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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.

Download it 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/19/html/Release_Notes/

Contents

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:

http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/19/FeatureList

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:

  • Developer's Assistant is a tool for new developers that helps you to get started on a code project by offering templates, samples, and toolchains for a variety of languages. And when you're finished, you can publish directly to GitHub!
  • 3D modelling and printing are supported with OpenSCAD, Skeinforge, SFACT, Printrun, RepetierHost, and other tool options. Get printing 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.
  • node.js is a popular Javascript-based platform for those building scalable network applications or real-time apps across distributed devices.
  • Ruby 2.0.0 moves into Fedora but keeps source-level backwards compatibility with your Ruby 1.9.3 software. We're also giving you a custom Ruby loader to use to easily switch interpreters.
  • MariaDB offers a truly open MySQL implementation and is now the default MySQL option in Fedora.

Deploy, Monitor, and Manage

You don't have to work so hard when your machines are doing it for you. Regardless of how many you have, Fedora 19 helps you boot-manage your systems and gives you the tools you need for diagnosis, monitoring, and logging.

  • systemd Resource Control is one of many systemd enhancements in this release. It lets you modify your service settings without a reboot by dynamically querying and modifying resource control parameters at runtime.
  • Kerberos administrators no longer need their clients to sync their clocks or to have reverse DNS records carefully setup for services. Fedora 19 also includes Kerberos-enabled, LDAP replicated, two-factor authentication for FreeIPA.
  • Checkpoint & Restore lets you checkpoint and restore a process. It is useful for issues like process failure or moving a process to another machine for maintenance or load balancing.
  • 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

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

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, visit the Fedora 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:

http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/19/FeatureList

Downloads, upgrades, documentation, and common bugs

Start by downloading Fedora 19:

http://get.fedoraproject.org/

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

http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Upgrading

  • Fedora now includes FedUp in order to enable an easy upgrade to Fedora 19.

Documentation

Read the full release notes for Fedora 19, guides for several languages, and learn about known bugs and how to report new ones:

http://docs.fedoraproject.org/

  • Because of the number of changes to the installer, we particularly suggest taking a peek at the Installation Guide:

http://docs.fedoraproject.org/en-US/Fedora/19/html/Installation_Guide/index.html

  • Fedora 19 common bugs are documented at:

http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Common_F19_bugs

This page includes information on several known bugs in the installer, so we recommend reading it before installing Fedora 19.

Contributing

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

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:

https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/20/Schedule

Contact information

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

https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Press