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1. Welcome to Fedora 18

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/):

1.1.1. Need Help?

There are a number of places you can get assistance should you run into problems.
If you run into a problem and would like some assistance, go to http://ask.fedoraproject.org. Many answers are already there, but if you don't find yours, you can simply post a new question. This has the advantage that anyone else with the same problem can find the answer, too.
You may also find assistance on the #fedora channel on the IRC net irc.freenode.net. Keep in mind that the channel is populated by volunteers wanting to help, but folks knowledgable about a specific topic might not always be available.

1.2. Overview

As always, Fedora continues to develop (RedHat contributions) and integrate the latest free and open source software (Fedora 18 Features). The following sections provide a brief overview of major changes from the last release of Fedora.
For more details about the features that are included in Fedora 18 refer to the individual wiki pages that detail feature goals and progress: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/18/FeatureList.

1.3. 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.

1.3.1. 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 F18 bugs, on the wiki.

1.3.2. 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

1.4. Release Notes Directory Change

Release Notes to Move

Beginning with this release, the Fedora Release Notes have a new location.
Traditionally, the Release Notes have been installed in /usr/share/doc/HTML/fedora-release-notes/. Over time, most of the documentation stored in the /usr/share/doc/HTML/ directory tree have moved out of that tree to application_specific directories.
For most users, this change will be invisible because the Release Notes are viewed by selecting the menu choice. However, some users go directly to the file, or may have their own internal links.
Beginning with Fedora 18, the Release Notes are stored in /usr/share/doc/fedora-release-notes-18.0/.