Fedora 18 public testing has started, with the first development release of the distro launched today. The Spherical Cow has been delayed by three weeks so far, which also affects the release of the Beta, RC, and final versions, however with the release of the Alpha the community can now help the ongoing development.
The Alpha includes some new features expected for the final version, such as Hotspots option to create better wifi hotspots, a redesigned installation system that is easier to use and more advanced at the same time, and general updates to the standard desktops. It also includes MATE to the repos, a first for Fedora.
There’s also some behind the scenes upgrades, like the switch to Samba 4, updates to a lot of the programming libraries, and increased cloud and virtualisation support. You can read the full list on the release announcement.
Fedora 18 is currently scheduled for release at the end of November, but any delays to the Beta or RC will push it into December. You can download it from the Fedora website.