Fedora 18 finally makes beta

Fedora 18 will include completely revamped installer software

By , IDG News Service |  Open Source, Fedora, Fedora 18

Fedora 18 also includes a number of updated applications, including Samba 4; Gnome desktop version 3.6; Perl 5.16; Python 3.3; Rails 3.2; and the most recent release of OpenStack, called Folsom.

The Fedora 18 beta does not address the UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface), an industry initiative to secure computers against malware by designing the computer's firmware to require a trusted key before booting. While both the Linux Foundation and Fedora itself are working on ways to offer trusted UEFI keys for Linux, none of this work has been added to Fedora 18 yet. This lack of UEFI support may mean that it will require considerably more work to install the Fedora 18 beta on new hardware.

Red Hat uses Fedora as the upstream release of its own Red Hat Enterprise Linux, incorporating many of Fedora's updates into its flagship OS. Red Hat pays for some of the development, though volunteers around the globe contribute as well. the DistoWatch open source software packaging company ranks Fedora as the fourth most popular Linux distribution, a statistic generated by the amount of traffic each distribution generates on the company's site.

Last week, the keepers of Linux Mint released a new version of their Linux distribution as well. Linux Mint 14 includes improvements to both the Mate and the Cinnamon desktops, as well as notable refinements to the middleman system (mdm) script manager and the Software Manager.

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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