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1. Welcome to Fedora 15

1.1. Welcome to Fedora

You can help the Fedora Project community continue to improve Fedora if you file bug reports and enhancement requests. Refer to Bugs And Feature Requests, on the Fedora wiki, for more information about bug and feature reporting. Thank you for your participation.
To find out more general information about Fedora, refer to the following pages, on the Fedora wiki (http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/):

1.2. Overview

As always, Fedora continues to develop (RedHat contributions) and integrate the latest free and open source software (Fedora 15 Features). The following sections provide a brief overview of major changes from the last release of Fedora.
The following are major features for Fedora 15:
  • GNOME 3 including the new GNOME 3 shell
  • KDE 4.6 with the improved Plasma workspace, enhanced core applications, and greater memory efficiency.
  • Xfce 4.8 with a new panel, Thunar enhancements and more.
  • Virtualization improvements including Spice support in virt-manager and support for Xen hosts.

    Note

    Throughout this document, we differentiate Spice, the new virtualization UI, from spice, the legacy circuit modelling application, by the use of an upper case S in the former.
  • Better compression of live images allowing more applications to be provided on a CD.
  • System and session management via systemd, providing more consistent configuration and improved boot performance.
For more details about other features that are included in Fedora 15 refer to their individual wiki pages that detail feature goals and progress: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/15/FeatureList.

1.3. Hardware Overview

1.3.1. Processor and memory requirements for x86 Architectures

The following CPU specifications are stated in terms of Intel processors. Other processors, such as those from AMD, Cyrix, and VIA that are compatible with and equivalent to the following Intel processors, may also be used with Fedora. Fedora 15 requires an Intel Pentium Pro or better processor, and is optimized for i686 and later processors.
  • Recommended for text-mode: 200 MHz Pentium Pro or better
  • Recommended for graphical: 400 MHz Pentium Pro or better
  • Minimum RAM for text-mode: 256 MiB
  • Minimum RAM for graphical: 640 MiB
  • Recommended RAM for graphical: 1152 MiB

1.3.2. Processor and memory requirements for x86_64 architectures

  • Minimum RAM for text-mode: 256 MiB
  • Minimum RAM for graphical: 640 MiB
  • Recommended RAM for graphical: 1152 MiB

1.3.3. Hard disk space requirements for all architectures

The complete packages can occupy over 9 GB of disk space. Final size is entirely determined by the installing spin and the packages selected during installation. Additional disk space is required during installation to support the installation environment. This additional disk space corresponds to the size of /Fedora/base/stage2.img (on Installation Disc 1) plus the size of the files in /var/lib/rpm on the installed system.
In practical terms, additional space requirements may range from as little as 90 MiB for a minimal installation to as much as an additional 175 MiB for a larger installation.
Additional space is also required for any user data, and at least 5% free space should be maintained for proper system operation.

1.4. Feedback

Thank you for taking the time to provide your comments, suggestions, and bug reports to the Fedora community; this helps improve the state of Fedora, Linux, and free software worldwide.

1.4.1. Providing Feedback on Fedora Software

To provide feedback on Fedora software or other system elements, please refer to Bugs And Feature Requests. A list of commonly reported bugs and known issues for this release is available from Common F15 bugs, on the wiki.

1.4.2. Providing Feedback on Release Notes

If you feel these release notes could be improved in any way, you can provide your feedback directly to the beat writers. There are several ways to provide feedback, in order of preference:
  • If you have a Fedora account, edit content directly at Docs-Beats page on the wiki.
  • Fill out a bug request using this template - This link is ONLY for feedback on the release notes themselves. Refer to the admonition above for details.
  • E-mail the Release-Note mailing list at