Fedora is a Linux-based operating system that brings the latest in free and open source software to your desktop, laptop and server, and gives you access to thousands of different open source applications. This helpful, user-friendly operating system is built by people across the globe who work together as a community, to create the the Fedora Project.
Fedora is free to use, modify, and distribute, and includes software that helps you work, play, organize, and socialize. You can read more information about the Fedora Project on our Overview page.
What's new in Fedora 13?
Fedora 13 (Goddard) is filled with improvements that make Linux better than ever for all types of users. Here are a few of the new things you can expect to see when you try out Fedora 13.
|Have you ever tried to use a new printer and been frustrated by error messages and having to hunt for the correct driver to install? With the new easy printing feature in Fedora 13, plug your printer in and Fedora automatically finds and installs the correct driver. This feature allows you to print in many different locations and churn out copies within minutes. It's one of several innovations in Fedora 13 that let you take better advantage of your system's hardware.|
Color management helps artists, photographers, and designers to display and print their work more accurately by using 100% free software. Accurate color outputs for displays, printers, and scanners help you to ensure that the photo you scanned looks exactly the same on screen. And after you touch it up or enhance it, the colors you've chosen are true to how it will print. Color management provides true color workflow for illustrators, designers, photographers, publishers, and creators of all skill levels.
|Want 3D? We've got it, in completely free, accelerated video drivers for ATI, Intel, and now NVidia too. Out of the box you can run a variety of 3D accelerated games, enable cool desktop effects, and even try out the next-generation GNOME Shell on Intel and ATI cards. To set up the new bling for NVidia, just install the mesa-dri-drivers-experimental package using Fedora's handy PackageKit tool.
And since these drivers are completely free (as in cost and freedom), we can continue improving them like any other free and open source software so your enjoyment grows over time.
If you spend your day managing how other people around you use Linux, Fedora 13 is loaded with features that will make your life even easier. Whether you want to migrate new users to a Linux environment or experiment with the newest in open-source technologies to give yourself an edge, Fedora has all the tools you need.
|For instance, you can download a single, tiny image file from boot.fedoraproject.org, based on the work of boot.kernel.org, and from it run and install current and future versions of Fedora without having to download additional images.
Do you need to log in to your office's domain even though you're on the go with a laptop? Then you'll love the brand-new SSSD (System Security Services Daemon). This new software provides expanded features for logging into managed domains, including caching for offline authentication. So even if you're sitting in a coffeeshop in San Diego, you can still access your office back in New York using Fedora.
The things you know and love are still here - but better than ever. NFSv4 -- the latest version of NFS -- is now available by default in Fedora 13, bringing you better performance and IPv6 support. Support for flexible, expandable logical volumes (LVM) has been added to Fedora's disk utilities, making the measurement of disk performance a snap.
The best part? They're all free and open source software -- just one more thing you can impress the boss with.
Are you a hacker who loves to play with open source? Are you building the world's next great web application? Then you'll love Fedora's new features for software developers.
|SystemTap already gives you plenty of ways to monitor what your system kernel is doing, whether it's reading from the network or writing to a disk. But with new static probes in Fedora 13, SystemTap can look beyond the kernel to let you see what's happening inside your application and language runtimes like Java, Python and TCL.
Did we mention advances in Python? If you love Python like we do, you'll also love Fedora 13's ability to generate dual-language backtraces. Debugging your work when you're mixing Python and C/C++ just got easier in Fedora 13 with this feature, which originates in Fedora and is making its way into the Python language upstream. Fedora 13 also blazes a trail with a parallel-installable Python 3 stack that helps you write and test code for use in both Python 2.6 and Python 3 environments.
And if you're into Java, you'll find version 6.8 of the NetBeans IDE, the first to offer complete support for the entire Java EE 6 spec. It also has improved support for JSF 2.0/Facelets, Java Persistence 2.0, and EJB 3.1.
And of course Fedora's package ecosystem is rich with thousands of other tools for many languages and development styles. After all, we use it for development ourselves.
Spins are more specialized versions of Fedora that allow you to run programs that suit your interests. For example:
|Got a netbook?
Try the Moblin™ spin, a version of Fedora featuring the Moblin Core architecture. Everything from application choice to screen resolution has been designed to support multiple platforms and usage models -- ranging from Netbooks and NetTops to Mobile Internet Devices and embedded devices.
|Know a curious kid?
Try the Sugar on a Stick spin! This spin features the award-winning Sugar Learning Platform originally developed for the One Laptop Per Child project and used every school day by one million children in more than forty countries. Students can take their stick (an ordinary USB thumbdrive) to any machine running any operating system -- at school, at home, at a local library or community center -- and boot their custom Sugar environment without touching any files on the host machine, bringing personalized computing within the reach of any child.
The Fedora Design Suite was constructed for designers, by designers. It features the tools the Fedora Design Team uses on a daily basis to create the wallpapers, icons, and interfaces that you see in Fedora. This spin includes everything from document layouts, to vector and bitmap graphics, to 3D modeling. If you can dream it, you can create it with this powerful assortment of free and open source artistic tools.
|Learning about computer security?
The Fedora Security Spin is an environment designed by and for computer security professors and professionals. With applications for everything from security auditing and forensics, to penetration testing and intrusion detection, it's an ideal tool for the classroom, or for the system administrator who needs to diagnose and rescue broken computers.
Looking for something else?
Find more spins at http://spins.fedoraproject.org/ -- there's a spin for everyone, from education and gaming to science and more!
How to get started
Intrigued? Want to give Fedora 13 a try?
You can visit http://fedoraproject.org/get-fedora to download a LiveCD, regardless of what operating system you're running. This will give you a working version of Fedora, complete with common applications, all running off your CD drive - your hard drive won't be touched at all. And when you're ready, installation is just a click away.
Want an even more enjoyable way to use Fedora, risk-free? Try the Live USB option. You can use the same download to create a bootable USB stick so you can take Fedora with you anywhere you go. It works great with netbooks without CD drives, too. Check out the instruction page here:
And if you're running Fedora 12, upgrading is easy. Refer to our  for help.
Help make Fedora!
|Want to join the Fedora community and help us make the best Linux distribution even better? Get started at http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Join. Our diverse community from all over the globe welcomes contributors of all types. From artists to marketers to coders to testers to writers to translators and more, you too can get involved. Share what you know or help with something you've always wanted to learn; mentors are always available to help you get started. Any help is appreciated!
We'd love to hear your thoughts on Fedora 13. Have a suggestion? Find a bug? Start by taking a look at the Common F13 bugs to see if it's something we know about. (That page has information on what to do if you don't find your bug, too.)
Want more? Here are some further resources on Fedora 13, or talk with a community member in our live chat 24/7.
- Fedora 13 release announcement (http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Fedora_13_Announcement)
- Fedora Overview (http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Overview)
- Fedora FAQ (http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/FAQ)
- Help and Discussions (http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Communicate)
- Fedora 13 release notes (http://docs.fedoraproject.org/release-notes/)
- Fedora 13 feature profiles (http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/F13_feature_profiles)
- Fedora 13 talking points (http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Fedora_13_Talking_Points)
- Common Fedora 13 Bugs (http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Common_F13_bugs)
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