of software packages. Each spin has a combination of software to meet the requirements of a specific kind of end user. In addition to a very small `boot.iso` image for network installation, users have the following spin choices:
A regular Fedora image for desktops, workstations and server users. This spin provides a good upgrade path and similar environment for users of previous releases of Fedora.
One of several Live images that can be run from a disc or USB flash device, and can be installed to hard disk as desired. See the "Live" section for more information about the Live images.
More custom spins are available at http://spins.fedoraproject.org. Remember that these Live images can be used on USB media via the `livecd-iso-to-disk` utility available in the `livecd-tools` package.
This release features [http://www.gnome.org/start/2.20/notes/C/ 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.
Online Desktop provides a desktop experience designed around online services. A preview of Online Desktop is provided via BigBoard, which is a optional sidebar in GNOME.
GetVal(DocsDict,KDEVer) is available in the KDE Live image as well as the regular DVD. The KDE 4 (Beta) Development Environment is available in the repository.
Xfce 4.4.1 is available as part of this release.
NetworkManager 0.7 provides improved wireless network management support. It includes support for multiple devices and provides the capability of system-wide configuration, among many other enhancements.
[http://www.pulseaudio.org/ PulseAudio] is now installed and enabled 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, networked audio, and more.
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.
Compiz, the compositing window manager that brings eye candy and usability improvements to the desktop, is installed by default, and is easily enabled by both GNOME and KDE users via the ''Preferences'' > ''Desktop Effects'' tool from the Fedora team. While Compiz is not yet robust or mature enough to be enabled by default, ongoing, long term [http://www.x.org/wiki/Events/XDS2007/Notes Xorg work] by Fedora developers continues, so we can enable [http://hoegsberg.blogspot.com/2007/08/compiz-and-fedora.html Compiz] by default in the next release.
[http://www.opencompositing.org/ Compiz Fusion], which re-merges Compiz and Beryl, is also available in the Fedora software repository. Users can easily install Compiz Fusion via the Add/Remove Programs tool or yum.
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. GCJ is still the default on PPC architecture.
Openoffice.org 2.3, with many [http://wiki.services.openoffice.org/wiki/New_Features_2.3 new features], is available as part of Fedora 8.
Bluetooth devices and tools now have better graphical and system integration.
Laptop users benefit from the "quirks" features in HAL, including better suspend/resume and multimedia keyboard support.
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`.
This release of Fedora has a new look and feel, called [http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Artwork/F8Themes/Infinity/Round3Final Infinity], from the Fedora Art community team.
[http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Artwork/NodokaTheme Nodoka], a fresh new GNOME theme created specially for Fedora, is available in this release.
A new online browser home page, http://start.fedoraproject.org, appears in this release.
Fedora continues to improve its many proactive [http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Security/Features security features], and FORTIFY_SOURCE has now been [https://www.redhat.com/archives/fedora-devel-announce/2007-September/msg00015.html enhanced] to cover C++ in addition to C, which prevents many security exploits.
A brand new graphical firewall configuration tool, ''system-config-firewall'', replaces ''system-config-securitylevel''.
This release offers [http://danwalsh.livejournal.com/13376.html Kiosk] functionality via SELinux, among many new enhancements and security policy changes. This release eliminates the separate strict SELinux policy, since improvements from the strict policy have been merged to a single targeted policy package.
The `glibc` package in Fedora 8 now has [http://people.redhat.com/drepper/sha-crypt.html support] for passwords using SHA256 and SHA512 hashing. Before only DES and MD5 were available. The tools to create passwords have not been extended yet, but if such passwords are created in others ways, `glibc` will recognize and honor them.
Secure remote management capability is now provided for Xen, KVM, and QEMU in Fedora 8 [http://berrange.com/personal/diary/2007/08/fedora-8-virtualization-work-in virtualization].
Eclipse 3.3 (Europa), a new release of the acclaimed development platform, is available as part of this release.
In this release, the performance of `yum`, Pirut, and Pup have been significantly improved.
The Add/Remove Programs tool, `pirut`, introduces a new graphical interface for managing software repositories. Use ''Edit'' > ''Repositories'' to enable/disable any of the installed software repositories. :
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.
[https://hosted.fedoraproject.org/projects/transifex/ Transifex] provides a web-based translation interface to allow users to contribute translation work for Fedora hosted projects as well as being able to provide translations to upstream directly to any upstream project.
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.
Fedora 8 features a 2.6.23 based kernel.
Fedora now includes support for Nepali Language, extending its reach to many more users.