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These are the Talking Points for the Fedora 15 release. For information on how these talking points were chosen, see Talking Points SOP. They are intended to help Ambassadors quickly present an overview of highlighted features when talking about the release.

The talking points are based in part on the features for this release. Any Fedora community member can introduce a feature, using our feature process.

From, a couple food for thought ideas for this Fedora 15 Talking Points Wiki -

For desktop users and everyone

Things of general interest to most people using Fedora.

GNOME 3 Feature

GNOME 3 feature

GNOME 3 is the next major version of the GNOME desktop. GNOME 3 brings a fresh look and feel with gnome-shell, which is a compositing window manager and desktop shell. It replaces the GNOME 2 desktop shell, which consisted of metacity, gnome-panel, notification-daemon and nautilus. Apart from pure window management, gnome-shell provides the top bar on the screen, which hosts the 'system status' area in the top right, a clock in the center, and a hot corner that switches to the so-called 'overview' mode, which provides easy access to applications and windows.

Additional information is available at the Gnome 3 website.

GNOME 3 is a major rewrite of the GNOME desktop.

LibreOffice Feature

LibreOffice feature

LibreOffice(R) is an office productivity suite that will replace OpenOffice(R). It will be completely open source and driven solely by the community supporting it. It has a word processor, presentation creator, spreadsheet creator, database creator, formula editor, and drawing editor.

Additional information is available at the Document Foundation Website.

LibreOffice is the Next generation of Free Office Productivity software.

Power Management Feature

Power Management feature

Go Green. Power Management improvements include the PowerTOP tool, which identifies the software components that make your computer use more energy than necessary while idle. Automatic tuning of power consumption and performance helps conserve on laptop battery usage, too!

Additional information is available at the Fedora PowerManagement SIG.

Feature one liner.

Tryton Feature

Tryton feature

Tryton is a three-tier high-level general purpose application platform, providing solutions for accounting, invoicing, sale management, purchase management, analytic accounting, and inventory management.

Additional information is available at the Tryton Documentation.

Feature one liner.


Features/Tag feature

Feature description.

Additional information is available at the .

Feature one liner.

For administrators

Improvements that make system administrators' lives better.

Consistent Network Device Naming Feature

Consistent Network Device Naming feature

Servers often have multiple Ethernet ports, either embedded on the motherboard, or on add-in PCI cards. Linux has traditionally named these ports ethX, but there has been no correlation of the ethX names to the chassis labels - the ethX names are non-deterministic. Starting in Fedora 15, Ethernet ports will have a new naming scheme corresponding to physical locations, rather than ethX. Ethernet ports embedded on server motherboards will be named em<port_number>, while ports on PCI cards will be named pci<slot_number>p<port_number>, corresponding to the chassis labels. Additionally, if the network device is an SR-IOV Virtual Function or has Network Partitioning (NPAR) capability, the name will have a suffix of _<virtual_function> or _<partition>.

By changing the naming convention, system administrators will no longer have to guess at the ethX to physical port mapping, or invoke workarounds on each system to rename them into some "sane" order.

This feature affects all physical systems that expose network port naming information in SMBIOS 2.6 or later (specifically field types 9 and 41). Dell PowerEdge 10G and newer servers (PowerEdge 1950 III family, PowerEdge R710 family, and newer), and HP ProLiant G6 servers and newer are known to expose this information, as do some newer desktop models. Furthermore, most older systems expose some information in the PCI IRQ Routing Table, which will be consulted if information is not provided by SMBIOS.

Additional information is available at the Documentation.

Consistent network device naming based on BIOS-provided port names

Dynamic Firewall Feature

Dynamic Firewall feature

Fedora 15 adds support for the optional firewall daemon, that provides a dynamic firewall management with a D-Bus interface.

Additional information is available at the FirewallD.

Feature one liner.

LZMA for Live Images Feature

LZMA for Live Images feature

LZMA for Live Images feature description.

