The popular Linux distribution, Fedora 13, has been released to its final beta and is chock full of features for enterprise use. Code-named Goddard, the beta version was released on Tuesday with the final version slated for May 18.
It is raining updated Linux distros these days. Canonical is readying its next long-term support (LTS) version of Ubuntu, 10.04, coming April 29. (Network World will soon have a full review of it. Watch the Open Source Subnet home page or this blog for that). Fedora, the FOSS version of Red Hat's distro, follows the March release of Red Hat latest commercial version, too, Enterprise Linux 5.5.
The contributors to Fedora have built in many a feature to please the enterprise user who prefers a FOSS distro over a commercial one. Highlights include:
Fedora 13 also includes updates to GNOME, Firefox, the Linux kernel, KDE. It includes Python 3 and an improved Python debugger.
As for end users, Distrowatch notes that 13 includes "a universe of new features" for them beyond the GNOME/KDE desktop enhancements. These include automatic print driver installation; backup software, a Twitter client, a Simple Scan scanning utility; enhanced iPod functionality and " experimental 3D graphics support extended to free Nouveau driver for NVIDIA cards."
The beta is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions.
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