Fedora Project, a Red Hat-sponsored and community-supported open source collaboration, has taken Fedora 12, the latest version of its free open source operating system distribution, off the rack and out into the open.
Key feature enhancements include:
* The new Theora 1.1, enhancing the quality of free video to better meet user expectations. Ogg Theora video in Fedora 12 delivers crisp, vibrant media, allowing users to stream and download high-definition video while using 100 percent free and open software, codecs and formats;
* Introduced in Fedora 7, NetworkManager has become the de facto network configuration solution for multiple distributions. Network Manager improvements in Fedora 12 make it easier for users to be online using mobile broadband or configure servers or other special situations;
* Virtualization is an increasingly important part of IT infrastructures and the Fedora community has delivered a large number or virtualization-related features in Fedora 12. These include better virtual disk performance and storage discovery, hot changes for virtual network interfaces, reduced memory consumption, and a modern network booting infrastructure. These new, higher-performance virtualization capabilities help administrators build more secure, powerful, scalable and easy to manage solutions.
Other features in Fedora 12 are PackageKit command-line and browser plug-ins, better file compression and more. The open source OS also has SystemTap 1.0, with improvements to help developers trace and gather information for writing and debugging programs, as well as integration with the widely-used Eclipse IDE and NetBeans 6.7.1.
The prospects for Fedora 12 adopt appears to be strong. TMCnet.com reported a recent IDC study that show that worldwide revenue from open source software will grow at a 22.4 percent compound annual growth rate to reach $8.1 billion by 2013.
“The open source software [OSS] market has seen a strong boost from the current economic crisis,” said Michael Fauscette, group vice president, Software Business Solutions.
Fauscette said he thinks that if OSS vendors play their cards right they could turn a windfall situation into a permanent business advantage: “As the overall software industry continues to consolidate, it will be key for OSS vendors to reach scale if they plan to continue as a standalone business.”
Fedora aims to deliver a complete OS approximately every six months. In just under one year's time, the Fedora community has released Fedora 11 and Fedora 12 which, when coupled together, delivers it says a very large and compelling feature set available for incorporation into other Linux distributions.
The Fedora community is vibrant and continues to grow. In 2009, the community held 15 Fedora “Activity Day” events worldwide. During that same period the Fedora Project also held three Fedora Users and Developers Conferences (FUDCons) around the world, in Boston, Porto Alegre and Berlin. The next FUDcon is scheduled for Dec. 5-7, 2009, in Toronto.
“Fedora always looks to include the latest cutting-edge features in its distribution and we believe that Fedora 12 stays true to this pattern, packing a lot of punch across its feature set,” said Paul Frields, Fedora Project Leader at Red Hat (News - Alert). “Our community of global contributors continues to expand, with about 25 percent growth in Fedora Accounts since the release of Fedora 11. We’ve also seen more than 2.3 million installations of Fedora 11 thus far, which is a 20 percent increase over the previous release.”
Brendan B. Read is TMCnet’s Senior Contributing Editor. To read more of Brendan’s articles, please visit his columnist page.
Edited by Marisa Torrieri