Fedora 13 Gains Features, Progresses
Written by Michael Larabel in Fedora on 16 January 2010 at 09:01 AM EST. 1 Comment
Before Fedora 12 was even released there were already feature plans for Fedora 13 and since that point new features have continued to be added to their feature plans, including Btrfs system rollback support. While the Fedora 13 feature freeze is less than a month away, a few new features continue to be added while the existing features continue to progress.

Following a FESCo (Fedora Engineering Steering Committee) meeting yesterday, four new features have been officially added to Fedora 13's plate. KDE 4.4 will be officially included in Fedora 13, PolicyKit One support for Qt/KDE applications and the KDE desktop will be added, the Sugar Learning Environment from the OLPC project will be updated against the latest version (v0.88), and the Xfce desktop will be updated against the latest Xfce 4.8 packages.

The statuses for several of the Fedora 13 features were updated following the addition of these four new features. The features now nearing completion is on-demand printer driver installation support, GNOME Color Manager integration for generating color profiles in the GNOME desktop, SSSD by default, and an upgrade against Upstart 0.6. Still falling behind for Fedora 13 is updating the Moblin Netbook Environment against the unreleased Moblin 2.2, a Python 3 stack that can run in parallel with Python 2, and creating a new user account dialog tool. The Btrfs system rollback support is, unfortunately, the only feature still at a zero percent completion status (may be delayed to Fedora 14?).

The current Fedora 13 feature list with detailed explanations and status information is available from the Fedora Project Wiki. Yesterday we also delivered the first Fedora 13 benchmarks from a nightly build. The final release of Fedora 13 is expected in May while the first Alpha release is expected to arrive in early March.
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