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* '''Cinnamon''' Fedora users now have the option of using Cinnamon, an advanced desktop environment based on GNOME3. Cinnamon takes advantage of advanced features provided by the GNOME backend while providing users with a more traditional desktop experience.
 
* '''Cinnamon''' Fedora users now have the option of using Cinnamon, an advanced desktop environment based on GNOME3. Cinnamon takes advantage of advanced features provided by the GNOME backend while providing users with a more traditional desktop experience.
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Regardless of your desktop choice...
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* '''Improved storage management''' SSM (System Storage Manager) is an easy to use command-line interface tool that presents a unified view of storage management tools. Devices, storage pools, volumes, and snapshots can now be managed with one tool, with the same syntax for managing all of your storage. (It's great for systems administrators, too!)
  
 
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==== For developers ====
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* '''Offline System Updates''' Systems can now be upgraded offline, allowing for a more stable upgrade of critical system components.
 
* '''Offline System Updates''' Systems can now be upgraded offline, allowing for a more stable upgrade of critical system components.
  
* '''/etc/sysconfig Depreciations''' Several system configurations have moved out of /etc/sysconfig. For a list of changes read the release notes. http://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/Fedora/18/html/Release_Notes/index.html
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* '''Storage enhancements''' StorageManagement is a collection of tools and libraries for managing storage area networks (SAN) and network attached storage (NAS).
  
 
==== For clouds and virtualization ====
 
==== For clouds and virtualization ====
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http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/18/FeatureList
 
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/18/FeatureList
  
=== Downloads and Upgrades ===
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=== Downloads, Upgrades, Documentation, and Common Bugs ===
  
 
The steaks are high - don't miss out on installing the best version of Fedora yet! Get it now:
 
The steaks are high - don't miss out on installing the best version of Fedora yet! Get it now:
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Fedora has replaced pre-upgrade with fedUP, a more robust solution, and pushed several bug fixes to older releases of Fedora to enable an easy upgrade to Fedora 18.
 
Fedora has replaced pre-upgrade with fedUP, a more robust solution, and pushed several bug fixes to older releases of Fedora to enable an easy upgrade to Fedora 18.
  
=== Fedora Spins ===
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Graze ... I mean... gaze upon the full release notes for Fedora 18, guides for several languages, and learn about known bugs and how to report new ones, here:
 
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Fedora spins are alternate versions of Fedora tailored for various types of users via hand-picked application set or customizations, from desktop options to spins for those interested in gaming, robotics, or design software. More information on our various spins is available at:
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http://spins.fedoraproject.org
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=== Documentation ===
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Graze ... I mean... gaze upon the full release notes for Fedora 18, and guides for several languages, here:
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http://docs.fedoraproject.org/
 
http://docs.fedoraproject.org/
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https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Common_F18_bugs
 
https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Common_F18_bugs
  
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=== Fedora Spins ===
  
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Fedora spins are alternate versions of Fedora tailored for various types of users via hand-picked application set or customizations, from desktop options to spins for those interested in gaming, robotics, or design software. More information on our various spins is available at:
  
== Feature Deprecation ==
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http://spins.fedoraproject.org
 
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Fedora has always been full of great features, but sometimes we need to cull the herd. Saying good-bye is always hard, but here are the ones we had to put out to pasture this time around. {[Offer work-arounds or alternatives wherever possible. If a spin still covers this need, say so. Encourage the die-hard community to participate in the unofficial support of this feature.]}
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== Contributing ==
 
== Contributing ==
 
For more information including common and known bugs, tips on how to report bugs, and the official release schedule, please refer to the release notes:
 
 
http://docs.fedoraproject.org
 
  
 
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 http://join.fedoraproject.org today!
 
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 http://join.fedoraproject.org today!
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== Fedora 19 ==
 
== Fedora 19 ==
  
Even as we continue to provide updates with enhancements and bug fixes to improve the Fedora number experience, our next release, Fedora 19, is already being developed in parallel, and has been open for active development for several months already. We have an early plan for an end of May 2013 release, final schedule is going to be based on the results of the planning process:
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Even as we continue to provide updates with enhancements and bug fixes to improve the Fedora number experience, our next release, Fedora 19, is already being developed in parallel, and has been open for active development for several months already. We have an early plan for an end of May 2013 release, and the final schedule F19 is going to be based on the results of the planning process:
  
* https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/19/Schedule
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https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/19/Schedule
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== Feature Deprecation ==
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Fedora has always been full of great features, but sometimes we need to cull the herd. Saying good-bye is always hard, but here are the ones we had to put out to pasture this time around. {[Offer work-arounds or alternatives wherever possible. If a spin still covers this need, say so. Encourage the die-hard community to participate in the unofficial support of this feature.]}
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* '''/etc/sysconfig Depreciations''' Several system configurations have moved out of /etc/sysconfig. For a list of changes read the release notes. http://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/Fedora/18/html/Release_Notes/index.html
  
 
== Contact information ==
 
== Contact information ==

Revision as of 02:43, 11 January 2013

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No bull, Spherical Cow, is of course, Fedora's best release yet. You'll go through the hoof when you hear about the Grade A Prime F18 features. You can always cownt on us to bring you the best features first.

Can't wait for a taste? You can get started downloading now:

http://fedoraproject.org/get-fedora

Detailed information about this release can be seen in the release notes:

http://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/Fedora/18/html/Release_Notes/

Contents

What's New in Fedora 18?

The Fedora Project takes great pride in being able to show off features for all types of users - traditional desktop users, systems administrators, developers, users and administrators of cloud environments - but sometimes a new feature is guaranteed to be seen by anyone installing Fedora.

