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About Fedora

The Fedora Project is a Red Hat sponsored and community supported open source project. Its goal is the rapid progress of free and open source software and content.  It is derived from the original Red Hat linux distribution, many of its developers who have continued to support Fedora, when it was launched in late 2003. Red Hat's commercial distribution, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, is the only officially-supported distribution.

Fedora has spawned a number of unofficial distributions including Berry Linux, MythDora, and YOPER.

Fedora 7 was the first release to merge the Fedora Core and Fedora Extras package repositories under one set of packaging policies (which explains the change of name from "Fedora Core" to plain "Fedora").

Fedora 8 Key Facts

Red Hat sponsored
Entire distribution is available for download free of charge
8 November 2007
Installation Media:
CD (6), DVD (1), BitTorrent, Network installation over HTTP, FTP, and NFS available
Architectures supported:
x86, PowerPC (32-bit and 64-bit), AMD64, EM64T
Package Management:
Official Website:
Fedora Project

Kernel (A single kernel detects both multi-processor and single-processor architectures; tickless)
GNOME 2.20.1
KDE 3.5.8
Xfce -
OpenOffice 2.3.0
Evolution 2.12.1
Gimp 2.4.0
Python 2.5.1
Apache 2.2.6
PostgreSQL 8.2.5
GNU Compiler Collection 4.1.2

Fedora 8 has the following new features:

- Three new CustomSpins being shipped: Games, Developer, and Electronic Lab.
  • Fedora Games Spin: This spin is a Live DVD that allows you to explore the wonderful and fun gaming potential of Fedora without altering your existing setup. Included are a variety of modern, 3-D shooters such as Nexuiz and Quake 3, along with classics such as Freeciv and Nethack!
  • Fedora Developer Spin: This spin is a Live DVD jam-packed with various development applications, such as Eclipse, Anjuta, git, cvs, lynx, emacs, and a hex editor; and build tools like GCC, Inkscape, Koji, createrepo, mock, rpmdevtools, rpmlint and much more.
  • Fedora Electronics Lab Spin : This spin helps professionals and students design, simulate and program electronic systems. Included are tools for analog and digital simulation, circuit simulation, hardware development, micro-controller development, and embedded systems development.
- Compiz, the compositing window manager that brings eye candy and usability improvements to the desktop, is installed by default.
- Online Desktop
- PulseAudio - a sound daemon that brings ear candy to Fedora users.
- CodecBuddy, also known as codeina, guides users to better quality open formats when they attempt to play multimedia content that is in a proprietary or patent encumbered format.
- Pirut includes a brand new repository editor, making it really easy to add, remove, enable and disable repositories.
- New Graphical Firewall Configuration Tool : system-config-firewall
- Enhanced Printer Management : system-config-printer
- Improved Network Management : NetworkManager 0.7
- Seamless Bluetooth integration.
- Security Improvements including PolicyKit (a new toolkit from Fedora developers for controlling privileges of system-wide services), and secure remote management for Xen, KVM & QEMU virtualization.
- Much improved support for laptop users, including enhanced power management, better support for suspend/resume, and multimedia keys via integration of more quirks.
- Java Support : IcedTea
- Transifex is a free and open source web system that facilitates the process of submitting translations in various source control management systems (VCSs).
- A new default theme, created specifically for this release, called Nodoka.

Fedora 7 Moonshine has the following features incorporated in its release:
- 2.6.21 kernel with integrated kernel-based virtual machine (KVM) managed through virt-manager and virsh.
- included Xen and QEMU for virtualization.
- kernel-based support for VMWare VMI interface
- separate bootable live CDs for GNOME and KDE
- a regular image for servers, desktops, and workstations (Fedora Prime)
- fast user switching
- Xorg Server 1.3
- packages for enhanced wireless networking
- NetworkManager installed by default either under GNOME or KDE
- new “Flying High” theme
- improved I18N support with SCIM working automatically
- enhanced number of localization and language packages in the GNOME-based live CD
- a graphical administration tool for SELINUX
- SELINUX troubleshooting tool enabled by default
- integrated FireWire Stack
- improved power management through “dynamic ticks”
- consolidated dictionaries
- experimental “noveau” driver integrated in Xorg and kernel (disabled by default). Noveau is a free and open source 3D driver for nVidia cards.
- improved performance for yum, Pirut, and Pup.
- support for Playstation 3


Fedora 8 Lunapark6, Ars Technicablogspot,blogspot, (Czech), (French), heise (German), TuxMind (Italian), Linuxoid (Russian)
Fedora 7
LinuxLinks.comtuxmachines, IT, ABC Linuxu (Czech), heise (German)
Fedora Core 6
Lunapark6, Software in Review, Phoronix, O'Reilly, eWEEK, Linux Magazine, Linux,, IT Reviews,, Brad-X, theWeeklyRant
Fedora Core 5
Linux Magazine, Newsforge, eWEEK, OSNews,, blogspot, Lunapark6

Selected Websites

Other Official Websites
Fedora Project Wiki, Fedora People, FedoraLiveCD
FedoraNEWS.orgFedorazine, fedora-fr (French)
Support/Forums,, Fedora Core 6 Tips & Tricks, Personal Fedora Core 6 Installation Guide, Fedora Core 6 64bit Guide, DAG, The Unofficial Fedora FAQ, PyVault RPM Repository

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