Fedora 21 reviews roundup

In today's open source roundup: The reviews are in for Fedora 21. Plus: The Distance racing game for Linux, and the SuperTuxKart 0.8.2 beta has been released

Fedora 21 reviews

Fedora 21 was recently released, and the reviews have started to trickle in from various sites. This was a big update for Fedora. You can read a detailed list of changes in the official Fedora 21 release notes.

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Gayan at Hectic Geek enjoyed using Fedora 21:

My experience with ‘GNOME Classic’ under Fedora 21 has so far been wonderful. Although the system responsiveness was slightly disappointing, inevitably, the faster boot-up times, low memory usage, stability and the whole desktop experience, balanced it out at the end. If you are a Fedora and a Gnome 3 admirer, then my humble advice is that you must try it!

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Swapnil Bhartiya at Linux.com also liked Fedora 21 but had some concerns about Fedora's software installer:

The installer is inconsistent from the beginning to the end. When I chose to ‘Install Fedora’ instead of ‘Trying it’ I should have gotten an option to reboot the system by the end of the install, instead of being thrown into the live session. I think Fedora developers need to improve the installer and make important information more visible.

...I found Fedora 21 to be an impressive release. I was able to get the desired software from RPMFusion. Online Accounts and Software are among the many gems that this community has developed and I wish other DEs adopt a similar approach to make people’s lives easier.

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I did my own review on Desktop Linux Reviews and I actually liked the Fedora installer:

The installer in Fedora is quite good though it is a bit different than what you’ll get in Linux Mint and some other distributions. It may throw you off if you haven’t seen it before, but stick with it and you’ll find that it’s very easy to use. Just follow the on-screen prompts and you should have no problems.

Fedora 21 ran very well for me, I had no problems using it. It seemed fast when launching applications and none of them crashed for me. As a desktop distribution it seems quite stable right out of the box, and I think most users will appreciate that when putting it through its paces.

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Distance racing game for Linux

Linux has never seemed to have as many racing games as some other platforms. But a new racing game called Distance is in development, and you can get early access to the game as it develops via Steam.

Softpedia reports on Distance:

Distance is described as a survival racing game and that is probably as close to a genre that you can get. Players need to finish the race where everyone is hunting everyone with weapons that can be found all over the track.

The cars in Distance are able to fly or to glide a short amount of time, they can do all sorts of acrobatics in the air, and they can get destroyed by environmental elements, like getting split in half by lasers.

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The Steam site has more details about the game and the option to get early access to it while it develops. The Steam site also interviewed the Distance developers about why they opted to offer players early access to the game.

Distance is a survival racing game that combines the intense action of arcade racing with the exploration of an atmospheric world. You control a unique car that allows you to boost, jump, rotate, and even fly through a chaotic and twisted city.

Why Early Access? “We think Early Access is a great avenue for us to continue to iterate on Distance with new players the same way we've been doing it since we released our private Alpha to Kickstarter backers in August 2013. We're still working on improving many aspects of the game and we're excited to continue to get new feedback based on our changes.”

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Distance got its start via the Kickstarter site:

Distance is a Windows/Mac/Linux survival racing game that combines the intense action of arcade racing with the exploration of an atmospheric world. You control a unique car that allows you to boost, jump, rotate, and even fly through a chaotic and twisted city. The world has a mysterious history, and as you explore you'll be able to uncover pieces of its past.

The roads are treacherous and unpredictable with obstacles around every corner. Instead of doing laps on a loop, you'll be trying to survive to the end in the quickest time. Since your car has several abilities, it allows you to not only drive fast on the track but also upside down and on buildings and walls! You can also fly to discover new shortcuts and paths.

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