Fedora 18 Beta Announcement

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=Fedora 18 Beta release, "Spherical Cow," now available=
The Fedora Project team is excited to announce the  beta release of its free, fully functional
Linux operating system, Fedora 18, code-named “Spherical Cow.” Fedora continues to enable users
to experience the latest in free and open source technology, integrated into a Linux distribution
and ready for free download, use, modification and redistribution.
The Fedora Project worldwide community works to advance the cause of software freedom. These
contributors hail from a variety of industries and educational backgrounds, and are dedicated to
creating a vibrant, growing community to advance free and open source software. The most
anticipated result of this community is the Fedora distribution itself, the open operating system
released by the project approximately every six months. Each Fedora release represents the
culmination of work by hundreds of engineers and thousands of contributors from many different
locations and many different walks of life.
New releases of Fedora represent the upstream for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the enterprise
operating platform delivered by Red Hat that includes ongoing support and a broad certified
ecosystem. Fedora serves as a community research and development lab, where code changes and
innovations often form the basis for other Red Hat open source projects. While not every alteration
will make it from Fedora to the corresponding release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Fedora’s role
as a rapidly moving platform for future development allows it to provide important,
community-driven updates.
Software enthusiasts are encouraged to download the beta release of Fedora 18, take it for a test
drive and help identify items that need attention before Fedora 18 is delivered for general
availability. With the beta release, the software is relatively stable, but real-world use and
reports from users helps identify any lingering bugs so they can be addressed before it is more
widely distributed.
Explore what’s new in the Fedora 18 beta, including these highlighted release features:
===For users everywhere===
Fedora 18 offers a brand-new version of the Gnome desktop, version 3.6, straight from the upstream
development process. Updates have also been made to the KDE, XFCE and Sugar desktop environments;
additionally, the MATE desktop is available for the first time in Fedora.
Fedora's new installer user interface enhances the anaconda installer with improvements in ease of
use and installation.
===For developers===
This release includes several language updates, including the move to Perl 5.16, updating the
Python 3 stack from 3.2 to 3.3, Rails 3.2 and updated D and Haskell programming environments.
===For system administrators===
Fedora 18 includes the final release of Samba 4, and can be used on an Active Directory domain out
of the box. An integrated, new native management software allows you to access data and server
information easily.
OpenStack in Fedora 18 has been updated to Folsom, the most recent release by the OpenStack
community.  This Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) platform enables the creation and management of
cloud infrastructure.
Eucalyptus 3.1, another IaaS platform, is available in Fedora for the first time, and includes  the
major components of Eucalyptus.
Storage System Management CLI tools simplify the user interface by providing unified abstraction
and interface for multiple storage technologies, including lvm, btrfs and md raid.
[http://fedoraproject.org/get-prerelease Download the Fedora 18 beta] and please give us your feedback. The final release of Fedora 18
is expected later in the year.

Latest revision as of 01:09, 28 November 2012