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Our Favorite Features So Far For Fedora 21

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Published on 06 April 2014 12:34 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Fedora
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While Fedora 21 is still within planning and early development stages, there's already a number of changes that have us looking forward to this next Fedora Linux release toward the end of 2014.

Among the features we're looking forward to seeing materialized during the F21 cycle include:

- Python 3 will become the default Python implementation over Python 2. The Py3 stack will also be upgraded from Python 3.3 to Python 3.4.

- The X.Org Server will run without root rights for better system security.

- Greater security by compiling packages with GCC using the -Werror=format-security switch to refuse compiling code that is vulnerable to a string format security flaw. It's part of an effort for Fedora to better secure its packages.

- Syslinux support will be added to U-Boot by default with pxelinux and extlinux support for simplified ARM booting.

- Allwinner "Sunxi" A10/A13/A20 ARM SoCs will be supported by Fedora ARM.

- Systemd changes ranging from the handling of the CUPS log to using systemd's journal to converting more cron jobs to systemd time units.

- Perhaps most exciting to us is the plans for great out-of-the-box OpenCL support. Fedora 21 may very well be the first operating system shipping with decent open-source OpenCL support in applications and by the open-source graphics drivers... The Gallium3D Clover still has a ways to mature for the Radeon/Nouveau drivers and for Intel there's the controversial Beignet project but hopefully by the time Fedora 21 is ready to ship the support and capabilities will be better and there will be more open-source applications on the desktop attempting to leverage GPGPU features.

Other planned Fedora 21 features can be found by our many Fedora 21 articles along with the official list on the Fedora Project Wiki. Fedora 21 is tentatively scheduled for a mid-October release but delays tend to be frequent for pushing out Fedora Linux.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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