Fedora 9 has also adopted Canonical's Upstart as a replacement for System V's init scripts, resulting -- among other things -- in a somewhat faster boot and shutdown, with the promise of more enhancements to come.

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Behind the scenes, Fedora 9 boasts a number of modifications that average users may not observe, but that may still have a major effect on their computing.

Pulse Audio, which was an installable option in Fedora 8, is now a standard in the configuration dialogs, offering more sophisticated sound than earlier alternatives such as ALSA and OSS.

Package Kit is also a marked improvement over Pup, in that it divides upgrades into categories such as Security, Bug Fixes, and Enhancements, allowing you to make choices about what to install without having to go to the effort of researching every upgrade.

However, the way that Fedora 9 has implemented the change is less than ideal.

While Fedora leader Paul Frields says that adding a version of Ubuntu's Wubi remains a future possibility, the live-usb-creator seems a simpler alternative, especially as the result lacks most of the speed problems of a live CD.

For now, the application is not available in Fedora itself, although the project page suggests that it should be soon.Open JDK seems ready for prime time for common desktop purposes, while Firefox 3 is stable, if not optimized for speed yet.Those who use wireless devices with Ralink chipsets should be especially glad of the 2.6.25 kernel, which includes built-in support for them.Alternatively, you can create a bootable USB flash drive -- an option that, starting in Fedora 9, includes the ability to store your own data and permanently alter the installation.Other choice include the Unity subproject's supply of custom spins.Like earlier releases, Fedora 9 offers a wealth of installation alternatives, and introduces some of its own.