The countdown is on: Fedora 13, "Goddard," is set to launch in mid-May.
Fedora is the leading edge, free and open source operating system that
continues to deliver innovative features to users worldwide, with a new
release every six months.
But wait! What's that? You can't wait a whole month to try out the
latest and greatest in Fedora's leading-edge technologies? You want to
be the first to see what's new? Well, you're in luck. The Fedora 13 Beta
release is available NOW. Hop on board and take a tour of the rocking
What is the Beta Release? The beta release is the last important
milestone of Fedora 13. Only critical bug fixes will be pushed as
updates leading up to the general release of Fedora 13, scheduled to be
released in the middle of May. We invite you to join us and participate
in making Fedora 13 a solid release by downloading, testing, and
providing your valuable feedback.
Of course, this is a beta release, some problems may still be lurking. A
list of the problems we already know about is found at the Common F13
If you find a bug that's not found on that page, be sure it gets fixed
before release by reporting your discovery at
. Thank you!
A universe of new features for end users:
* 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.
* Desktop 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 a
enhanced desktop experience out of the box.
* NetworkManager improvements include better Mobile Broadband,
Bluetooth, and new CLI abilities. NetworkManager is now a
one-stop-shop for all of your networking needs in Fedora, be it
dial-up, broadband, wifi, or even Bluetooth. Mobile broadband
enhancements now show signal strength. Old-style dial-up
networking (DUN) over Bluetooth has also been added. And now,
you can even use NetworkManager from the command line in
addition to the improved graphical user interface. Getting a
connection when you need it has never been easier to figure out,
whether you're at home, at work, at the local coffee shop, or
riding your city's wi-fi enabled public transport.
* 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.
* 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
* Experimental 3D graphics support extended to free Nouveau driver
for NVidia cards. In this release we are one step closer to
having 3D graphics supported on completely free and open source
software (FOSS) drivers. Fedora 12 saw the enabling of a number
of ATI cards; this time around, we've added a wide range of
NVidia cards to our list of liberated video capabilities. You
can install the mesa-dri-drivers-experimental package to try out
the work in progress.
* DisplayPort support improvements - Fedora 12 added initial
support for the new DisplayPort display connector for Intel
graphics chips. Support for Nvidia and ATI systems have now have
added in this release.
* 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.
For developers there are all sorts of additional goodies:
* SystemTap static probes. SystemTap now has expanded capabilities
to monitor higher-level language runtimes like Java, Python, and
Tcl, and also user space applications, starting with PostgreSQL.
In the future, Fedora will add support for even more user space
applications, greatly increasing the scope and power of
monitoring for application developers.
* Easier Python debugging. We've added new support that allows
developers working with mixed libraries (Python and C/C++) in
Fedora to get more complete information when debugging with gdb,
making Fedora an exceptional platform for powerful, rapid
* Parallel-installable Python 3 stack. The parallel-installable
Python 3 stack will help programmers write and test code for use
in both Python 2.6 and Python 3 environments, so you can
future-proof your applications now using Fedora.
* NetBeans Java EE 6 support. The NetBeans 6.8 integrated
development environment is the first IDE to offer complete
support for the entire Java EE 6 specification.
And don't think we forgot the system administrators:
(BFO). BFO allows users to download a
single, tiny image (could fit on a floppy) and install current
and future versions of Fedora without having to download
* System Security Services Daemon (SSSD). SSSD provides expanded
features for logging into managed domains, including caching for
offline authentication. How does this help the sysadmin? This
means, for example, users on laptops can still login when
disconnected from the company's managed network. The
authentication configuration tool in Fedora has already been
updated to support SSSD, and work is underway to make it even
more attractive and functional.
* Pioneering NFS features. Fedora offers the latest version 4 of
the NFS protocol for better performance, and, in conjunction
with recent kernel modifications, includes IPv6 support for NFS
* Zarafa Groupware - Alternative to Microsoft Exchange. Zarafa now
makes available a complete Open Source groupware suite that can
be used as a drop-in Exchange replacement for Web-based mail,
calendaring, collaboration, and tasks. Features include IMAP/POP
and iCal/CalDAV capabilities, native mobile phone support, the
ability to integrate with existing Linux mail servers, a full
set of programming interfaces, and a comfortable look and feel
using modern Ajax technologies.
* Btrfs snapshots integration. Btrfs is capable of creating
lightweight filesystem snapshots that can be mounted (and booted
into) selectively. The created snapshots are copy-on-write
snapshots, so there is no file duplication overhead involved for
files that do not change between snapshots. It allows developers
to feel comfortable experimenting with new software without fear
of an unusable install -- automated snapshots allow them to
easily revert to the previous day's filesystem.
* Dogtag Certificate System It is an enterprise-class open source
Certificate Authority (CA) supporting all aspects of certificate
lifecycle management including key archival, OCSP and smartcard
management. Brought into the fold as part of the Red Hat
acquisition of Netscape technologies, this certificate server is
fully free and open source and now included in Fedora.
And that's only the beginning. A more complete list and details of all
the new features onboard Fedora 13 is available here:
We have nightly composes of alternate spins available here:
Contributing For more information including common and known bugs, tips
on how to report bugs, and the official release schedule, please refer
to the release notes:
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updates, write and edit documentation, help with all sorts of
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