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 templates.
A complete list of Fedora 18 features is available on The Fedora Project
community release announcement page: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/F18_release_announcement.
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,
Fedora 18 is globally generally available today.
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
about The Fedora Project community.
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
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