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1. Welcome to Fedora 20

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 knowledgeable about a specific topic might not always be available.

1.2. Overview

As always, Fedora continues to develop (Red Hat contributions) and integrate the latest free and open source software (Fedora 20 Changes). 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 20 refer to the individual wiki pages that detail feature goals and progress: http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Releases/20/ChangeSet.

1.3. Hardware Overview

Fedora 20 provides software to suit a wide variety of applications. The storage, memory and processing requirements vary depending on usage. For example, a high traffic database server requires much more memory and storage than a business desktop, which in turn has higher requirements than a single-purpose virtual machine.

1.3.1. Minimum System Configuration

The figures below are a recommended minimum for the default installation. Your requirements may differ, and most applications will benefit from more than the minimum resources.
1GHz or faster processor
1GB System Memory
10GB unallocated drive space

Low memory installations

Fedora 20 can be installed and used on systems with limited resources for some applications. Text, vnc, or kickstart installations are advised over graphical installation for systems with very low memory. Larger package sets require more memory during installation, so users with less than 768MB of system memory may have better results preforming a minimal install and adding to it afterward.
For best results on systems with less than 1GB of memory, use the DVD installation image.

1.3.2. Display resolution

Graphical Installation requires 800x600 resolution or higher

Graphical installation of Fedora 20 requires a minimum screen resolution of 800x600. Owners of devices with lower resolution, such as some netbooks, should use text or VNC installation.
Once installed, Fedora will support these lower resolution devices. The minimum resolution requirement applies only to graphical installation.

1.3.3. Graphics Hardware

1.3.3.1. Minimum Hardware for Accelerated Desktops
Fedora 20 supports most display adapters. Modern, feature-rich desktop environments like GNOME3 and KDE Plasma Workspaces use video devices to provide 3D-accelerated desktops. Older graphics hardware may not support acceleration:
Intel prior to GMA9xx
NVIDIA prior to NV30 (GeForce FX5xxx series)
Radeon prior to R300 (Radeon 9500)
1.3.3.2. CPU Accelerated Graphics
Systems with older or no graphics acceleration devices can have accelerated desktop environments using LLVMpipe technology, which uses the CPU to render graphics. LLVMpipe requires a processor with SSE2 extensions. The extensions supported by your processor are listed in the flags: section of /proc/cpuinfo
1.3.3.3. Choosing a Desktop Environment for your hardware
Fedora 20's default desktop environment, GNOME3, functions best with hardware acceleration. Alternative desktops are recommended for users with older graphics hardware or those seeing insufficient performance with LLVMpipe.
Desktop environments can be added to an existing installation and selected at login. To list the available desktops, use the yum grouplist command:
        yum grouplist -v hidden | grep desktop
Install the desired group:
        yum groupinstall "KDE Plasma Workspaces"
Or, use the short group name to install:
        yum install @mate-desktop-environment

1.4. Architecture Specific Content

1.4.1. Cloud Specific Content

Fedora 20 continues efforts to produce tested and proven cloud images. The images are now built using the same tooling as other release media, and the Fedora Cloud team has actively trimmed and improved their product. Get started using Fedora 20 in the cloud now at http://fedoraproject.org/en/get-fedora-options#clouds!

1.4.2. ARM Specific Content

ARM in Fedora is all grown up! With the release of Fedora 20, ARM is considered a primary architecture meaning that it receives the same amount of attention that the x86 and x86-64 releases get. Fedora ARM officially supports armv7hl, and work on AArch64 is underway. To find out how to help or learn about other unofficial ARM ports read the ARM section of the wiki. Architectures/ARM

1.5. 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.

1.5.1. 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 F20 bugs, on the wiki.

1.5.2. 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