The Fedora Project is delighted to announce the release of Fedora 19 ("Schrödinger's Cat"). Open the box and take a look for yourself!
Fedora is a leading-edge, free and open source operating system that continues to deliver innovative features to many users, with a new release about every six months.
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Detailed information about this release can be seen in the release notes:
- 1 What's New in Fedora 19?
- 2 Desktop Environments and Spins
- 3 Downloads, upgrades, documentation, and common bugs
- 4 Contributing
- 5 Fedora 20
- 6 Contact information
What's New in Fedora 19?
The Fedora Project takes great pride in being able to show off features for all types of use cases, including traditional desktop users, systems administration, development, the cloud, and many more. But a few new features are guaranteed to be seen by nearly anyone installing Fedora and are improvements that deserve to be called out on their own.
A complete list with details of each new feature is available here:
Make new things
Would you like to play? Whether you're a developer, maker, or just starting to learn about open source development, we have what you need to bring your ideas to reality. Here's a peek at some of our new tools:
- 3D modelling and printing are enabled through a variety of tools, including OpenSCAD, Skeinforge, SFACT, Printrun, and RepetierHost. By bringing 3D printing tools into Fedora, you can get started with what's ready-to-go in the repositories without having to download binary blobs or run Python code from git.
- OpenShift Origin makes it easy for you to build your own Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) infrastructure, allowing you to enable others to easily develop and deploy software.
- Ruby 2.0.0, just released in February, comes to Fedora while maintaining source-level backwards compatibility with your Ruby 1.9.3 software. Also included: a custom Ruby loader for easy switching of interpreters.
- MariaDB, a community-developed fork of MySQL, is the default implementation of MySQL in Fedora 19, offering users a truly open MySQL implementation.
Get things done
- Federated VOIP means Fedora users can make calls using a user@domain address with the same convenience as email.
- CUPS has been updated to the latest upstream release, using PDF rather than PostScript as the baseline document format.
- Developer's Assistant is great for those new to development or even new to Linux, this tool helps you to get started on a code project with templates, samples, and toolchains for the languages of your choice. Bonus: It lets you publish directly to GitHub.
Deploy, Monitor, and Manage
Make your machines work for you--not the other way around. Whether you have one or "one too many" machines, Fedora 19 helps you boot manage your systems and enables you to be proactive with tools for diagnosis, monitoring, and logging.
- Syslinux optional boot tool integration brings you optional, simplified booting of Fedora. We have added support for using syslinux instead of GRUB via kickstart and plan to add a hidden option in Anaconda installer as well. syslinux is especially ideal for images used in cloud environments and virt appliances where the advanced features of GRUB are not needed.
- Among other systemd enhancements in this release, the systemd Resource Control lets you modify your service settings without a reboot by dynamically querying and modifying resource control parameters at runtime.
- Kerberos administrators will enjoy an easier experience, thanks to Fedora 19 removing the need for Kerberos clients to sync their clocks or to have reverse DNS records carefully setup for services. In addition, it provies Kerberos-enabled, LDAP replicated, two-factor authentication for FreeIPA.
- OpenLMI is a common infrastructure for the management of Linux systems that makes remote management of machines much simpler.
Desktop Environments and Spins
GNOME 3.8 brings new applications such as clock and improvements to the desktop including privacy and sharing settings, ordered search, frequent applications overview, and additionally provides the ability to enable GNOME Classic ("classic mode") for a user experience similar to GNOME 2 built out of a collection of GNOME Shell extensions. Refer to https://help.gnome.org/misc/release-notes/3.8/ for more details.
KDE Plasma Workspaces 4.10
A modern, stable desktop environment, KDE Plasma Workspaces 4.10 includes new features for printing and screenlocking, better indexing of files, and improved accessibility features. Refer to http://www.kde.org/announcements/4.10/ for more details.
MATE Desktop 1.6
The MATE 1.6 Desktop introduces a large number of improvements to this traditional, GNOME 2-like desktop interface. Refer to http://mate-desktop.org/2013/04/02/mate-1-6-released/ for more details.
Spins are alternate versions of Fedora. In addition to various desktop environments for Fedora, spins are also available as tailored environments for various types of users via hand-picked application sets or customizations.
Interest-specific Spins include the Design Suite Spin, the Robotics Spin, and the Security Spin, among others. Other available desktop environments, in addition to the GNOME 3.8 desktop which is shipped in the default version of Fedora 19, as well as those highlighted above, include Xfce, Sugar on a Stick, and LXDE.
To see all of the Official Fedora 19 Release Spins, see the Fedora 19 Release Spins link.
Nightly composes of alternate Spins are available here: http://dl.fedoraproject.org/pub/alt/nightly-composes
Complete feature list
And that's only the beginning of what you'll find inside. Get a more complete list with details of all the new features in Fedora 19:
Downloads, upgrades, documentation, and common bugs
Start by downloading Fedora 19:
- If you are upgrading from a previous release of Fedora, refer to:
- Fedora now includes FedUp in order to enable an easy upgrade to Fedora 19.
Read the full release notes for Fedora 19, guides for several languages, and learn about known bugs and how to report new ones:
- Because of the number of changes to the installer, we particularly suggest taking a peek at the Installation Guide:
- Fedora 19 common bugs are documented at:
This page includes information on several known bugs in the installer, so we recommend reading it before installing Fedora 19.
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:
We can't build Fedora inside a box. We need your help! Bug reports are especially helpful--if you encounter any issues, please report them!
Fedora is a fantastic, friendly community, and we have many ways in which you can contribute, including documentation, marketing, design, QA, and development.
To learn how to help us, visit: http://join.fedoraproject.org/
Fedora 20 has been in active development for several months already. We plan to release it in November 2013, though the final schedule is part of the planning process and subject to change:
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