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
https://bugzilla.redhat.com/. 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:
* boot.fedoraproject.org (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:
For more information including common and known bugs, tips on how to
report bugs, and the official release schedule, please refer to the
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, help with all sorts of
promotional activities, and package free software for use by millions of
Fedora users worldwide. To get started, visit
Fedora -- Freedom² is a feature!
As some of you may know, professors at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke
University have been conducting a study of Fedora, and have put together an
online survey based on interviews they conducted with several dozen folks from
We are now in the midst of our FINAL PUSH to get as many responses as we
can. This week is the last week for survey data. If you've been waiting
around, wait no more: this is your last, best chance to help. :)
You can access the survey here:
Their research goal is to focus more deeply on three primary themes that
emerged from over 20 interviews they conducted with participants in the Fedora
o Values that are relevant to participants (e.g., to what
extent is 'Open Source' a relevant value across the Fedora
o Activities that participants engage in to help sustain the
community (e.g., to what extent is 'testing' a collaborative
activity across the Fedora Project?), and
o Tools participants use for communication or workflow (e.g.,
to what extent is 'Planet' or 'Koji' used across the Fedora
The findings of this research will go a long way to helping us better
understand what makes the Fedora community tick. I think it is a hallmark of
our success as a community that academics are starting to study in detail the
ins-and-outs of how our community works.
Please respond as soon as possible -- should take about 15 minutes of your
time. If you have any comments or concerns, please feel free to email me.
Thanks again for taking the time to answer these questions.
Educational materials should be high-quality, collaborative, and free.
Visit http://opensource.com/education and join the conversation.
In just over a week, on April 19, the wiki will freeze for Release Notes
for Fedora 13. If you have content you would like to see the the
Release Notes go to:
and click on the most appropriate beat. Add your content there.
Note that the content will be reviewed and edited so there is no need to
be concerned that your prose is exactly perfect. If you are pressed for
time, a few words about what changed along with a link to more detail
would be fine. The Docs Project needs to know what you have provided
for F13 before it can write about it!
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The Fedora Project holds a number of global FUDCon events each
year. Typically the Community Architecture team's budget supports one
of these large events each Red Hat fiscal quarter (with the fiscal
year starting on March 1). This year we have the Latin American event,
FUDCon Santiago in Chile, in Q2; the event for EMEA, FUDCon Zurich
in Switzerland, in Q3; and a North American FUDCon event in Q4.
In each case, typically the event will happen sometime in the first
two months of the quarter, so that we can ensure all bills are paid by
Red Hat's financial deadlines. That deadline usually comes a couple
weeks before the end of quarter, so the first two months are the ideal
time to actually stage an event. So the North American FUDCon event
will happen in either December 2010 or January 2011. The bidders will
work with the Community Architecture team to resolve the exact timing.
In the past we've often heard from community members that they'd love
to have an event in a warmer clime during the chilly winter months. We
couldn't agree more, and now we have a way to empower our community to
make that happen. FUDCon Honolulu? Maybe not, but we're open to other
possibilities! We want to find a place for the next North American
event that includes:
* Reasonable travel, room and board costs
* Availability of inexpensive or free event space
* A little warmer than Boston (we hope!)
* Active FOSS/other interested communities that might like to attend
* Consideration of academic schedules for students who want to attend
* Consideration of holidays for people in North America
* One or more organizing Fedora community members with the time and
energy to help prepare
We now have a bid process that lets interested community members
propose FUDCon in their region, or even backyard. Nothing Olympic
style -- simply a way for excited Fedora folks in the locale to help
secure event space, lodging, and other logistical details. We've
already kicked this process off for FUDCon Zurich 2010, and are
looking to start this cycle for North America as well. In the summer,
after FUDCon Santiago concludes, we will kick the same process off for
Latin America again for a 2011 conference.
So here's what you need to do to get the ball rolling:
* Join the fudcon-planning list and let us know you want to bid.
* Make a wiki page called [[FUDCon:Bid_for_<Your_Town>_2011]], with
the information outlined on the bid process page.
The bid process will be open for a period of approximately 3 weeks. At
that point the FPL and Community Architecture teams, as major
stakeholders in the event, will go through the bids and make a
decision on where we'll locate FUDCon North America.
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Paul W. Frields http://paul.frields.org/
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The Board is holding its monthly public meeting on Thursday, April 1,
2010 at 1600 UTC on IRC Freenode. For this meeting, the public is
invited to do the following:
* Join #fedora-board-meeting to see the Board's conversation.
* Join #fedora-board-questions to discuss topics and post
questions. This channel is read/write for everyone.
The moderator will voice people from the queue, one at a time, in the
#fedora-board-meeting channel. We'll limit time per voice as needed
to give everyone in the queue a chance to be heard. The Board may
reserve some time at the top of the hour to cover any agenda items as
appropriate. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!
Paul W. Frields http://paul.frields.org/
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