Fedora 17 takes to the cloud

Ahead of Red Hat's own flagship release, the Red Hat-sponsored Fedora project includes OpenStack and JBoss 7.0

By , IDG News Service |  Open Source, Fedora, Linux

It also includes the last version of the controversial Gnome interface. Many Linux users have found the new interface difficult to use, including Linux maintainer Linus Torvalds, who called it an "unholy mess." Fellow Linux distributors Canonical dropped Gnome in favor of its own new Unity interface and the Linux Mint Project now offers an older version 2.0-based Gnome for users who still prefer the older interface.

"We pride ourselves in being ahead of other people in our use of Gnome," Bergeron said, defending the use of Gnome as the default. "It is controversial, but I don't think great things come from people being content."

Fedora also comes with a number of other desktops as alternatives, including KDE, XFCE, and LXDE.

The Fedora Project estimated that there are almost 38 million copies of the Linux-based distribution connected to the Internet.

Joab Jackson covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Joab on Twitter at @Joab_Jackson. Joab's e-mail address is Joab_Jackson@idg.com

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