Review: Red Hat's Fedora 12 Beta Operating System
Red Hat's leading-edge Linux-based operating system, Fedora, hit a beta milestone this week on the way to its Version 12 release. As with Ubuntu Linux, which recently underwent a beta release of its own, Fedora 12 will be packed with the latest and greatest versions of popular open-source applications, such as the OpenOffice.org productivity suite, the Firefox Web browser, and up-to-date releases of the GNOME and KDE desktop environments.
Beyond these typical Linux updates, the updates that have caught my eye in this version deal with strengthening the core of the distribution and of Linux distributions in general, as Red Hat's open-source innovations trickle downstream into other Linux-based operating systems. In particular, Fedora 12 advances the state of Linux system privilege management on multiple fronts and exhibits continued progress in virtualisation.