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If thirteen is supposed to be an unlucky number, why tempt the Fates and launch the beta of a thirteenth version of a product on the thirteenth of the month - and on the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission to the Moon, which damned near killed its three astronauts? And particularly when you have code-named that release " …


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  1. Anonymous Coward

    Correct that for you

    ""SS Sturmbannführer Wernher von Braun," after the American father of modern rocketry?"

    SS == SchutzStaffel. Nazi special brute troupe.

  2. alain williams Silver badge

    Zafara is not entirely free


    You will see that they want some 30 Euros/user if you want full Outlook support, the community (== free) version gives you webmail; so not quite what you said -- unfortunately.

    1. Adam Williamson 1


      Yeah, that's true. Obviously the Zarafa included in Fedora is the open source code, and there's no mechanism for it to advertise the closed versions at you, but still. We've started a discussion on that in the Fedora marketing group. Personally I'd rather have pushed eGroupware, but we'll see what happens.

  3. Adam Williamson 1
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    Graphics cards: correction

    Nice article, but the signal's got a bit mixed up here:

    "On the graphics driver front, Fedora 12 had support for the free and unemcumbered radeon driver for newer ATI graphics cards from Advanced Micro Devices, and Fedora 13 adds the similarly open source nouveau driver for recent Nvidia graphics cards. Red Hat and Fedora will continue to support the use of closed source, proprietary drivers and is working to make the radeon and nouveau drivers better. It remains to be seen if they will ever be as good as the vendor drivers, but that is clearly the goal."

    Fedora has used the radeon driver forever, and the nouveau driver since F11. The major changes for F13 are:

    * initial r800 support in radeon (that's the latest generation of ATI cards)

    * available (very) experimental 3D support for nouveau, by installing the 'mesa-dri-drivers-experimental' package

    Fedora specifically does not support and never has supported the use of "closed source, proprietary drivers"; there is no change in this stance for F13. These drivers are available for Fedora users from a widely-used third party repository (RPM Fusion), but Fedora does not endorse this, and is not associated with RPM Fusion. Fedora specifically encourages its users always to use F/OSS software, including drivers.


    Adam Williamson

    Fedora QA

  4. Ammaross Danan

    In Addition

    I also know of another alternate: Kolab

    I have not actually implemented a test environment to see exactly how compatible the latest incarnation is though.

  5. Anonymous Coward

    One more disturbing coincidence

    May 6 ("compose release candidate") happens to be the 73rd anniversary of the Hindenburg disaster. Just another coincidence I guess.

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