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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
"Beta" may not be my favorite word in the English language, but it's in the top 100. To some folks, beta may mean "not quite ready for prime time," but to me it means it's time to start enjoying a slew of new features. This is especially true with the Fedora 13 beta released today.
Fedora 13, also known as "Goddard," comes packed with a bunch of new features that are going to benefit not only Fedora users, but most Linux users no matter what distribution they're using. For example, F13 offers Zarafa -- a groupware offering that's meant to be a drop-in replacement for Microsoft Exchange. Testing in Fedora will help everybody using Zarafa, not just the Fedora community.
Naturally, F13 brings a bunch of updates to the old favorites: GNOME, Firefox, the Linux kernel, KDE, and many others. It also includes a slew of new features I'm looking forward to trying like better Webcam support and the ability to control NetworkManager through the command line. Though it won't be visible to many users, F13 is also delivering features that will make it easier to debug Python. The feature list is actually quite hefty.