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Fedora is a Linux-based operating system that brings the latest in free and open source software to your desktop, laptop, or server, and it gives you access to thousands of open source applications. This user-friendly operating system is built by people across the globe who work together as the Fedora Project community.

Fedora is free to use, modify, and distribute, and includes software that helps you work, play, organize, and socialize. You can read more about the Fedora Project on our Overview page.


What's new in Fedora 18?

Fedora 18 ("Spherical Cow")

Desktop users

System Administrators



Spins are more specialized versions of Fedora that allow you to run programs that suit your interests. For example:

Looking for something else?

Find more spins at -- there's a spin for everyone, from education and gaming to science and more!

How to get started

Intrigued? Want to give Spherical Cow a spin?

HOW TO DL LiveDVD, regardless of what operating system you're running. This will give you a working version of Fedora, complete with common applications, all running off your CD drive - your hard drive won't be touched at all. And when you're ready, installation is just a click away.

Want an even more enjoyable way to use Fedora, risk-free? Try the Live USB option. You can create a bootable USB stick so you can take Fedora with you anywhere you go or on a netbook/laptop without a CD/DVD drive. Check out the instruction page here:

And if you're running Fedora 17, upgrading is easy. Refer to our handy documentation for help.

Help make Fedora!

Want to join the Fedora community and help us make the best Linux distribution even better? Get started at Our diverse community from all over the globe welcomes contributors of all types. From artists to marketers to coders to testers to writers to translators and more, you too can get involved. Share what you know or help with something you've always wanted to learn; mentors are always available to help you get started. Any help is appreciated!

We'd love to hear your thoughts on Fedora 13. Have a suggestion? Find a bug? Start by taking a look at the Common F18 bugs to see if it's something we know about. (That page has information on what to do if you don't find your bug, too.)

Further reading

Want more? Here are some further resources on Fedora 18, or you talk with a community member in our live chat 24/7.