THE FEDORA PROJECT has released Fedora 18, offering users the ability to chose the Cinnamon and Mate window managers directly from the installer.
The Fedora Project had to delay the release of Fedora 18, known as Spherical Cow, beyond its usual six month cycle but has come up with a release that includes several high profile changes along with the usual wealth of under the hood improvements. Fedora 18 presents more window manager options at install time including the rapidly maturing Cinnamon and Mate.
According to the Fedora Project, Fedora 18's Anaconda installer has been rewritten and it claims the user experience has improved. Fedora and other Linux distributions have been using Anaconda for years and while additions have been made through the years, the look and feel hasn't changed much in well over five years and, compared to Ubuntu's much more streamlined installer, appeared somewhat old school.
Like all Linux distributions, Fedora could always be configured with different window managers and the project has offered 'spins' that included the XFCE and LXDE window managers preinstalled. However Fedora's decision to offer the option for users to choose Cinnamon or Mate at install time is a big seal of approval for the two popular projects that have been mainly associated with the Linux Mint distribution.
The project has also included developer tools changes in Fedora 18 with updated packages for Python, Rails, D and Perl. Fedora also added support for Openstack's Folsom release and included Samba 4, which supports Microsoft's Active Directory protocol.
Although Fedora 18 is a little late, the distribution is likely to win over some fans with its wide selection of window managers available at installation. Fedora also serves as the integration model for leading edge software code that will eventually become Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS and Scientific Linux, meaning that more features and options for those workhorse Linux distributions will appear on the horizon soon. µ