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Fedora 18 out now!

Fedora 18 has been let out of the barn, and the Spherical Cow comes with new desktops, updated languages, and offline system updates.

After a whole host of delays, Fedora 18 has finally been released. Initially slated for 6th November 2012, the distro was faced with delays at almost every development phase. A final delay of one week before the final version came out was almost followed by another when the favourite internal RC received a couple of bug reports at the last minute. Luckily, they were squashed, and the Spherical Cow is now here.

There are a few featured updates for different types of users – desktop folks now have extra desktop choice thanks to the inclusion of MATE and Cinnamon, as well as a new command-line system storage manager. Developers receive updated libraries for Perl, Rails, and Python, as well major upgrades to Clojure and DragonEgg. SysAdmins can now perform offine system updates, and Samba is now at version 4. A more complete list is available on the release announcement.

Fedora 18 is available in four images – GNOME and KDE, both with 32 and 64-bit versions. You can get them all from the Fedora download page.

Now, let’s take bets on when Fedora 19 comes out.