The Fedora Project, a Red Hat sponsored and community-supported open source collaboration, announced the availability of Fedora 14, the latest version of its free open source operating system distribution. The Fedora Projects leads the advancement of free and open source software with a new distribution released approximately every six months.
“I’m very proud of the work that has been put into Fedora 14,” said Jared Smith, Fedora Project Leader. “A myriad of contributors have helped to make free and open source software more pervasive with this release.”
Fedora 14 includes several new features for developers, system administrators and open source enthusiasts including:
Framework software for Spice, a rapidly advancing infrastructure for desktop virtualization
New debugging features for developers, such as support for dynamic/unplanned memory usage tracking and faster launch thanks to pre-generated indexes
Powerful remote and out-of-band management capabilities with Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) support
Updated tech preview of the GNOME shell environment, part of the upcoming GNOME 3.0 release
A subset of new and innovative software from the MeeGo community for an enhanced experience on netbooks and small devices
OpenSCAP, an open-source framework for the Security Content
Automation Protocol, which provides a framework and approach to maintaining system security backed by NIST standards
Support for emergent programming languages like D, and refreshed versions of popular languages such as Python 2.7, Erlang R14, and the Rakudo Star implementation of Perl 6
A complete list of Fedora 14 features is available on the Fedora community’s release announcement. Watch the Fedora 14 release video at http://www.redhat.com/Fedora/ to learn more about new features and the Fedora community.
Premiering alongside Fedora 14 is a new re-design of Fedora’s community-supported website, fedoraproject.org. The new site is a culmination of work completed within multiple areas of the Fedora community including the Design, Websites, Marketing, Translation and Infrastructure teams. The new website showcases the capabilities Fedora offers for many different types of users, including developers, designers, general productivity users and more. It was designed and created entirely using free and open source software that is available in the Fedora repository, and maintained and translated by a team of contributors, collaborating from around the world.
Fedora is used by millions of people globally, with each release of Fedora accumulating several million Internet (IP) addresses checking in for updates. Some systems and users stay on a single release of Fedora because of its stability and functionality, while some upgrade when new releases become available. The total of unique IP addresses across Fedora releases since tracking was initiated at Fedora 7 is more than 25.5 million addresses. Information about Fedora’s statistics and collection methodology is open and transparent to the public on the following wiki: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Statistics.
The Fedora Project’s record of open, transparent collaboration with the community continues to attract participants, with more than 22,000 currently registered contributors. The global Fedora community also continues to grow with around 700 Fedora Ambassadors. These are members of the Fedora community who spend time as volunteers representing the Fedora Project at community and trade events, and speaking to public and private institutions about Fedora and free and open source software.