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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 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. 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. Thanks to Mark Wielaard from Red Hat.


* 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 application

 development. Thanks to David Malcolm from Red Hat.


* 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. Thanks to David Malcolm from Red Hat.


* 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. Thanks to Victor G. Vasilyev from

 Sun/Oracle for his maintenance and support of NetBeans in

 collaboration with Fedora.


* IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition, Java IDE. Along with Eclipse and

 NetBeans already provided by Fedora, IDEA is a popular Java-based

 development environment newly introduced in this release. It comes

 with an intuitive GUI, integration with Ant and Maven, extensive

 language support, version control systems and test tools integration

 and compatibility with Eclipse projects. Thanks to Lubomir Rintel

 and Michal Ingeli, Fedora community volunteers, for packaging and

 integration of this feature.


=== For system administrators ===


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 additional

 images. Thanks to Mike McGrath, Fedora Infrastructure lead.


* System Security Services Daemon (SSSD). SSSD provides expanded

 features for logging into managed domains, including caching for

 offline authentication. Now 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. Thanks to Stephen Gallagher from Red Hat.


* 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 as well. Thanks

 to Steve Dickson from Red Hat.


* Zarafa Open Source edition Groupware. Zarafa Open Source edition is

 a complete, 100% free and open source groupware suite that can be

 used as a drop-in Microsoft 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. Thanks to Robert Scheck, Fedora community

 volunteer, for packaging and integration of this feature.


* Btrfs snapshots integration. Btrfs is capable of creating

 lightweight, copy-on-write filesystem snapshots that can be mounted

 (and booted into) selectively. Automated snapshots allow system

 owners to easily revert to a filesystem from the previous day, or

 from before a yum update using the yum-plugin-fs-snapshot

 plugin. Btrfs is still an experimental filesystem in this release

 and requires a "btrfs" installation option to enable support for

 it. (This option is only available for non-live images.) Upcoming

 releases will integrate the snapshot functionality into the desktop

 while working on stabilization of the filesystem in parallel. Thanks

 to Josef Bacik, Btrfs filesystem developer at Red Hat, for

 filesystem work and the new yum plugin and Chris Ball from OLPC team

 for leading this effort.


* LVM Snapshots merging support. Recent LVM (and device-mapper)

 snapshot advances included in Fedora 13 allow system owners to merge

 an LVM snapshot back into the origin. In the process you can

 rollback the origin LV to the state it was in before the system

 upgrade. As noted earlier, the yum-snapshot-fs-plugin can work with

 both Btrfs and LVM volumes exposing this functionality and making it

 easier to use. This feature was developed and merged upstream by Red

 Hat's storage team.


* Virtualization enhancements. Fedora continues its leadership in

 virtualization technologies with improvements to KVM such as Stable

 PCI Addresses and Virt Shared Network Interface technologies. Having

 stable PCI addresses will enable virtual guests to retain PCI

 addresses' space on a host machine. The shared network interface

 technology enables virtual machines to use the same physical network

 interface cards (NICs) as the host operating system. Fedora 13 also

 enhances performance of virtualization via VHostNet acceleration of

 KVM networking, Virtx2apic for enhanced guest performance on large

 multi-processor systems, and Virtio-Serial for simple IO between the

 guest and host user spaces. Thanks to the Red Hat virtualization

 team for their ongoing contributions.


* Dogtag Certificate System Dogtag is an enterprise-class open source

 Certificate Authority (CA) supporting all aspects of certificate

 lifecycle management including key archival, OCSP and smart card

 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. Thanks to the PKI team at

 Red Hat.


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:


== 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:


There are many ways to contribute beyond bug reporting. You can help

translate software and content, test and give feedback on software

updates, write and edit documentation, design and do artwork, help

with all sorts of promotional activities, and package free software

for use by millions of Fedora users worldwide. To get started, visit today!


== Fedora 14 ==


Even as we continue to provide updates with enhancements and bug fixes

to improve the Fedora 13 experience, our next release, Fedora 14, is

already being developed in parallel, and has been open for active

development for several months already. We have an early schedule for

an end of Oct 2010 release:


== Contact information ==


If you are a journalist or reporter, you can find additional

information at:




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