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
linux distribution, many of its developers who have continued to
support Fedora, when it was launched in late 2003. Red
Hat Enterprise Linux, is the only
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
is available for download free of charge
BitTorrent, Network installation over HTTP, FTP, and NFS available
- Three new CustomSpins being shipped: Games, Developer, and Electronic
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
- 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
- A new default theme, created specifically for this release, called
Fedora 7 Moonshine has the following features incorporated
- 2.6.21 kernel with integrated kernel-based virtual machine (KVM)
managed through virt-manager and virsh.
- included Xen and
support for VMWare
- separate bootable live CDs for GNOME and KDE
- a regular image for servers, desktops, and workstations (Fedora Prime)
- fast user
- Xorg Server 1.3
- packages for enhanced wireless networking
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
- 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