Ubuntu may be the Linux distribution of choice for many these days, but it's hardly the only game in town, and one of the other big players has now gotten an update that might just sway some folks back to its team. That comes in the form of the Red Hat sponsored Fedora 14, which is aimed specifically at "developers, system administrators and open source enthusiasts." If that includes you, you can expect to get a slew of mostly behind-the-scenes updates, including a new software framework for Spice desktop virtualization, a range of new debugging features, an updated tech preview of the GNOME shell environment that will be part of the upcoming GNOME 3.0 release and, of particular note, some software from the MeeGo community that promises an "enhanced experience on netbooks and small devices." As with previous Fedora releases, it's also available in a number of different "spins" to suit your tastes and needs and it's, of course, completely free. Head on past the break for the complete press release, and hit up the link below to download the OS.
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Fedora 14 Evolves Leading-Edge Open Source Technologies in Free Distribution

The Future of Open Source Emerges in Fedora With Compelling Features for Developers, System Administrators and Open Source Enthusiasts


RALEIGH, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Fedora Project, a Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT) sponsored and community-supported open source collaboration, today announced the availability of Fedora 14, the latest version of its free open source operating system distribution. The Fedora Project 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 here 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.

For more information about the Fedora Project, visit www.fedoraproject.org. For more news about Red Hat, visit www.redhat.com. For more news, more often, visit www.press.redhat.com.

About Red Hat, Inc.

Red Hat, the world's leading provider of open source solutions and an S&P 500 company, is headquartered in Raleigh, NC with over 65 offices spanning the globe. CIOs ranked Red Hat as one of the top vendors delivering value in Enterprise Software for seven consecutive years in the CIO Insight Magazine Vendor Value survey. Red Hat provides high-quality, affordable technology with its operating system platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, together with virtualization, applications, management and Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) solutions, including Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and JBoss Enterprise Middleware. Red Hat also offers support, training and consulting services to its customers worldwide. Learn more: http://www.redhat.com.

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