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Fedora 17 finally released with the very latest in FOSS

Fedora's Beefy Miracle has just been released, with the stable version of Fedora 17 including GIMP 2.8, OpenStack Essex, Firefox 12, and more cutting edge free software

After a final week of delays, Fedora 17 is finally available for use. The latest version of the Red Hat based distribution also includes the latest developments in premiere open-source software. This includes such packages as the Juno update to Eclipse, GNOME 3.4.1, KDE 4.8.3, and even Linux Kernel 3.3.6.

The list of updates is quite long, but here are some of the highlights:

· Simplified filesystem by moving everything to /usr (see here more details)
· Multitouch support
· Software rendering for GNOME Shell
· Mozilla Firefox 12
· GIMP 2.8
· Boost 1.48
· New password quality checking mechanism
· New virtio-scsi storage architecture for KVM, based on SCSI
· Added Wallaby
· Added Thermostat
· Updated Cluster Stack to support Enhanced Failover
· Sugar 0.96
· Static analysis of Python reference counts
· Revamped LiveCD installation
· Improved and extended Power Management
· PHP 5.4
· Added Open vSwitch
· Updated OpenStack to Essex
· JBoss Application Server 7
· OpenJDK 7 as the default Java Runtime Environment
· GCC 4.7.x
· Font configuration utility

“Frankly, we believe this is the beefiest release ever” reads the release announcement, “Chock full of condiments, more commonly known as Features, to customize your experience to your tastes. We take pride in our toppings, and in our fine ingredients; Fedora 17 includes both over- and under-the-bun improvements that show off the power and flexibility of the advancing state of free (range) software.”

Fedora 17 still uses ext4 as the default file system, with previous plans to switch to btrfs delayed until the next release, Fedora 18 Spherical Cow. Fedora 17 can be downloaded from the Fedora Project website.