Although Fedora is not a rolling release distribution, they do a good job of keeping things up to date.For example, Fedora 23 currently has Linux kernel 4.5.6, while Fedora 24 RC with the latest updates installed has 4.5.7.

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Libre Office goes from 5.0.2 to 5.1.4, Shotwell doesn't change at all (0.23.1), and neither does Firefox (47.0).

The other significant change is bringing the desktop GUI up to the latest release.

One place that this shows very clearly is that it includes the Calligra office programs (word processor, spreadsheet and presentation) rather than Libre Office.

Fedora seems to have hedged their bets on the web browser, however, as there are actually three included -- Konqueror (part of KDE), Firefox and the lightweight Qup Zilla.

Fedora 24 Release Candidate 1.2 has been declared Gold, so the final release will be made on Tuesday, 21 June.

The biggest news with this release is the change to the gcc 6 compiler, which required bulk recompiling of essentially the entire distribution.

As for the installation process, I recently posted a series of screen shots of Anaconda, so I will only say that everything was absolutely routine.

When the Gnome version is booted for the first time after installation, it brings up a series of (Gnome-driven) questions which don't do much more than repeat what you have already entered about the system language, keyboard, network connection and such. I find this whole Gnome configure-and-start procedure to be questionable, especially because the window content is extremely plain, black-and-white and makes a very jarring contrast with the colorful graphics of the default Fedora Gnome desktop.

I've written many times about how awful I think the Clickpad is in general, but Fedora 24 seemed to have a particularly difficult time with it.

It almost never read a real click, no matter where I pressed on the clickpad, and it was very inconsistent in reading taps as well.

Cinnamon The Cinnamon desktop is a relative newcomer to the Fedora spins.