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Fedora 13 Goddard screenshots

After a number of postponements, Fedora 13 is now due to appear on 25 May. ZDNet Australia took a pre-release of the upcoming "Goddard" distribution for a spin to see what's been cooking.
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The install begins with a nice selection of options.

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Before getting into the install proper, a media check produces a nostalgic blue-and-white text screen.

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It's good to have a warning to remind the user that a pre-release is about to be installed.

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The installation process gives you a chance to customise the software sets and repositories to be used.

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Fedora 13 sticks with the boot screen from Fedora 12.

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Upon booting a new installation, Fedora offers to submit a hardware profile to the Fedora Project.

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GDM remains in typical Fedora blue garb.

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The default Fedora desktop.

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Fedora's "Add/Remove Software" utility makes controlling installed packages a breeze.

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The utility even offers to start a new application you have just installed. This is a much better improvement, as it doesn't make the user search the new application in GNOME's menus.

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There are times when you need to update Fedora. Hopefully you will have less than the 424 updates we had — but such is the world of beta software.

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Fedora 13 comes equipped with GNOME's 2.30 release.

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Rather than use F-Spot for image manipulation like other distributions, Fedora chooses the Shotwell application instead.

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It wouldn't be Fedora without SELinux.

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Fedora 13 comes with a new account information utility. It is a big improvement over its predecessor.

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The password dialog includes a password strength meter and some nice suggestions for strong passwords.

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Taking advantage of Nautilus' new view options in GNOME 2.30

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NetBeans is updated to version 6.8 and still sports a Sun logo.

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A new utility exclusive to Fedora 13 is the Colour Management utility. Functionality that has been present in Windows and Mac OSes for a long time.

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