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Fedora 13 release lifts off

By   |  May 27, 2010

Fedora fans rejoice. Fedora 13, aka Goddard, is now out and you can get downloading immediately. Before you do, however, it’s worth taking a look at what’s new in this latest release.

Desktop

Goddard has a number of nifty new features including a streamlined installer and better networking controls. Even more insteresting, however, is the new automatic print driver installations. No more fiddling around looking for drivers each time you get a new printer. Using RPM and Package Kit, Fedora 13 automatically detects new printer hardware, finds the right driver and offers to install it for you.

Also included, although still experimental is open source 3D support. Fedora 13 includes the free Nouveau driver for those all-too-common NVidia cards. You’ll need to install the mesa-dri-drivers-experimental package to give that a spin but it looks promising.

Word is also that Fedora 13 now boasts even better iPhone and iPod support. Getting decent support for these devices is a constant challenge for Linux users who are all too often driven to running iTunes in a Virtual Machine installation which is less than ideal.

For servers and admins

For systems administrators Fedora 13 includes the Zarafa Open Source edition groupware software. Completely open source and a perfect drop-in replacement for Microsoft Exchange, Zarafa offers Web-based mail, calendaring, collaboration, and tasks.

Also exciting is the Btrfs snapshots integration which can be used to create lightweight filesystem snapshots that can be mounted and booted.

Naturally, gioven Fedora’s and Red Hat’s focus on virtualisation, Fedora includes a number of the most recetn developments in the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) technology including stable PCI addresses. More in the release notes.

Fedora 13 can be downloaded now.

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