View Full Version : F13 - Released! - Paul Frields

25th May 2010, 03:58 PM
I'm proud to announce the release of Fedora 13, the latest innovative
Linux distribution from the Fedora Project, a global, collaborative
partnership of free software community members sponsored by Red Hat.

If you can't wait to get the distribution, simply visit:

If you want a quick tour of highlights in this release, check out:

You can also find this announcement text at:

Or read on for loads of information about the new release and all the
leading edge technologies we've packed into it. More links are
available at the end of this message, too. Enjoy!

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Fedora is a leading edge, free and open source operating system that
continues to deliver innovative features to many users, with a new
release about every six months. We bring to you the latest and
greatest release of Fedora ever, Fedora 13! Join us and share the joy
of Free software and the community with friends and family. We have
several major new features with special focus on desktops, netbooks,
virtualization and system administration.

== What's New in Fedora 13? ==

=== For desktop users ===

A universe of new features for end users:

* Streamlined Installer. The user interface of Anaconda, the Fedora
installer, has changed to handle storage devices and partitioning in
an easy and streamlined manner, with helpful hints in the right
places. Thanks to Chris Lumens and others on the Anaconda team, and
Máirín Duffy, Fedora Design team lead, for her user interface

* Automatic print driver installation. We're using RPM and PackageKit
for automatic installation of printer drivers, so when you plug in a
printer, Fedora will automatically offer to install drivers for it
if needed. Thanks to Tim Waugh and Richard Hughes.

* New desktop applications and enhancements. The Shotwell photo
manager, Deja-dup backup software, Pino Identi.ca/Twitter client,
and Simple Scan scanning utility are all delivered by default to
provide an enhanced desktop experience out of the box. Palimpsest,
the desktop utility for handling storage devices, can now manage LVM
and RAID disks easily. As with the past several releases, Fedora 13
includes enhanced webcam support. Hans de Goede from Red Hat has
specially focussed on better support for dual mode camera's for this

* NetworkManager improvements include better Mobile Broadband,
Bluetooth, and new CLI abilities. NetworkManager was introduced in
Fedora 7 and has become the de facto network configuration solution
for distributions everywhere. NetworkManager is now a one-stop shop
for all of your networking needs in Fedora, be it dial-up,
broadband, wifi, or even Bluetooth. In Fedora 13 NetworkManager adds
mobile broadband enhancements to show signal strength; support for
old-style dial-up networking (DUN) over Bluetooth; and command line
support in addition to the improved graphical user interface. Thanks
to Dan Williams of Red Hat for his extensive work on these features
upstream and within Fedora.

* Color management. Do you like your printouts to look the same as
they do on screen - or your scanner output to look the same as what
you just scanned? Color Management allows you to better set and
control your colors for displays, printers, and scanners, through
the gnome-color-manager package. Thanks to Richard Hughes from Red
Hat for his involvement upstream and in Fedora.

* Enhanced iPod functionality. Newer Apple iPod, iPod Touch and iPhone
models are supported by some of your favorite photo management
software and music library applications such as Rhythmbox. The
devices are automatically attached using the libimobiledevice
library, so you can work with your content more easily.

* Enhanced streaming and buffering support in Totem. Totem's Movie
Player and web browser plugins are now better at handling large
streaming media, such as HD movies and Podcasts, thanks to the new
disk-buffering support in GStreamer.

* 3D support for ATI cards (R600 and R700) via Radeon driver. In
Fedora 13, 3D support for many ATI cards has moved out of
experimental status and is enabled by default. 2D support for the
latest generation (R800) is integrated as well in this
release. Thanks to Red Hat's Dave Airlie and many others for
involvement upstream and in Fedora.

* Experimental 3D graphics support extended to free Nouveau driver for
NVidia cards. This release also adds experimental 3D support to a
wide range of NVidia cards, adding them to the list of liberated
video capabilities. Install the mesa-dri-drivers-experimental
package to try out the work in progress. Thanks to Red Hat's Ben
Skeggs for involvement upstream and in Fedora.

* KDE improvements. KDE in Fedora continues to provide tight
integration with the latest technologies in Fedora. In this release,
we have improved integration with PulseAudio via Phonon and the
volume control KMix, which controls per-application volumes and
moves application sounds between hardware devices, as well as with
the latest PolicyKit authorization framework. We have also
integrated new major versions, based on the KDE Development Platform
4, of the KOffice office suite, the K3b CD/DVD/Blu-ray burning
application and, for developers, the KDevelop IDE, which provide
better integration with the KDE 4 Plasma Desktop and no longer
require the KDE 3 compatibility libraries. Thanks to the work of a
growing community of KDE contributors in Fedora.

* DisplayPort support improvements. Fedora 12 added initial support
for the new DisplayPort display connector for Intel graphics
chips. Support for Nvidia and ATI systems has now been added in this
release. Thanks to Red Hat's Xorg team.

* Experimental user management interface. The user account tool has
been completely redesigned, and the accountsdialog and
accountsservice test packages are available to make it easy to
configure personal information, make a personal profile picture or
icon, generate a strong passphrase, and set up login options for
your Fedora system. Try out the work in progress. Thanks to Matthias
Clasen from Red Hat's Desktop team and others.

=== For developers ===

For developers there are all sorts of additional goodies:

* SystemTap static probes.
* Easier Python debugging.
* Parallel-installable Python 3 stack.
* NetBeans Java EE 6 support.
* IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition, Java IDE.

=== For system administrators ===

And don't think we forgot the system administrators:

* boot.fedoraproject.org (BFO).
* System Security Services Daemon (SSSD).
* Pioneering NFS features.
* Zarafa Open Source edition Groupware.
* Btrfs snapshots integration.
* LVM Snapshots merging support.
* Virtualization enhancements.
* Dogtag Certificate System

And that's only the beginning. A more complete list with details of
all the new features on board Fedora 13 is available at:


OK, go get it. You know you can't wait.


If you are upgrading from a previous release of Fedora, refer to


In particular, Fedora has made preupgrade a more robust solution and
pushed several bug fixes to older releases of Fedora to enable an easy
upgrade to Fedora 13.

For an quick tour of features in Fedora 13 and pictures of many
friends of Fedora, check out our "short-form" release notes:


Fedora 13 full release notes and guides for several languages are
available at:


Fedora 13 common bugs are documented at:


=== Fedora Spins ===

Fedora spins are alternate version of Fedora tailored for various
types of users via hand-picked application set or
customizations. Fedora 13 includes four completely new spins in
addition to the several already available, including Fedora Security
Lab, Design Suite, Sugar on a Stick and Moblin spin. More information
on these spins and much more is available at


== Power PC Support ==

With Apple moving to Intel based machines and Sony PlayStation
dropping Linux support, Fedora PowerPC (PPC) usage has dropped
considerably. In Fedora 13, PPC is now a secondary architecture and
the Fedora release engineering team no longer manages PPC releases. If
you would like to participate in the PPC effort or any of the
secondary architecture teams, refer to:


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Paul W. Frields

*(my apologies to Paul for shortening his email; had to cut back to keep it in one post - Bob)