Fedora 13 Boasts Many Leading-Edge Enhancements
By Jason Brooks
Since its first version, in 2003, Red Hat's Fedora Linux has been the
best place to track what's on the leading edge of Linux and open-source
<http://www.eweek.com/#> software. Of course, the trouble with running
on the leading edge is that it's easy to get cut, and the Fedora
distribution's fast development pace has required a certain amount of
bug-squashing tolerance from its users.
Fedora 13, which began shipping in late May, boasts many of the
leading-edge enhancements—and few of the rough spots—that I've come to
expect from the popular Linux-based operating system. In particular, I
appreciated the work the Fedora team has done in the area of security
and permissions, with progress toward more granular rights management
<http://www.eweek.com/#> through Fedora's PolicyKit framework, and an
implementation of the SELinux (Security-Enhanced Linux) framework that
remained, for the most part, tucked away unobtrusively in the background.
I made a blog post last week to gauge the Fedora community's
feelings about our Microblogging to see how strongly people felt about
certain things (as well as to initially inform them that we've gained
the @fedora Twitter account) and to see if anyone had any ideas. I've
also made a summary of the points made so far, however Quaid made a
very worthwhile comment since then which is worth reading. Those of
you who were in the Marketing meeting yesterday already know about
this but I forgot to post it to the list, which I'm doing now :-)
In terms of further discussion about issues such as language, where
did we decide we were going to pursue those? In the meetings?
 - http://bit.ly/a9uFus
 - http://reality.fedorapeople.org/microblogging.html
Thanks a lot,
"In a recent article I introduced to the Ghacks readers the latest
release from Fedora (see “Fedoras Lucky 13“). In this article I
mentioned a number of features that helped to make Fedora one of the
more user friendly Linux distributions available today. One of the
reasons this is so is the inclusion of some tools that make using Fedora
13 incredibly easy. One such tool is the backup system Deja Dup. Daja
Dup makes backups incredible simple. With an interface containing no
more than a menu bar and two buttons, backing up couldn’t be easier.
But that simplicity doesn’t mean Deja Dup is complete bereft of
features. Not at all. In fact, you’d be surprised at how many different
ways you can backup with Deja Dup. In this article you are going to see
how easy it is to back up your Fedora 13 files and folders with this
"Fedora has done something that, in many peoples’ eyes, is much more
important…they have released an amazingly rock-solid operating system.
What happened to the good old days of installing Fedora and then having
to spend time tweaking it to get it to work right? Now it’s just install
and go. And go it does"
Sugar on a stick is now a official Fedora Spin
"At last week's LinuxTag conference in Berlin, Sugar Labs, the
organisation behind the One Laptop Per Child's XO laptop software,
released Sugar on a Stick version 3.0, also known as "Mirabelle". Sugar
on a Stick is a version of the free open source Sugar Learning Platform
that can be installed on a bootable USB flash drive to run on a
conventional desktop, notebook or netbook computer."
"Turns out it's a small, orange plum that really has nothing to do with
Sugar's Fedora underpinnings, but certainly sounds healthier than
Google's versioning schemes. Mirabelle has just been given the Sugar on
a Stick treatment, and as with previous releases this one can be loaded
to DVD or thumb drive and booted to give a taste of XO without requiring
any repartitioning. Sugar on a Stick is now an official Fedora spin,
distributed on the Fedora site in both 32- and 64-bit flavors at the
other end of that source link below. "
"Bentley: Why the Fedora community distribution and not another?
McPherson: Fedora is the basis for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, which
represents a large percentage of the Linux market. This provided us with
a very relevant model to assess. Also, David A. Wheeler had used Red Hat
for his study in 2002. OpenSuse and Debian/Ubuntu would, of course, also
be great targets for this study. We may do that at a later date. We also
would like to use an embedded distribution."
"I could continue on forever and a day about how Fedora 13 brings a
world of improvement to the Fedora/Linux experience. But the best thing
I can say is that Ubuntu better watch out or Fedora might well usurp it
as the king of Linux for new users. And since Fedora is already one of
the most popular distributions with experienced users…you get the picture.
If you have never tried Fedora do so now. If you jumped ship on Fedora
some where around Fedora 9, I’d say it’s about time you jumped back on
the ship and enjoyed an incredible experience."