2012 was another full year of major Linux distribution releases from the top vendors in the space. Though it was also a year in which at least two projects were hit with release delays.
The Fedora project had a bit of an odd year in 2012, issuing only one major release, instead of the planned two. Fedora 17, aka the 'Beefy Miracle' was released in May.
Among the highlights of Fedora 17 was the inclusion of the OpenStack Essex cloud platform as well as JBoss Application Server 7. Fedora 17 also included a long list of virtualization improvements.
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