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From Live CD's to Live USB's

Up until Fedora 12 release, the desktop Live image has been CD sized ones and this has been increasingly limiting the out of box experience and Fedora Desktop team is targeting 1 GB Live USB keys instead as of this release and the image would not fit into a CD anymore. Detailed documentation on making a Live USB is available at http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/How_to_create_and_use_Live_USB. You can burn this image in a DVD as well. If your computer does not support booting from a USB or has no DVD drive you can do a network installation or use the regular installation CD set instead.

Automatic print driver installation

In Fedora 13, functionality has been added to leverage RPM and PackageKit capabilities for automatic installation of printer drivers. When a user plugs in any of the supported printers, the driver will identify itself to PackageKit, and once authorized the driver can be downloaded and installed automatically. Thanks to this change, Fedora bootable Live images no longer need to ship all printer drivers. This functionality equals or surpasses that of proprietary operating systems, where driver support is difficult and time-consuming. It also continues to build on the new, compelling functionality of free desktop components along with RPM.

Automatic installation of language packs

A number of large suite-type packages, such as OpenOffice.org, Eclipse, and KDE, package their translated content separately as langpacks due to size issues. Now with the langpack plugin, when yum detects that a langpack is needed and available for a package the user requests, yum will automatically download and install the langpack as well. The user no longer needs to specifically request installation of language support for these types of suites. In the future it will be possible to extend this support further throughout the distribution.

Redesigned user management interface

The user account tool has been completely redesigned. The tool has functions to configure personal information in user accounts, and make a personal profile picture or icon. It also helps users generate strong passphrases, set up additional login options such as automatic login, and determine special roles for users such as in the case of a single owner of a personal laptop or an administrator of a shared system. Designed and implemented by several members of the Desktop SIG.

NetworkManager improvements including a command line interface

NetworkManager now supports older Bluetooth dial-up networking, and features a command line interface and better signal strength indicators. The dial-up modem support for older Bluetooth-equipped phones, to complement the personal-area networking already supported in Fedora. Addresses a long-standing missing link for command-line junkies who want NetworkManager to integrate with the CLI. Also useful for jetsetters who operate in lower-power text modes. Provides a better indicator for signal strength, and lets people know if they are roaming.

Experimental 3D extended to free Nouveau driver for Nvidia

Fedora 12 included experimental 3D support for newer ATI cards in the free and open source radeon driver, and now experimental 3D support has been extended in Fedora 13 to the nouveau driver for a range of NVidia video cards. Fedora and its sponsor Red Hat are dedicated to improving the quality and coverage of completely free accelerated video drivers. While we support user choice and do not prevent use of closed, proprietary drivers, we also recognize that these drivers sometimes conflict with and cause problems in the software written by FOSS community members. We prefer to honor the commitment of the FOSS community with our own commitment to free drivers that complement their work, and work in the upstream Nouveau community to make these drivers better. Simply install the mesa-dri-drivers-experimental package to take advantage of this new feature.

Shotwell replaces Gthumb as default photo organizer

Shotwell is an open source photo organizer designed for the GNOME desktop environment and has replaced Gthumb by default in Fedora 13. It supports the following features:

  • import photos from any digital camera supported by gPhoto
  • automatically organize events containing photos taken at the same time
  • non-destructive editing allows altering photos without ruining originals or using disk space for each copy
  • publish photos to Facebook and Flickr
  • one-click auto-enhancement
  • rotate, mirror, and crop photos
  • reduce red-eye and adjust the exposure, saturation, tint, and temperature of your photos
  • edit any photo, even if it's not imported to the Shotwell library

Gthumb continues to be maintained and available in the Fedora repository.

Déjà Dup simple backup tool

Déjà Dup is the default simple backup tool in the GNOME desktop tool in Fedora 13. It hides the complexity of doing backups the 'right way' (encrypted, off-site, and regular) and uses duplicity as the backend.

Features:

  • Support for local or remote backup locations, including Amazon S3
  • Securely encrypts and compresses your data
  • Incrementally backs up, letting you restore from any particular backup
  • Schedules regular backups
  • Integrates well into your GNOME desktop

Simple Scan scanning utility

Simple Scan is the default scanning utility for Fedora 13. Simple Scan is an easy-to-use application, designed to let users connect their scanner and quickly have the image/document in an appropriate format. More details at http://lwn.net/Articles/377063/.

GNOME Color Manager

Color management helps artists, photographers, designers, and others display and print work more accurately using 100% free software. Color management supports setting output gamma tables for most monitors, including when they are hotplugged during a session. Users can also install vendor-supplied ICC or ICM files by double-clicking them, and calibrate displays and scanners with external devices and color targets using the ArgyllCMS package. Written by Richard Hughes, Red Hat engineer and Fedora contributor.

Color management helps you control and produce more accurate color output for displays, printers, and scanners.

Gnote Enhancements

Gnote is a C++ port of Tomboy. It is the default desktop note-taking application for GNOME in Fedora and has a number of enhancements and bug fixes. Gnote now has a few new add-ins and follows the XDG directory specification from freedesktop.org and notes stored in previously versions will be automatically migrated from .gnote to .local/share/gnote in the user's home directory.

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