Regardless of the few hiccups along the way, Fedora 13, codenamed Goddard, is finally released. This is a significant release both for Fedora and Linux users as a whole as this is probably the first (correct me if I am wrong) mainstream Linux distro to come with Btrfs support.
So whats new in Fedora 13? Here is a brief overview:
- Simpler installation and device access – Anaconda, the Fedora installer, has a new user interface make handling storage devices and partitioning a lot easier. Once installed, Fedora automatically offers driver installation.
- Accelerated 3D graphics using free drivers - A variety of Nvidia graphics cards can now be 3D enabled to support free software games and an enhanced desktop experience. Of course, the ATI and Intel video cards are still supported.
- Virtualization enhancements - Fedora 13 adds support for stable PCI addresses, enabling virtual guests to retain PCI addresses’ space on a host machine and expanding opportunities for large-scale automation of virtualization.
- Enhanced software development and debugging - Fedora 13 includes new support that allows developers working with mixed libraries (Python and C/C++) in Fedora to get more complete information when debugging with gdb.
- Expanded Btrfs features – Btrfs has been added as an optional filesystem (not default) with filesystem snapshots capability.
You can view the full release note here.
All in all, this is a very interesting release both for Linux users everywhere as Fedora continues to bring bleeding-edge technology to average users.
You can download Fedora 13 here.