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These are the Talking Points for Fedora 13. They are currently under construction. For information on how we are making these talking points, see Talking Points SOP.

Not everything listed here right now will end up as a talking point.
The list below covers all the Fedora 13 features; we will be looking at the features that have comments on why they should become talking points, and choosing the final small selection of talking points from that, then cleaning up this page.
Spins category
There will also be a special "Spins" section that will advertise the new spins available for this Fedora release. Right now this includes the Moblin(tm) edition, Sugar on a Stick, the Design Suite, and the Security Lab.
Feature category Why should this be a talking point?
Anaconda Storage Filtering
Automatic Print Driver Installation User (combine with other desktop features) Leverages PackageKit capabilities so Live images don't need to ship all printer drivers. Equals or surpasses functionality of proprietary operating systems. Builds new, compelling functionality based on free desktop capabilities (PackageKit, D-Bus) combined with RPM hooks.
Authconfig UI redesign Sysadmin Better integration of new SSSD technology in the configuration UI for authentication, and a full UI revamp making it much easier to configure your Fedora system to work in a number of different authentication environment.s
Better Webcam Support
BFO user / sysadmin BFO is a unique feature in Fedora. We're the first to offer it. It allows users to download a single, tiny image and install current and future versions of Fedora without having to download additional images.
Boost 1.41 Uplift Developer Boost libraries are kept synchronized with upstream. Boost.MPI is now available, allowing developers to use a clean C++ interface for grid computing development (with MPI).
Dogtag Certificate System
ColorManagement User (combine with other desktop features) Color management helps artists, photographers, designers, and others display and print work more accurately using 100% free software. Written by Richard Hughes, Red Hat engineer and Fedora contributor.
Easier Python Debugging Developer (combine with Python3) Python has rapidly gained widespread, prominent use in environments ranging from teaching to expert rapid development. Fedora 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. --Dmalcolm 03:55, 20 February 2010 (UTC): I think it's also a good idea to combine this with the python part of Systemtap Static Probes - both give you more visibility into the internals of Python code on your system, albeit it in different ways
ghc-6.12.1 Developer Latest major release of Haskell compiler features shared libraries and improved library packaging system.
Gnome 2.30
Implicit DSO Linking
IntelliJ IDEA
KDE44 user KDE SC 4.4 is a complete suite of applications, like the GNOME desktop. The latest release being shipped with Fedora in the DVD and KDE Desktop Edition and I'mma fill this in later.
KDE PolicyKit One Qt
KDE PulseAudio Integration
KVM Stable PCI Addresses
Modprobe Whitelist
NetworkManager Bluetooth DUN User (combine with other desktop features) Adds dial-up modem support for older Bluetooth-equipped phones, to complement the personal-area networking already supported in Fedora.
NetworkManager Command Line User (combine with other desktop features) 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.
NetworkManager Mobile Status User (combine with other desktop features) Provides a better indicator for signal strength, and lets people know if they are roaming.
NFSv4 Default Sysadmin (combine with NFSClientIPv6) Fedora 13 changes its default to NFSv4, resulting in improved performance with a seamless transition for users. Clients gracefully falling back to other versions if required by an NFS server. Continues Fedora's role as a front-runner for NFSv4 -- the first distribution to include it, the first to switch to it by default.
NFS Client IPv6 Sysadmin (combine with NFSv4Default) The other major step forward in NFS is support for IPv6, so clients in mixed or IPv6 only environments can now make full use of NFS.
Nouveau DisplayPort
Python 3 Developer (combine with Easier Python Debugging) Fedora 13 also blazes a trail with a parallel-installable Python 3 stack that will help programmers write and test code for use in both Python 2.6 and Python 3 environments. Beyond the core libraries, some additional libraries are already provided, with more expected to follow throughout this and future releases.
Radeon DisplayPort
SIP Witch Domain Telephony
SSSD By Default
System Rollback
With Btrfs
Systemtap Static Probes Developer/sysadmin While Fedora used to have pretty decent introspection tools for the kernel, this release expands the visibility of monitoring on a higher level what is happening inside language runtimes like Java, Python and TCL. A start has been made with other user space applications like PostgreSQL, which will be extended to many more applications in Fedora 14 (this is a continuous process, making Fedora a better and tightly integrated developer platform). The feature page already has compelling examples for how this makes observing what your Python programs do very powerful. Additional examples should be added for the other language runtimes enabled by this feature.
Udisks Improvements
User Account Dialog User (combine with other desktop features?) The user account tool has been completely redesigned, and now makes it easy to configure personal information, make a personal profile picture or icon, generate a strong passphrase, and set up login options. Designed and implemented by several members of the Desktop SIG.
Yum Language Package Plugin User Provides automatic installation of langpacks (eg for openoffice, KDE, etc).
Zarafa Sysadmin Fedora 13 now makes available a complete groupware suite that can be used as an Exchange replacement for Web-based mail, calendaring, and tasks. Features include IMAP/POP and iCal/CalDAV capabilities, native mobile phone support, the ability to integrate with existing Linux mail servers, a full set of programming interfaces, and a comfortable look and feel using modern Ajax technologies.

Additional points

This area is for use by the Marketing team only. Random contributions below this line may be removed.

Feature category Why should this be a talking point?
Experimental 3D in Nouveau User 3D support was added to the completely free and open source software (FOSS) radeon driver in F12 [adamw note: this is not entirely accurate. radeon supported 3D for r400 and earlier chips for years. what was added in F12 was experimental support for r500 and r600 chips], and now this support has been extended in F13 to the equally free nouveau driver. 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.
Improvement to Network Manager User


  1. The bottom two bullets are listed as only 50% complete at this point. Before adding them, check with the developer on status.
  2. All the NetworkManager improvements could be combined with other desktop features.