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Fedora 13 released with open 3D drivers and Python 3 stack

May 27, 2010, 18:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ryan Paul)

"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 pay off.

"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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