The release of Fedora 17 Beta has been announced by the Fedora Project. This beta release is the final step before the full version of Fedora 17 next month, and comes with a whole host of cutting edge packages that gives an idea on how the final release will look.
Some of the major noticeable differences in the Beta include an updated GNOME 3.4, and GIMP 2.8. GNOME 3.4 was released last month, adding better search functionality and enhanced applications for viewing and organizing Documents and Contacts. GIMP 2.8 is a release candidate right now, and has various improvements and enhancements.
Also being added to the Fedora Beta are updates to many programming languages and IDEs, such as a pre-release of Eclipse Juno, Ruby 1.9.3, and PHP 5.4. Linux Kernel 3.3 is also being used, with its various enhancements and Android integration coming with it. Finally, there are loads of optimizations for Cloud-based operations.
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