Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Reasons of Fedora 15 for Chemistry Related Programs

Today, final version of Fedora 15 is going to be released. Fedora is a type (distro) of Linux Operating System. I have been using this OS (Red Hat Linux before 2004) for a decade. See my previous article; Pros and cons of Linux OS.
Reasons and features of preferred Fedora 15
As I mentioned Fedora is the leader not follower, so, some of the latest software and Linux repositories are available in Fedora 15. Few of them are;
  • KDE 4.6.x,
  • Xfce 4.8,
  • GCC 4.6, 
  • GNOME 3,
  • LibreOffice 3.3.0,
  • gnome-chemistry-utils-0.12.8,
  • Rupee Sign,
  • improved SPICE support,
  • /var/run mounted as tmpfs,
  • /var/lock mounted as systemd, etc. and
  •  Yum is not necessary to upgrade.
Several Chemistry related programs are available under gnome-chemistry-utils package. Chemistry-utils can appear in Gnome-3 menu that conatins as follows: (These were available inside “education” menu in previous Fedora).
  • 3D molecular structure viewer (GChem3D)
  • Chemical calculator (GChemCalc)
  • 2D structure editor (GChemPaint)
  • periodic table of the elements application (GChemTable)
  • crystalline structure editor (GCrystal)
  • spectra viewer (Gspectrum).
GNOME 3 is somewhat similar to aerospace of Windows vista and 7 that make feel with gnome-shell. This helps window management. It provides a top bar that hosts the 'system status', a clock, and a hot corner that switches to 'overview' mode, which provides easy access to applications and windows. Also, it provides controls for keyboards, monitors, network, sound and power. There is only a close button, not a minimize or maximize button. Double-clicking the title bar of a window maximizes and vice-versa. This type of inclusion may make confusion to some people who were enjoying previous Gnome.  

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