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Technical

  • NetworkManager - Connection sharing makes it possible for one Fedora system to become a collaboration hub for everyone. With a single wired or mobile broadband connection, and a few mouse clicks, the user can create a new wireless ad-hoc network on a separate wireless network interface, which other nearby machines can use for Internet access.
  • PackageKit - PackageKit has taken the next step on its development roadmap, with the first in a series of features that will enhance the free software desktop experience. PackageKit can now use a set of dependency information provided in RPM packages to search for codecs for supported media. PackageKit uses the repository configuration on the host machine to determine search locations, and after authorization by the user, installs and plays the media. In the Fedora 11 timeframe and beyond, PackageKit will develop additional capabilities for installing fonts and applications in the same fashion. These changes will give Fedora users an experience that surpasses every other operating system thanks to the openness of free software.
  • Plymouth/faster boot - Starting the legacy RHGB takes quite a bit of time, memory and disk activity. It requires numerous graphical user interface pieces to load just a few messages and a progress bar and slows down booting significantly. The kernel’s new mode setting capability makes it possible to speed up the boot process, and offer a pleasant visual experience with crossfading. The full beauty of the loader in its initial Fedora 10 release will be best appreciated by people with recent ATI video cards, but Plymouth is being actively improved to extend the experience for even more users.
  • RPM 4.6 - The first major update to RPM in a number of years, this upgrade contains an enormous number of bug fixes, enhancements, and new features such as much larger package sizes, better error handling and syntax checking, and experimental handling of more tightly compressed LZMA payloads.
  • Virtualization improvements - This release features substantial improvements in remote installation and management of virtual hosts, and enhancements to storage provisioning. These new features enable centralization, automation and delegation in environments that rely heavily on virtualization.
  • Appliance tools - The Appliance OS (AOS) and the Appliance Creation Tool (ACT), combined with the new "FEDORA REMIX" mark, allow OEMs, developers, and ISVs to create new and exciting offerings using comfortable and well-documented Fedora tools as a baseline. Users can combine outside technologies with Fedora's enormous universe of free and open source software to build innovative and useful appliances. The Fedora Remix mark allows appliance builders to credit and drive interest in the Fedora Project, which helps advance the infrastructure on which they base their creations. More information is available at the Thincrust site.

Full list of technical features appears here.

New Hotness

NEEDS FLESHING OUT

  • fresh new theme
  • GNOME 2.24, KDE 4.1.2
  • Glitch-free audio

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Community

NEEDS FLESHING OUT

  • Easier than ever to join Fedora -- from ~2K Fedora account holders to ~14K since the release of Fedora 9
  • Number of Ambassadors has doubled every year, to over 550 as of August 2008