Fedora 13 "Goddard" beta emphasizes automation
Apr 15, 2010, 04:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Brown)
"The Fedora project released a beta version of Fedora 13
(codenamed "Goddard"). The updated community Linux distribution is
touted for features including automatic print-driver installation,
the Btrfs filesystem, enhanced 3D driver support, revamped Python
bindings, and the Zarafa groupware package, says the project.
"As we reported last month when the Fedora 13 alpha was
released, the Fedora project has focused considerable attention on
automating commonly used functions for greater ease of use. The
latest release of this traditionally techie-focused cutting-edge,
community-driven upstream contributor to Red Hat Enterprise Linux
(RHEL) is named after rocket scientist Robert Goddard. Expected to
ship in final form in May, Fedora 13 follows the final release of
Fedora 12 in November.
"The automation is primarily due to enhancements to the RPM and
PackageKit, which, for example, now offers automatic installation
of printer drivers, according to the project. PackageKit is
designed to respond to a wide variety of user actions, including
the insertion of an unfamiliar CD type, and then offers to install
appropriate software helpers, says the project."