Fedora 18 Features Updated User Interfaces and Desktop Environments

  Fedora 18 Features Updated User Interfaces and Desktop Environments

 Community Collaboration Advances Free and Open Source Distribution with New
                                Fedora Release

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- January 15, 2013

The Fedora Project, a Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT) sponsored and
community-supported open source collaboration, today announced the
availability of Fedora 18, the latest version of its free, open source
operating system distribution. The Fedora Project community is dedicated to
the development and advancement of open source technologies, which culminate
in a new release of Fedora approximately twice each year. Fedora 18 combines
cutting-edge open source features, a streamlined installation experience and
innovative technological enhancements into a reliable, flexible operating
system that can be used by anyone.

Notable Fedora 18 advancements include:

  *User features: The user interface for Fedora's installation procedure,
    part of Anaconda, has been completely re-written, and provides significant
    improvements to the installation experience. Designed to be simple and
    understandable for a traditional desktop user, yet with robust options
    available for more complex installations, the new installation experience
    shines with a clean, modern look. The GNOME desktop environment has been
    updated to the 3.6 release, introducing new enhancements to the message
    tray and notifications, revisions to the Activities Overview and
    accessibility support. KDE Plasma Workspaces has been updated as well,
    with the 4.9 version delivering improvements in stability and performance,
    and many new features. Additionally, the MATE and Cinnamon desktops are
    new desktop options in Fedora 18.
  *Developer features: Fedora 18 includes several language and programming
    environment updates, with fresh versions of Python, Rails, D and Perl.
    Clojure tooling packages and libraries have also been added in this
    release. Finally, SystemTap has been updated to the 2.0 release, extending
    its capabilities for instrumenting code and other diagnostic capabilities,
    and providing those abilities to a greater pool of user access levels.
  *System administrator features: The recently released Samba 4 introduces
    the first free and open source implementation of Active Directory
    protocols, further enhancing its long-standing use for file and print
    sharing in heterogeneous server environments. Fedora 18 also includes
    multiple enhancements to storage management with new tools and libraries
    for storage area network (SAN) and network-attached storage (NAS)
    management, and the addition of System Storage Manager, a unified
    command-line interface for managing multiple storage technologies. oVirt
    Engine, the management application for the oVirt virtualization platform,
    brings in new features with its 3.1 release, and Eucalyptus, a platform
    for on-premise Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) clouds, makes its debut
    in Fedora 18 with its 3.2 release. Finally, Fedora continues to offer
    fresh releases of OpenStack, bringing in the Folsom release; Heat, an
    incubated OpenStack project, is newly available in Fedora, enabling via
    API the orchestration of cloud applications using file- or web-based

A complete list of Fedora 18 features is available on The Fedora Project
community release announcement page: 

The Fedora Project aims to release a new version of its free operating system
approximately every six months, as a rapid development cycle encourages
collaboration and the inclusion of the latest, leading-edge open source
features available. Fedora is built by community members from across the
globe, and the Fedora Project’s transparent and open collaboration process has
attracted thousands of registered contributors, who collectively deliver
releases of Fedora to an ever-expanding base of users worldwide. The total of
unique IPs across Fedora releases since tracking was initiated at Fedora 7 is
now approaching 45 million connections.

The Fedora Project has also held multiple Fedora User and Developer
Conferences (FUDCon) around the world during the past year, including events
in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Paris, France; and
Valencia, Venezuela. The next upcoming FUDCon is planned for January 18 – 20,
2013 in Lawrence, Kansas, USA.


Fedora 18 is globally generally available today.

Supporting Quote

Robyn Bergeron, Fedora Project Leader

“The advances in Fedora 18 are an achievement, and the Fedora Project
community truly has a release to be proud of. Their hard work and dedication
to delivering cutting-edge features, as well as their commitment to freedom
and open source, have resulted in a release that is robust, yet flexible, and
brimming with diverse enhancements. From multiple desktops and cloud
platforms, to numerous new features simplifying administration, to our
brand-new installation experience, Fedora 18 reflects our passion for
delivering the future, first.”

For more information

  *Learn more about The Fedora Project community.
  *Read more about Fedora 18 release highlights.

About The Fedora Project

The Fedora Project is a global partnership of free software community members.
It is sponsored by Red Hat, which invests in the Fedora infrastructure and
resources to encourage collaboration and incubate innovative new technologies.
Some of these technologies may later be integrated into Red Hat products. They
are developed in Fedora and produced under a free and open source license from
inception, so other free software communities and projects are free to study,
adopt and modify them.

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