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Fedora 13 "Goddard" Alpha Released

March 10, 2010

The Fedora Project is a Red-Hat-sponsored and community-supported open-source project. It was originally based on Red Hat, but now serves as a proving ground for new technology that may eventually make its way into Red Hat products. However, it is not a supported product of Red Hat. The goal of The Fedora Project is to work with the Linux community in order to build a complete, general-purpose operating system exclusively from free software.

The Fedora 13 “Goddard” Alpha released.The Linux distro comes with a lot of new features and updates catering to all user groups, regular users, developers and system administrators. Ease of use was a main focus and Fedora 13 comes with automatic printer drivers and language packs installation, saving the users quite a bit of time.

An updated NetworkManager should make networking in Fedora a lot easier and seamless, as everything having to do with connectivity – dial-up, broadband, WiFi and even Bluetooth – can now be done from one place. And for the nostalgics, all this can be done from the command-line too. Also on the hardware side, Fedora 13 Alpha gets experimental support for the promising open-source Nvidia driver, Nouveau. However, it is not available by default, you need to install the mesa-dri-drivers-experimental package to try it out.

Highlights of Fedora 13 “Goddard” Alpha:

  • 3D Support for Nvidia Systems;
  • Automatic installation of printer drivers;
  • Btrfs snapshots integration.
  • Color management;
  • Enhanced Init System;
  • Improved Anaconda Installer;
  • Improved NetworkManager;
  • Improved software management;
  • KDE SC 4.4;
  • Language packs are automatically installed;
  • Linux Kernel 2.6.32;
  • Mozilla Firefox 3.6 web browser;
  • NetBeans 6.8;
  • Python 3 support;
  • Revamped user management interface;
  • Support for webcams;
  • SystemTap static probes;
  • Topology Awareness;
  • Zarafa Groupware;

Fedora 13 Goddard

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