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Red Hat's Fedora 5 boosts desktop features

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Red Hat released its Fedora Core 5 version of Linux Monday, giving enthusiasts new graphics and virtualization abilities, as well as some desktop utilities based on a software framework from Microsoft.

Fedora is a proving ground for features later incorporated into the premium Red Hat Enterprise Linux product. It's also designed to satisfy many Linux fans' appetite for newer features and involve Red Hat outsiders directly in programming and testing.

Version 5 has a bucket of new features, according to release notes. Both of Linux's major graphical user interface packages, GNOME and KDE, have been updated to versions 2.14 and 3.5, respectively.

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