LINK to read the official announcement.
Fedora 14 continues a trend started in recent releases, where focus is apparently vanishing from standard desktop features while concentrating on concepts that IT professionals surely will appreciate. Some of Fedora 14 most relevant new features include:
- Programming software updates including QT4.7, NetBeans 6.9, Python 2.7, Perl 5.12, GCC 4.5 and Eclipse Helios.
- Support for D programming language.
- Latest 2.6.35 Kernel series.
- Up to date desktop environments including GNOME, KDE, XFCE and others.
- Repository updates for the most popular desktop applications including Amarok, Inkscape, GIMP, Clementine, etc.
Most of these features/updates will be of little relevancy for the average desktop user. I have tried Fedora 14 myself and haven't found much that would justify an update/installation. Considering Fedora usually keeps repositories very much up to date (Fedora 13 users enjoy most of those software updates already), there are not many elements making Laughlin that attractive. Unless you are a programmer in need for very specific pieces of software, the only driver I can think of would be enjoying the latest Kernel and desktop manager releases, which would be fair enough, but certainly speaks volumes about this Fedora release.
All in all, I don't find Fedora 14 features and updates worth putting together a review. I am sure the relevancy is there, but not so much for the average user. I have the feeling that Fedora will slowly become a specialist distro, losing part of its user base, which will inevitably migrate to other more user friendly alternatives.