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9 + 5 things you’ll get with Fedora 10

Fedora 10 will be released on 28th October 2008, let’s take a look at what some of the upcoming features, 9 of them have been accepted by the team, 5 more are still in the “proposed” state. If you want you can check the whole list.

9 accepted features

1. Connection Sharing
This feature will allow to set up an ad-hoc wifi network on a machine with a network connection and a spare wireless card so that other machines will be able to join the first network using the new shared one.

2. Glitch Free Audio
The PulseAudio sound server will be rewritten to use timer-based audio scheduling instead of the traditional interrupt-driven approach. This approach is already used Apple’s CoreAudio and Windows Vista’s audio subsystem and has many advantages such as reduced power consumption, minimization of drop-outs and flexible adjustment of the latency to the needs of the application.

3. OpenChange
Integrating the libmapi library from OpenChange, tools such as kdepim and Evolution will become first-class clients of a Microsoft Exchange Server.

4. Security Audit
A new security too will be added to Fedora 10, called sectool. It can be used as a security audit and as an intrusion detection. It consists of set of tests, library and textual/graphical frontends. Administrators will be able to run selected tests, groups or whole security levels with ease.

5. Better Webcam Support
subject says it all :-)

6. Better Remote Support
A new graphical frontend will be developed to make it easy to connect and configure Infra-Red remote controls. Users will be able to remotely control multimedia applications such as rhythmbox and totem with this feature.

7. RPM 4.6
The new major RPM version (after years) will add a lot of new feature, replacing the old RPM 4.4

8. Haskell Support
Haskell is a growing programming language, Fedora 10 will have a better support for it, adding a lot of packages for the language itself and many softwares written in Haskell.

9. Artistic 1.0 License Removal
This is not a feature as we classically think but it will bring a lot of polish in the license ecosystem removing all packages licensed only under the Artistic 1.0 license.

5 proposed features

1. Better Startup
The team is writing a software (Plymouth) to make the startup experience flicker-free, seamless and shiny. This new software will get rid of RHGB, start before “/” is mounted and doesn’t require an X server.

2. Better printing
The printer configuration GUIs will be overhauled to look friendlier and more in line with modern desktop applications. In addition, the configurator won’t need root privileges anymore.

3. Port reserve
This feature will integrate the port reservation utility into Fedora 10, preventing RPC services from taking specified privileged TCP ports. It will do this by reserving them at boot, and providing a mechanism for releasing them on demand. This is important for non-RPC services which require privileged ports, such as CUPS.

4. Python-NSS
This will be mostly invisible to a user, adding Python bindings for NSS/NSPR and allowing Python programs to use the NSS cryptographic libraries for SSL/TLS and PKI certificate management.

5. Save to Bugzilla
Fedora 10’s installer will be able to save bug reports directly to Fedora’s bugzilla, making it easier to debug the installer. Check a video of this feature in action.