Additional information is available at the Lempel–Ziv–Markov chain algorithm.

Feature one liner.

systemd System and Session Manager Feature

systemd System and Session Manager feature

systemd System and Session Manager feature description.

systemd is a system and service manager for Linux, compatible with SysV and LSB init scripts. systemd provides aggressive parallelization capabilities, uses socket and D-Bus activation for starting services, offers on-demand starting of daemons, keeps track of processes using Linux cgroups, supports snapshotting and restoring of the system state, maintains mount and automount points and implements an elaborate transactional dependency-based service control logic. It can work as a drop-in replacement for sysvinit. For more information, watch the video at or

Additional information is available at the SysVinit to Systemd Cheatsheet.

Feature one liner.


Features/Tag feature

Feature description.

Additional information is available at the .

Feature one liner.

For developers

Innovations that make Fedora a great platform for software developers.

BoxGrinder Feature

BoxGrinder feature

BoxGrinder is a set of tools for creating appliances -- reconfigured disk images with the operating system and required software ready to run on a selected virtualization platform. BoxGrinder converts simple plain text files into working appliances. Quick and easy to use, it is a great tool for sysadmins and cloud developers to use for creating customized images for various uses. It also delivers the built appliances to a selected location, such as an SFTP server, or Amazon EC2.

Additional information is available on the BoxGrinder Documentation wiki page.

Quick and easy appliance generation for the cloud.

GCC 4.6 Feature

GCC 4.6 feature

GCC 4.6 feature description.

Additional information is available from the Release Notes.

Feature one liner.

Maven 3 Feature

Maven 3 feature

"[Maven] is a tool that can now be used for building and managing any Java-based project. We hope that we have created something that will make the day-to-day work of Java developers easier and generally help with the comprehension of any Java-based project."

"Maven 3 aims to ensure backward compatibility with Maven 2, improve usability, increase performance, allow safe embedding, and pave the way to implement many highly demanded features."

Additional information is available at the website.

Feature one liner.

Python 3.2 Feature

Python 3.2 feature

Python 3.2 offers a stability increase to the already solid 3.x line.

Additional information is available at the python Website Release Notes .

Feature one liner.

Rails 3.0.3 Feature

Rails 3.0.3 feature

"Rails 3.0.3 includes a much faster version of Active Record that reclaims the performance lost when we went from Rails 2.3.x to 3.x and then some [added preformance]."

Additional information is available at the Rails Website.

Feature one liner.


Features/Tag feature

Feature description.

Additional information is available at the .

Feature one liner.


A few highlighted Fedora Spins coming out with this release.

Including, but not limited to;

Not to mention the very famous,

For the Official Fedora 15 Release Spins, see the Fedora 15 Release Spins link.

KDE 4.6 Name

KDE 4.6

KDE Puts You In Control with New Workspaces, Applications and Platform

Additional information is available at the KDE announcement page.

Feature one liner.

Sugar 0.92 Name

Sugar 0.92

Sugar 0.92 feature description. Sugar 0.92 is full of bug-fixes and performance increases.

A Change list is available at This website.

Feature one liner.

Xfce 4.8 Name

Xfce 4.8

Xfce 4.8 has a number of improvements and new features. A few of the more notable ones:

  • Xfce menu will support menu merging.
  • Allows graphical menu editors like alacarte to work with Xfce.
  • Thunar is ported from thunar-vfs to gvfs allowing for mounting all kinds of remote shares.
  • PolicyKit support in xfce4-session.
  • Multilib enhancements for xfce4-panel plugins.
  • run dialog (alt+f2) now runs with the users full session environment
  • Task list windows can now be filtered by monitor.
  • Improved multi-monitor support
  • Many other bug fixes, minor enhancements and memory improvements.

A tour is available at the Xfce Tour Website along with Screenshots.

Full changelogs are also available

A fast, friendly and clean desktop

Spin Name

Features/Tag feature

Feature description.

Additional information is available at the .

Feature one liner.