All platforms: The Fedora Desktop Project rolled out its lucky number
13 release, adding a few nifty features to the Linux system.
Plug-and-go printer support, open drivers for Intel, ATI, and NVidia
hardware, and a crafty new desktop shell to try out.
The automatic printing and experimental GNOME Shell support are neat
in themselves, but what about “open” 3D drivers? If you’ve ever had to
download Nvidia’s proprietary drivers for a Linux system, you’ve felt
the compromise — your hardware is recognised and utilised, but your
operating system doesn’t have real control over it. Setting up things
like dual monitors is a true headache with proprietary drivers, so the
more natively supported video hardware available for Linux, the better
its chances at becoming a really usable workspace.
Fedora 13 is a free download, and should work on most Intel and
PowerPC-based systems. Read the release notes for an overview of the
new stuff, and Fedora fans (and newcomers) are encouraged to share
tips and favourite features in the comments.