"The developers behind the popular Fedora Linux distribution
announced on Tuesday the official release of version 13, codenamed
Goddard. It brings some important platform improvements and several
new desktop applications.
"In order to get hardware-accelerated 3D graphics on the Linux
desktop, users have typically had to rely on the proprietary
drivers that are supplied by the graphic card vendors. The Linux
community has had tremendous difficulty building its own
alternative open source drivers, but the hard work is starting to
"Fedora 13 offers open source drivers that support an assortment
of ATI, NVIDIA, and Intel graphics cards, allowing many users to
run a compositing window manager or play 3D games without having to
install proprietary bits. The availability of hardware-accelerated
graphics with open drivers will be especially important after the
upcoming release of GNOME 3, which has a new user interface shell
that relies on compositing. An early preview of the new GNOME Shell
is available from the Fedora repositories for users who want to
test it now."
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