Sunday 8 July 2012

Fedora 17

The Latest version of most popular Red Hat sponsored Linux distro is "Fedora 17". The goal of The Fedora Project is to work with the Linux community to build a complete, general purpose operating system exclusively from free software. It includes support for hardware-accelerated 2D graphics, encryption and hardware cursor. Normal users and system administrators can enjoy several new features included in this Linux Distro.

Things which got changed in Fedora 17 from 16 are:
Fedora login screen has a new background image but everything else still looks the same. This is not surprising. It has been only 6 months since the last release. The real changes are under the hood and in the applications that come with Fedora. 

Most noticable a new version of the Gnome desktop environment, the Gimp image editor with its long awaited single window mode & the LibreOffice word processor.

There are also some new applications included, e.g. Gnome Documents to manage your local documents as well as documents stored online at Google or Dropbox.

The filesystem layout has changed which can cause troubles upgrading from previous versions & for custom written scripts but will not be noticeable by most users.

There is a new virtualization front end called Boxes but still most users will prefer to use VirtualBox which is also easy to use and has support for 3D acceleration.

Fedora 17 seems to boot a bit quicker, the desktop feels a bit faster and menus are more responsive. It comes with Linux Kernel 3.4 which includes support for new hardware and enables power saving features for Intel’s Sandy-Bridge chips. Many small improvements come with the new 3.4 version of Gnome.

Key Features of Fedora 17
  • Software rendering for GNOME Shell
  • Boost 1.48
  • Mozilla Firefox 12
  • PHP 5.4
  • GIMP 2.8
  • Improved NetworkManager
  • Support for the D2 programming language
  • Improved and extended Power Management
  • Updated Eclipse to Juno
  • Support for Lohit Unicode 6.0
  • DRI2 3D drivers
  • OpenJDK 7 as the default Java Runtime Environment
  • Support for Automatic Seat and ConsoleKit removal
  • Added Thermostat
  • SSSD-Sudo integration
  • SSSD AutoFS integration
  • KDE Plasma dependency generation
  • Updated Cluster Stack to support Enhanced Failover
  • Sugar 0.96
  • Static analysis of Python reference counts
  • Revamped LiveCD installation

If you are interested to know more about the features of fedora 17, Just download it. :)

Visit the link to download different editions of Fedora 17: Click Here

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