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== Fedora Overview ==
=== Fedora Tour ===
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As always, Fedora continues to [[RedHatContributions | develop]] and [[Features | integrate]] the latest free and open source software. The following sections provide a brief overview of major changes from the last release of Fedora. For more details about other features that are included in Fedora 10, refer to their individual [[Releases/10/FeatureList | wiki pages]] that detail feature goals and progress. Also, throughout the release cycle, there are [[Interviews | interviews]] with the developers behind key features giving out the inside story.
  
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The following are major features targeted for Fedora 10.  
  
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* [[Features/ConnectionSharing|Wireless connection sharing]] -- Enables ad hoc network sharing
== Release Summary ==
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* [[Features/BetterPrinting|Better printing]] -- Improved management and handling of printers for ease of setup and use
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* [[Features/VirtStorage|Virtualization storage]] -- Storage provisioning for local and remote virtualization connections now simplified
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* [[Features/SecurityAudit|SecTool]] -- A new security audit and intrusion detections system
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* [[Features/RPM4.6|RPM 4.6]] -- A major update to the powerful, flexible software management libraries
  
For a less technical user friendly summary of the important changes in this release, refer to:
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Some other major features in this release include:
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* [[Features/GlitchFreeAudio|Glitch free audio]] -- Rewrite of the [[PulseAudio]] sound server to use timer-based audio scheduling for better performance
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* [[Features/BetterWebcamSupport]] -- Improved webcam support.
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* [[Features/Artistic1Removal|Artistic 1.0 License Removal]] -- Remove all packages licensed under only the Artistic 1.0 license.
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* [[Features/BetterLIRCSupport|Better support for infrared remote controls]] -- Make it easier to connect to remote controls and have them just work with many applications.
  
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Features for Fedora 10 tracked on the [[Releases/10/FeatureList|feature list page]].
 
 
=== New in Fedora ===
 
 
 
This release includes significant new versions of many key components and technologies. The following sections provide a brief overview of major changes from the last release of Fedora.
 
 
 
==== Spins ====
 
 
 
Fedora includes several different [http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/CustomSpins spins]. Spins are variations of Fedora built from a specific set of software packages. Each spin has a combination of software to meet the requirements of a specific kind of end user. In addition to a <code>boot.iso</code> image for network installation, users have the following spin choices:
 
 
 
* A regular Fedora image for desktops, workstations, and server users. This spin provides a good upgrade path and similar environment for users of previous releases of Fedora.
 
* One of several Live images that can be run from a disc or USB flash device, and can be installed to hard disk as desired.  Refer to the [[../Live| Live]]  section for more information about the Live images.
 
 
 
More custom spins are available at http://spins.fedoraproject.org. These Live images can be used on USB media via the <code>livecd-iso-to-disk</code> utility available in the <code>livecd-tools</code> package.
 
 
 
==== Jigdo ====
 
 
 
Fedora releases are also available via Jigdo. This distribution method can improve the speed of obtaining the installation ISO images. Instead of waiting for torrent downloads to complete, Jigdo seeks the fastest mirrors it can find via the Fedora Project Mirror Manager infrastructure, and downloads the bits it needs from these mirrors. To optimize seeking these bits, you can tell Jigdo to scan a DVD or CD you already have, and cut down on redundant downloads. This feature becomes particularly useful if you:
 
* Download all the test releases and then get the final release, in which case you have 90% of the data already with each subsequent download.
 
* Download both the DVD and the CD set, in which case the DVD holds 95% of the data needed for the CD sets.
 
* Download any combination of the above.
 
 
 
==== Upgrading using PreUpgrade ====
 
 
 
<code>PreUpgrade</code> is an application users run on an existing Fedora 7, 8 or 9 installation, that resolves and downloads packages required to upgrade Fedora. While <code>PreUpgrade</code> downloads the necessary packages, users are free to continue using their systems.
 
 
 
To use PreUpgrade to upgrade Fedora 9 to Fedora 10:
 
 
 
* Back up all important data before upgrading.
 
* Run the <code>yum update</code> command as root to make sure all packages are updated to their latest versions.
 
* Run the <code>yum install preupgrade</code> command as root to install PreUpgrade.
 
* Run the <code>preupgrade</code> command as root to start the PreUpgrade application.
 
* Select ''Fedora 10 (Cambridge)'' on the ''Choose desired release'' screen, and click the ''Apply'' button.
 
* When all of the packages have downloaded, reboot your system to start the Fedora 10 installer.
 
 
 
For further information, refer to the [http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/PreUpgrade PreUpgrade Wiki]
 
 
 
==== Features ====
 
 
 
* This release features [http://www.gnome.org/start/2.24/notes/C/ GNOME 2.24]. <!-- FIXME: Update this...
 
