ENTERPRISE LINUX VENDOR Red Hat has released its Fedora 17 'Beefy Miracle' distribution just over a month after Canonical released its Ubuntu 12.04 distribution.
The Red Hat sponsored Fedora project serves as the proving ground for new features that eventually end up in the firm's Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) operating system. Now Red Hat has announced that it has released Fedora 17 including updates to Gnome, Eclipse, GIMP and Openstack along with numerous patches.
Canonical's Ubuntu Linux distribution might have shunned Gnome 3 in favour of its Unity desktop interface but Red Hat continues to stick with Gnome in Fedora, shipping Gnome 3.4 as its default window manager. Fedora 17 also includes GIMP 2.8 and Openstack Essex, while developers who like to live on the edge can run Eclipse Juno, the full release of which is expected later this year.
Fedora project leader Robyn Bergeron said, "I am extremely proud of the Fedora 17 release. The addition of projects such as Ovirt [virtual machine management] and JBoss Application Server 7, enhancements in Openstack, and continued support for fresh releases of desktop environments demonstrate the Fedora Project's commitment to deliver rich features and capabilities. This, combined with our leading-edge innovations at the operating-system level, truly makes Fedora 17 a comprehensive and robust operating system for all types of users."
Like Canonical's regular Ubuntu releases, the Fedora Project releases new versions of Fedora every six months. Unlike Ubuntu, the Fedora Project doesn't pitch its operating system as being the most user-friendly Linux distribution out there, however due to its six month release schedule hardware support is excellent and Fedora gives firms considering RHEL a glimpse at some of the features that will appear in RHEL six months to a couple of years down the road. µ