The Fedora Project, a Red Hat sponsored and community-supported open source collaboration, has introduced version 13 of its open source operating system that combines new open source features with an open and transparent development process.
According to Red Hat, the Fedora 13 comes with new improvements that enhance desktop productivity, assist in software development and improve virtualisation. The user interface of Anaconda, the Fedora installer, has been changed to handle storage devices and partitioning in an easier and streamlined manner, with helpful hints in the right places.
In Fedora 13, a variety of Nvidia graphics cards can now be 3D enabled to support free software games and an enhanced desktop experience. New DisplayPort connectors are supported on ATI and Nvidia cards as well, the company said.
The Fedora 13 also comes with added 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 virtualisation. It also features improvements in performance for KVM networking and large multi-processor systems.
In addition, the new version includes support that allows developers working with mixed libraries (Python and C/C++) in Fedora to get complete information when debugging with gdb.
Paul Frields, fedora project leader at Red Hat, said: “Fedora continues to help advance free and open source software and content. This release comes just six months after the release of Fedora 12, and it incorporates technologies built by free software developers around the globe. The Fedora Project reciprocates by contributing everything built in Fedora back to the open source community.”