Announcing the release of Fedora 14
Jared K. Smith
jsmith at fedoraproject.org
Tue Nov 2 13:27:41 UTC 2010
It's here! It's here! It's really here! Fedora 14 has been
officially released! Fedora is a leading edge, free and open source
operating system that continues to deliver innovative features to many
users, with a new release approximately every six months.
Fedora 14, codename Laughlin, is now available for download. Join us
and share the joy of free software and the community with friends and
We know you can't wait to get started with Fedora 14, so simply follow
this link to download it today:
If you want a quick tour of highlights in this release, check out:
For more information including common and known bugs, and tips on how to report
bugs, please refer to the release notes:
You can also find this announcement text at:
=== What's New in Fedora 14? ===
==== For desktop users ====
A universe of new features for end users:
* libjpeg-turbo: Users can load and save images faster in Fedora 14
than in previous releases.
* Spice: Spice (Simple Protocol for Independent Computing
Environments) provides users with an enhanced remote desktop
experience. Currently, it provides the rudimentary foundation to take
advantage of things like Accelerated 2D graphics, encryption, and
hardware cursor support.
==== For developers ====
For developers there are all sorts of additional goodies:
* D: Fedora 14 introduces support for D, a systems programming
language combining the power and high performance of C and C++ with
the programmer productivity of modern languages such as Ruby and
* Python 2 upgrade: The system python 2 stack has been upgraded to 2.7.
* GNUStep: A GUI framework based of the Objective-C programming
language which is part of the gcc.
* Memory Debugging Tools: The new "gdb-heap" package adds a new "heap"
command to /usr/bin/gdb which allows you to get a breakdown of how a
process is using dynamic memory.
* Rakudo Star: An implementation of Perl version 6, based on the Parrot VM.
* Support for Milkymist: Developers can enjoy developing for
Milkymist, an open hardware embedded board, on Fedora 14. Thanks to
the Fedora Electronic Lab for their work in this regard.
==== For system administrators ====
And don't think we forgot about the system administrators:
* Fedora is now available for users of the Amazon Elastic Computing
Cloud service, released concurrently with the traditional release.
* virt-v2v assists in the easy migration of Xen virtual machines to
KVM virtual machines.
* A Virtualization Technology Preview Repo allows users to test the
very latest developments in virtualization related packages.
* Varnish has been updated and includes improved scalability and a new
* Apache has been updated and includes a number of module and security fixes.
And that's only the beginning. Updated versions of many packages, as
usual, will be available in Fedora 14. A more complete list with more
details of the new features on board Fedora 14 is available at:
OK, so what are you waiting for? Go download it! You know you can't wait.
If you are upgrading from a previous release of Fedora, refer to
In particular, Fedora has made preupgrade a more robust solution and
pushed several bug fixes to older releases of Fedora to enable an easy
upgrade to Fedora 14.
Fedora 14 full release notes and guides for several languages are available at:
Fedora 14 common bugs are documented at:
=== Fedora Spins ===
Fedora spins are alternate version of Fedora, tailored for various
types of users via hand-picked application set or customizations. They
can be found at:
== Contributing Back to Fedora ==
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, design and do artwork, help
with all sorts of promotional activities, and package free software
for use by millions of Fedora users worldwide. To get started, visit
== Fedora 15 ==
Even as we continue to provide updates with enhancements and bug fixes
to improve the Fedora 14 experience, our next release, Fedora 15, is
already being developed in parallel, and has been open for active
development for several months already. We have an early schedule for
an end of April 2011 release:
== Contact information ==
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