Fedora Linux 17 'Beefy Miracle' makes its official debut

Offering more than 60 new features, this free new OS has much to offer business users.

By Katherine Noyes, PC World |  Software, Fedora, Linux

In addition to the updated OpenStack cloud platform and open virtualization platform oVirt, there's also JBoss Application Server 7, a pre-release of the Juno Eclipse SDK, and Java 7 for developers.

A full list of Fedora 17's new features can be found on the project website, where the software can also be downloaded for free.

'The Feature Parity Is There'

Is it worth your while to check out this latest free, community version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux? I think so.

One particularly interesting new feature for small business users, for example, is automatic multi-seat, Bergeron pointed out.

"Say I'm a coffee shop owner," she explained. "What this enables is that even if you have just a single machine, you can have multiple people on multiple desktops, all from one machine."

A retail shop, then, could offer guest PC use for customers without having to invest in a second computer.

"When you compare Fedora 17 to another proprietary OS you might buy at a big box store, the feature parity is there," Bergeron concluded. "This is a good time to come back and take another look at free and open source software."


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