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These are the Talking Points for the Fedora 16 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.

For desktop users and everyone

Things of general interest to most people using Fedora.

GNOME 3.2 Feature

GNOME 3.2 feature

GNOME 3.2 is the next version of the GNOME desktop. GNOME 3.2 brings a new way to manage extensions. Along side Gnome 3.2 Fedora 16 Also includes GDM 3. This creates a flawless integration between your desktop experience and starting up your session.

Additional information is available at the Gnome 3 website.

GNOME 3 is a major rewrite of the GNOME desktop.


Feature link

Feature description.

Additional information is available at the .

Feature one line summary.

For administrators

Improvements that make system administrators' lives better.

GRUB2 Feature

GRUB2 feature

GRUB 2 has replaced what was formerly known as GRUB (i.e. version 0.9x), which has, in turn, become GRUB Legacy. Enhancements to GRUB are still being made, but the current released versions are quite usable for normal operation

Additional information is available at the Grub Website

GRUB2 Makes it easier to update the boot loader using a simple command


Feature link

Feature description.

Additional information is available at the .

Feature one line summary.

For developers

Innovations that make Fedora a great platform for software developers.

D Programming

D2 programming

The D2 programming language will be available in Fedora 16. D is a modern language with high performance near C/C++ with an easy syntax. C/C++ and Java developers can easily migrate to D.

Update D compiler (LDC) to D2, about D standard runtime library: update Tango to D2 (optional),add phobos

GCC Python Plugins


The plugins will allow interested developers to extend GCC in Python 2 and Python 3, without needing to deal with the C internals of GCC.

Example of potential uses include adding new compiler warnings based on:

  • GTK's reference-counting semantics
  • locking in the Linux kernel
  • signal-safety in APIs.
  • malloc/free usage (e.g. use-after-free bugs)
  • array boundary checks

Interested developers should be able to use this to easily extend GCC by writing Python scripts, such as adding new warnings for a library that they work on, without needing to use C.

Perl 5.14 Feature

Perl 5.14 feature

Perl releases will be now every year and updates during year will be containing mainly bug fixes. The release 5.14.0 should be stable release, but 5.14.1 should contain bugfixes for issues introduced in 5.14.0.

Additional information is available at the [http:/ Perl website].

Perl 5.14 brings a lot of changes. Details about them could be found at perl delta


Feature link

Feature description.

Additional information is available at the .

Feature one line summary.


A few highlighted Fedora Spins coming out with this release.

For the Official Fedora 16 Release Spins, see the Fedora 16 Release Spins link.

KDE Plasma Workspaces 4.7

KDE 4.7

KDE 4.7, the latest set of releases, providing major updates to the KDE Plasma Workspaces, KDE Applications, and the KDE Platform that provides the foundation for KDE software. Version 4.7 of these releases provide many new features and improved stability and performance. More info can be found at [1]

Rebase to KDE Plasma Workspace 4.7. including Plasma Desktop and Netbook workspaces, the KDE Applications and the KDE Platform.