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Fedora 13 Desktop Features

Fedora 13 Beta is about to be released shortly and I am particularly happy with the desktop enhancements we have made in this release. Check out the announcement for more details.  In particular, the new set of defaults:

Shotwell Photo Manager:  Awesome program.  It has replaced both Gthumb and F-Spot.  Unlike F-Spot which pulls in a lot of Mono dependencies and requires you to import the photos into it’s library, Shotwell in it’s latest version included in Fedora 13 Beta can do photo management without importing them.  It is written in Vala and super fast.  
Mono Status:  There has been some confusion over the status of Mono in Fedora.  When Mono was originally included in Fedora, Beagle, Tomboy and F-Spot were the default applications. Beagle was too slow and had many bugs and was dropped from the default list soon after. Tomboy was replaced by Gnote in Fedora 12 and Fedora 13 replaces F-Spot by Shotwell.  Mono hasn’t included by default in the Fedora Live CD for the past several releases ever since Fedora 10 release.  So the current status is that Mono and Mono apps are still in the Fedora repository but none of them are still by default any longer. 
Déjà Dup Backup Tool:  It is a simple and well integrated backup tool that is a frontend to duplicity.  Duplicity uses librsync and gpg for encryption.  There is support for backing up to a remote location and everything from ftp, http. webdav, ssh to even Amazon S3 is supported and with encryption to top it off.  I hope this encourages more Fedora users to do regular backups of their critical data.  Incidentally this tool is written in Vala as well.  I am a maintainer of this one
Pino client: With micro-blogging on the rise,  a lot of distributions have started boasting about “social networking” capabilities.  Many of them include Gwibber by default.  Gwibber was nice but it has recently gotten a dependency on desktopcouch and seems too bloated at this point.   Pino is what we included by default in Fedora 13 and while there a few UI quirks,  I am expecting them to ironed out and this program to become well rounded soon.   Yet another program we include that is written in Vala.  I am a co-maintainer for Pino.  All this might seem a focused effort towards adopting Vala programs but that is just a coincidence.  The important part is features and functionality.  Speed and less dependency bloat does not hurt either.  
Homogonizing the different images:  Thanks to Colin Walter’s efforts, the differences between the defaults in the Desktop Live image and non-live images are mostly gone with the obvious exception of which is not part of the Live image. 
I, of course have not covered all the features that range from automatic printer driver installation,  experiemental 3D support via Nouveau for Nvidia cards to a command line interface to NetworkManager and many many more.  Read the Fedora 13 Beta announcement for that. 

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Written by mether

April 13, 2010 at 7:48 pm

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  1. Truthfully, I think pino is waaay to young a project to be included as the default. The goal of the desktop spin is to show off the best apps, and I don’t really think pino (or gwibber for that matter) are that good of examples of a micro-blogging client. We’d would have probably been better off not including one this release, and with F14 reassess if pino had improved enough. But hey, that’s just my 2℄. 😉


    April 13, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    • You are right. Pino is a bit weak at the moment but I have high hopes from it. It is not a huge deal IMO. If it turns out to be the wrong choice, we can always replace it in the next release. I heard Red Hat Desktop team is building similar functionality into a GNOME Shell extension.


      April 14, 2010 at 3:12 am

  2. Great post Rahul, thanks!

    Colin Walters

    April 13, 2010 at 9:03 pm

  3. +1 on Shotwell: been using it for a few weeks now and it’s awesome. All the neat features F-Spot had without getting dog slow once you get a decent number of pictures in it. Thanks, Shotwell team!

    Adam Williamson

    April 13, 2010 at 10:03 pm

  4. Wow — compelling features. Unlike Ubuntu 10.04, Fedora seems to bring a lot of interesting things forward in F13 for users. I’ll be using shotwell for sure. Fedora’s dev enviroment as well is getting more integrated and easier to use, while ubuntu continues to flail.If only I didn’t like deb package management (or a sane source based package manager like pacman or portage)


    April 14, 2010 at 12:50 am

    • yum install foo is not that different from apt install foo. Try out the Fedora 13 Live USB. What do you got to lose? 🙂


      April 14, 2010 at 2:49 am

  5. hello y’all.
    You talk about differences being reduced between live images : is this applicable with the KDE Live CD either ?
    I mean will a default install with the DVD, unchecking gnome, checkin KDE and so on be the same as using the KDE LiveCD ? with F12 we were lacking some plasmoids, amarok, between others, that are really important to users and being removed because of space constraints.


    April 15, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    • I was only referring to the work done within the default desktop environment. I think KDE Live CD doesn’t include a few packages that are in the DVD due to lack of space. If you want to provide your feedback to them, drop a mail to

      There is also #fedora-kde irc channel in freenode.


      April 15, 2010 at 2:19 pm

  6. […] ellos se encuentra Rahul Sundaram quién ha compilado todo un resumen de las nuevas caracteristicas de escritorio más interesantes en Fedora 13: 'Gestor de Fotos Shotwell – un programa imponente. Que ha reemplazado tanto a gThumb como a […]

  7. KDE


    April 26, 2010 at 12:38 am

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