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This page is a draft only
It is still under construction and content may change. Do not rely on the information on this page. Sample concept for the F13 one page release notes.
Allegheny students: Here's where to start.
Although the F13 one page release notes are a work in progress, we did make one page release notes for the first time for F12. Look at the current resources for One page release notes. (They may be incomplete.) Pay particular attention to the F12 version; based on this one example, what would you say the general template for a "one page release notes" deliverable might be? What would a set of instructions for building a similar deliverable for F13, F14, F15, etc. look like? Try out your ideas by starting to put together an outline for the F13 version on this page. Make note of the questions you have and the gaps we still need to fill in. Then contact the people listed below and the marketing mailing list with your notes, and what you're thinking about in terms of a plan with moving forward.
What level of detail do I need?
A good reference is to look at some of the other release deliverables we do, to get an idea of the level of thoroughness we try to bring to our deliverables; some are better than others. The release slogan, for example, is pretty good; others are less complete.
Good people to contact about this project:
Robyn Bergeron, Mo Duffy, Mel Chua, Paul Frields, and anyone else you can find on IRC or on the list.
Be bold.
Feel free to edit this page; there is an "undo" button, which is the "history" tab at the top of this page; if you click there you'll go to a page where you can roll back any edits you've made). Add new sections. Edit old ones. Take these notes out. Clean it up and make it useful. This page is yours to create - it's everyone's to create.

quick notes

Need to verify the corresponding links for accuracy and current status.

As of 03/04/2010, only 'F13 Press / News Index' is not referenced, please review sidenote at bottom of page.

There is a place holder Fedora_13_one_page_release_notes


In progress

Sidenote on the above link for 'F13 Press / News Index' the previous 'F12 Press / News Index' URL had 3 URLs: 'and,' '/,' as well as an 'archive' set of references that seemed recursive/cyclical. May need to plan for F13 accordingly.

The following is very nice eye candy and informative, too.

Draft starts here

Fedora is a Linux-based operating system that brings the latest in free and open source software to your desktop, laptop and server. Fedora is built by people across the globe who work together as a community: the Fedora Project. You can read more information about the Fedora Project on our Overview page.

Fedora is free to use, modify, and distribute, and includes software that helps you work, play, organize, and socialize.


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.

Desktop Users

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Have you ever tried to use a new printer and been frustrated by constant error messages and an endless hunt for the correct driver to install? With the (New Name) feature, you can simply plug your printer in and your computer will automatically find and install the correct driver. This allows you to print in many different locations and churn out copies within minutes. Automatic print driver installation is one of multiple hardware enablements featured in Fedora 13; others include 100% free 3D support for NVidia video cards via the Nouveau driver,

Color management Color management helps artists, photographers, designers, and other artists display and print their work more accurately by using 100% free software. The color management helps you control and produce more accurate color outputs for displays, printers, and scanners.(This seems kinda vague... can we dig for more details to make it more specific? What features would someone like Darren care about knowing here?) True color workflow for illustrators, designers, photographers, publishers, creators of all skill levels --pfrields 14:28, 16 April 2010 (UTC)

Video drivers Fedora and its sponsor Red Hat are dedicated to improving the quality and coverage of completely free, accelerated video drivers. We recognize that private drivers sometimes conflict with and cause problems in the software written by open source community members. Fedora 13 addresses this and contributes to experimental 3D support for many video cards using the 100% free software Nouveau driver .

System Administrators (BFO) is a unique feature in Fedora. It allows users to download a single, tiny image and install current and future versions of Fedora, without having to download additional images. allows you to kick off installation and testing with a tiny image file.

What does SSSD do? SSSD provides expanded features for logging into managed domains, including caching for offline authentication. This means that, for example, users on laptops can still login when disconnected from the company's managed network.


While Fedora used to have pretty decent introspection tools for the kernel, this release expands the visibility of monitoring on a higher level. What does that mean?? In addition, Engineering team member David Malcolm, has added new support that allows developers working with mixed libraries (Python and C/C++) to get more complete information when debugging. Backtraces will now show output from code written in both languages, including those generated by Fedora's Automatic Bug Reporting Tool (ABRT), and developers can more quickly improve software NetBeans IDE 6.8 is the first IDE to offer complete support for the entire Java EE 6 spec with improved support


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 Architecture. Everything from application choice to screen resolution is designed to support multiple platforms and usage models ranging from Netbooks and NetTops to Mobile Internet Devices and various embedded usage models


Know a kid?

Try the Sugar on a Stick spin! This spin was designed to be uploaded to flash drives and used in various places on different computers (as if it were on a stick), this Fedora 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 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 with a thumbdrive.

Feeling artistic?

The Fedora Design Suite was designed for designers, by designers. This features the tools the Fedora Design Team uses on a daily basis to create wallpapers, icons, and interfaces that you see in Fedora. This spin includes everything from document layouts to vector and bitmap graphics to 3D modeling, allowing a wide range of projects to be created.

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 is an ideal tool for the classroom or the sysadmin's kit for diagnosing and rescuing broken computers.

Looking for something else?

Find more spins at - 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 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.

And if you're running Fedora 12, upgrading is easy. Refer to our handy documentation for help.

Help make Fedora!

Want to join the Fedora community and help us make the best Linux distribution even better? Get started at 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 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.

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.)

Further reading

Want more? Here are some further resources on Fedora 13, or talk with a community member in our live chat 24/7.

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