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What's new in Fedora 11?

Fedora 11 has a large number of new major features.

A feature list is provided at

Highlights include

  • Presto (delta RPM updates reducing bandwidth usage over 80% typically). Yum install yum-presto to enable it.
  • Automatic font and mime installer via PackageKit
  • Nouveau as the default driver for Nvidia cards (3D support is not mature and disabled however)
  • Simplified Anaconda text mode installation and minimal installation support
  • Automatic Bug Reporting tool
  • Native access to Microsoft Exchange using OpenChange
  • Firefox 3.1 and ThunderBird 3.0
  • 3.1
  • Windows Cross Compiler (MinGW and a comprehensive set of cross compiled libraries)
  • Ext4 as the default filesystem
  • Experimental support for the next generation Btrfs filesystem (hidden by default)
  • Improved I18N with the switch to IBus input system by default
  • Much improved Kernel Mode Support with flicker free and fast bootup
  • Many virtualization and security improvements,
  • RPM 4.7, GNOME 2.26, KDE 4.2, Xfce 4.6, Linux Kernel 2.6.29, Python 2.6. GCC 4.4 and several other changes.

Where Can I download it?

Get it at

Make sure you read the release notes and installation guide from for important information about new installations and upgrades.

What are the differences between Live images and regular installations ?

  • Live images provide a subset of packages available in the regular DVD image. Both connect to the same repository that has all the packages.
  • Live image installations do not allow any package selection or upgrade capability since they copy entire the filesystem from media to hard disk or USB disks. After the installation is complete and booted into, packages can be added and removed as desired with PackageKit or yum.
  • Live images do not work on i586 architecture and requires i686 arch at minimum

Are there any notes on upgrading from a previous release?

Yes. See

Should I upgrade to Fedora 11?

Following the Fedora lifecycle policy, two general releases are maintained at any given time. Fedora 9 will be EOL'ed a month after the Fedora 11 release. If you are using Fedora 9 or a older release, you are strongly urged to upgrade to continue getting security updates.

If you are using Fedora 10, you have the flexibility to skip Fedora 11 and go directly to Fedora 12. This is your personal choice to make. Use the live cd or virtualization if you want to try out Fedora 11.

My sound doesn't work?

Run alsamixer -c0 in the command line and turn up the controls and check again

I can't login as root in GNOME. What can I do?

GNOME Display Manager does not allow root users to directly login for security reasons from Fedora 10 release. Refer

Where can I find answers on Ext4 ?

All you wanted to know about Ext4 and more at

I was using a pre-release (alpha/beta/snapshot/preview) of Fedora 11. How do I upgrade to the general release?

Questions on upgrading from a pre-release is answered at