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Fedora 13 "Goddard" beta emphasizes automation

Apr 15, 2010, 04:04 (0 Talkback[s])
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"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."

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