Five notable new features in Fedora Linux 18 'Spherical Cow'

In addition to including the MATE desktop, this latest release also adds UEFI Secure Boot support.

By Katherine Noyes, PC World |  Operating Systems, Fedora, Linux

2. A rewritten installer

As I noted back when the beta release came out, Fedora's Anaconda installer has been completely rewritten for this release so as to make it easier to use for a wider range of users.

A hub-and-spoke model, for instance, makes installation easier for new users, "offering them concise explanations about their choices," the project team explains.

Other improvements include new visuals to improve the overall look and feel of the installation experience.

3. 'Secure Boot' support

The Fedora project was one of the first distributions to recognize the implications of the Secure Boot technology enabled in Windows 8's Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI), and Fedora 18 is the first release to include the fruits of its labors. So, thanks to the software's included UEFI Secure Boot support, it can boot on systems that have Secure Boot enabled.

Tools are also available that allow administrators to create custom certificates to sign local changes to GRUB or the kernel, the release notes point out.

4. Samba 4

Also notable particularly for systems administrators is the inclusion of Samba 4, the latest version of the suite of tools that provide file- and print-sharing services in heterogeneous OS environments. Samba 4 goes even further than its predecessors, in fact, by introducing the first free and open source implementation of Active Directory protocols.

5. Eucalyptus

Last but not least is that Eucalyptus makes its debut in Fedora 18, which includes the cloud software's 3.2 release. Also included are OpenStack's Folsom release and version 3.1 of the oVirt engine.

Ready to take Fedora 18 for a spin? It's available as a free download on the project site.

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