Without really intending to, ended up doing a major upgrade to my personal PC, from Fedora 8 to Fedora 9 yesterday. This is not a small upgrade; everything is changed starting with GCC, which means that any customizations that you have to Fedora 6/7/8 won’t be usable or recompilable on 9 without source upgrades.
Had to jump from kernel 2.6.23 to 2.6.25 (2.6.23 won’t compile for 9, and I couldn’t use it because it broke with the new GCC and libraries without first being recompiled). KDE3 is gone and virtually nothing of the “old KDE” frame of reference remains. Basically my entire home folder and dotfiles got moved into “Old_Home” and I am starting fresh.
– NVIDIA drivers (nv only for now, until they release a fix)
– Logging out under Gnome (click and nothing happens)
– Most of KDE4 (wow, very unstable, very unusable)
– Crossover Office (fonts completely unreadable)
I guess that’s how it goes with a bleeding edge upgrade.
Summarized opinion? NOT recommended. There is a fine line between “lots of changes, because we’re pushing the envelope, please join us” on the one hand and “congratulations, thanks to our upgrade you no longer have a working PC” on the other. Fedora 9 is far too close to the latter.