The Fedora Project released the latest version of the Fedora operating system today after being plagued by months of delays. Fedora 18 brings many new features and software updates to the table, the most visible of which being its implementation of the latest GNOME release.
Fedora is a Linux distribution that aims to help develop and make accessible the latest and greatest in free and open source software. Fedora comes in many different flavors, but the default installation provides the GNOME desktop environment. GNOME is a free and open source collection of software predominantly used with the Linux operating system. Fedora is the largest Linux distribution to ship the latest version of GNOME by default.
“We believe in the value of free software, and fight to protect and promote solutions anyone can use and redistribute,” the Fedora Project says on its website articulating what makes Fedora different. “Not only is the Fedora operating system made from free software, but we use free software exclusively to provide it to you.”
Like most Linux distributions, Fedora 18 can be downloaded and installed for free. Fedora is easy to recommend to users who are actively interested in using free and open source software. Proprietary software, such as Adobe Flash, multimedia codecs, and certain hardware drivers are not installed by default nor made easily accessible by the Fedora Project itself. If this sounds like a turn off, there are other Linux options available.
First-time users may want to wait a few weeks after the release of a new version to give time for the first waves of stability updates to come through. Anyone interested can download Fedora 18 at the link below.