GNOME now includes a webcam photo and video creation utility called '''Cheese''', improved network filesystem support, a new international clock applet, Google Calendar support and custom email labels in '''Evolution''', a new Remote Desktop Viewer, improved accessibility features, and PolicyKit integration. -->
 
 
 
* [[wikipedia:KDE_4 |KDE]] {{Template:DocsDict/KDEVer}} is available in the KDE Live image as well as the regular DVD.
 
 
 
* Xfce {{Template:DocsDict/XfceVer}} is available as part of this release.
 
 
 
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* NetworkManager 0.7 provides improved mobile broadband support, including GSM and CDMA devices, and now supports multiple devices and ad-hoc networking for sharing connections. It is now enabled by default on installations from DVD, CD, the network, and Live images.
 
 
 
* The Fedora installer, Anaconda, now supports partition resizing for ext2/3, NTFS filesystems, creating and installing to encrypted file systems, improved Rescue Mode with FirstAidKit, independent locations for the second stage installer and the software packages. A redesigned, larger <code>netboot.iso</code> image now features a second stage installer partly for this reason.
 
 
 
* Live USB images now support persistence, so your data and setting changes will be preserved even after rebooting.
 
 
 
* [http://www.packagekit.org/ PackageKit] , a new set of graphical and console tools, with a framework for cross-distribution software management, has replaced Pirut in this release of Fedora.  The Package<code></code>Kit graphical updater is available instead of '''Pup'''.  Behind Package<code></code>Kit, the performance of <code>yum</code> has been significantly improved.
 
 
 
*  Free<code></code>IPA makes managing auditing, identity and policy processes easier by providing web-based and command line provisioning, and administration tools to ease system administration.  FreeIPA combines the power of the Fedora Directory Server with Free<code></code>RADIUS, MIT Kerberos, NTP and DNS to provide an easy, out of the box solution.
 
 
 
* [[wikipedia:Ext4 |Ext4]] , the next version of the mature and stable ext3 filesystem is available as a option in this release. Ext4 features better performance, higher storage capacity and several other new features.
 
 
 
* This release of Fedora uses [[Upstart]] , an event-based replacement for the <code>/sbin/init</code> daemon.
 
 
 
* Firefox 3 (beta 5) brings a number of major improvements including a native look and feel, desktop integration, the new Places replacement for bookmarks, and a re-worked address bar.
 
 
 
* The completely free and open source Java environment OpenJDK 6 is installed by default.  IcedTea 7, derived from OpenJDK 1.7, is no longer the default.  IcedTea includes a browser plugin based on GCJ, and is available for both x86 and x86_64 architectures. GCJ is still the default on PPC architecture.
 
 
 
* '''OpenOffice.org''' 2.4/ with many [http://wiki.services.openoffice.org/wiki/New_Features_2.4 new features] , is available as part of Fedora.
 
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* Fedora now includes [http://perldoc.perl.org/perldelta.html Perl 5.10.0] , which features a smaller memory footprint and other improvements.
 
* Fedora now includes [http://www.tug.org/texlive/ TeXLive]  to replace the older, unmaintained TeX distribution.
 
* Fedora {{Template:DocsDict/BeatsVer}} features a {{Template:DocsDict/KernelVer}} based kernel.
 
* Kernel crashes can be more automatically reported to http://www.kerneloops.org/ and diagnosed in a friendly way via the '''kerneloops''' package installed by default. Crash signatures are commonly referred to as oopses in Linux.
 
* Work on the start-up and shutdown in X has yielded noticeable improvements. -->
 
 
 
=== Road Map ===
 
 
 
The proposed plans for the next release of Fedora are available at [[RoadMap]].
 

Revision as of 16:07, 9 October 2008

Fedora Overview

As always, Fedora continues to develop and integrate the latest free and open source software. The following sections provide a brief overview of major changes from the last release of Fedora. For more details about other features that are included in Fedora 10, refer to their individual wiki pages that detail feature goals and progress. Also, throughout the release cycle, there are interviews with the developers behind key features giving out the inside story.

The following are major features targeted for Fedora 10.

  • Wireless connection sharing -- Enables ad hoc network sharing
  • Better printing -- Improved management and handling of printers for ease of setup and use
  • Virtualization storage -- Storage provisioning for local and remote virtualization connections now simplified
  • SecTool -- A new security audit and intrusion detections system
  • RPM 4.6 -- A major update to the powerful, flexible software management libraries

Some other major features in this release include:

Features for Fedora 10 tracked on the feature list page.