(Need some blurb about anaconda/new installer UI here.)

Of course, it wouldn't be a release announcement without a spotted, er, dotted list of all the other fantastic features you'll see in Fedora 18, so read on:

For desktop users

Moooove over, stale desktops. We've got a small herd of choices udderly suited to your preferences.

  • Gnome 3.6 The newest version of the Gnome desktop provides an enhanced Messaging Tray, support for Microsoft Exchange and Skydrive, and many more new features. For more information visit the Gnome release notes. http://library.gnome.org/misc/release-notes/3.6
  • KDE Plasma Workspaces 4.9 KDE Plasma Workspaces has been updated with many new features and improved stability and performance, including updates to the Dolphin File Manager, Konsole, and KWin Window manager.
  • MATE Desktop The MATE desktop provides users with a classic GNOME 2.x style user interface. This desktop is perfect for users that have been running Gnome Classic, or other window managers like XFCE.
  • Cinnamon Fedora users now have the option of using Cinnamon, an advanced desktop environment based on GNOME3. Cinnamon takes advantage of advanced features provided by the GNOME backend while providing users with a more traditional desktop experience.

Regardless of your desktop choice...

  • Improved storage management SSM (System Storage Manager) is an easy to use command-line interface tool that presents a unified view of storage management tools. Devices, storage pools, volumes, and snapshots can now be managed with one tool, with the same syntax for managing all of your storage. (It's great for systems administrators, too!)

For developers

For developers there are all sorts of mootivating goodies:

  • DragonEgg optimizes GCC DragonEgg is a plugin for the GCC compilers to allow use of the LLVM optimization and code generation framework. DragonEgg provides software developers with more optimization and code generation options for use with the GCC compilers. DragonEgg also allows GCC to be used for cross-compilation to target architectures supported by LLVM without requiring any special cross-compilation compiler packages.
  • Fresh versions of programming languages Using Perl, Rails, or Python? All three of these languages are updated in Fedora 18 -- with Rails 3.2, Python 3.3, and Perl 5.16 now on deck.
  • Clojure Clojure gets more love with the addition of tooling packages, including the Leinengen build tool, as well as Clojure libraries and frameworks, including Korma and Noir.

For system administrators

Keep track of your herd of infrastructure with these new features:

  • Upgrade with fedUP Fedup is a new tool for upgrading Fedora installations that is replacing pre-upgrade and the DVD methods of upgrading that have been used in previous Fedora releases. It utilizes systemd for much of the upgrade functionality, doing the work in a unique boot environment.
  • Offline System Updates Systems can now be upgraded offline, allowing for a more stable upgrade of critical system components.
  • Storage enhancements StorageManagement is a collection of tools and libraries for managing storage area networks (SAN) and network attached storage (NAS).

For clouds and virtualization

Do you spend your days grazing, I mean, gazing into the clouds? Here's just a taste of some of the cloud and virt features coming in Fedora 18:

  • Eucalyptus Eucalyptus makes its first appearance in Fedora, with their 3.2 release included in F18. This platform for on-premise (private) Infrastructure as a Service clouds uses existing infrastructure to create scalable and secure AWS-compatible cloud resources for compute, network and storage.
  • OpenStack With the Folsom release in Fedora 18, OpenStack continues to have the newest releases in Fedora. This open source cloud computing platform enables users to deploy their own cloud infrastructure, for private or public cloud deployments. Heat, an incubated OpenStack project, is also available in F18, and provides an API that enables the orchestration of cloud applications using file or web based templates.
  • oVirt Engine The management application for the oVirt virtualization platform, oVirt Engine, is updated to the newest version, 3.1. This release includes extensive new features, including support for live snapshots, cloning virtual machines from snapshots, quotas, and more.
  • Suspend and resume support for virt guests Virtual machines get love with this feature, enabling the ability to suspend and resume guests, with the close of a laptop lid or menu option - or via the command line.

And that's only the beginning. For a more complete list with details of all the new features in Fedora 18, steer over to:

http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/18/FeatureList

Downloads, Upgrades, Documentation, and Common Bugs

The steaks are high - don't miss out on installing the best version of Fedora yet! Get it now:

http://get.fedoraproject.org/

If you are upgrading from a previous release of Fedora, refer to:

http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Upgrading

Fedora has replaced pre-upgrade with fedUP, a more robust solution, and pushed several bug fixes to older releases of Fedora to enable an easy upgrade to Fedora 18.

Graze ... I mean... gaze upon the full release notes for Fedora 18, guides for several languages, and learn about known bugs and how to report new ones, here:

http://docs.fedoraproject.org/

Everyone makes missteaks. Fedora 18 common bugs are documented at:

https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Common_F18_bugs

Fedora Spins

Fedora spins are alternate versions of Fedora tailored for various types of users via hand-picked application set or customizations, from desktop options to spins for those interested in gaming, robotics, or design software. More information on our various spins is available at:

http://spins.fedoraproject.org

Contributing

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 http://join.fedoraproject.org today!

Fedora 19

Even as we continue to provide updates with enhancements and bug fixes to improve the Fedora number experience, our next release, Fedora 19, is already being developed in parallel, and has been open for active development for several months already. We have an early plan for an end of May 2013 release, and the final schedule F19 is going to be based on the results of the planning process:

https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/19/Schedule

Feature Deprecation

Fedora has always been full of great features, but sometimes we need to cull the herd. Saying good-bye is always hard, but here are the ones we had to put out to pasture this time around. {[Offer work-arounds or alternatives wherever possible. If a spin still covers this need, say so. Encourage the die-hard community to participate in the unofficial support of this feature.]}

Contact information

If you are a journalist or reporter, you can find additional information at:

https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Press


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