Fedora 17 Adds New Features and Functionality
The Fedora Project, a Red Hat-sponsored and community-supported open source collaboration, has announced the availability of Fedora 17, the latest version of its free open source operating system distribution.
In the area of new cloud, virtualization, and performance features in Fedora 17, OpenStack, a collection of services that can be used to set up and run cloud compute and storage infrastructure, is updated to the latest release, 2012.1 (Essex); oVirt, an open virtualization platform, provides a feature-rich virtualization management system with robust capabilities for both hosts and guests; and the cluster stack includes updates for both high availability and load balancing applications.
In desktop features, the new release includes GNOME 3.4 which introduces user experience improvements, including new search capabilities in the Activities Overview, improved themes, and enhancements to the Documents and Contacts application; and GIMP 2.8, the newest version of the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP), brings improvements such as single-window mode, layer groups, and on-canvas text editing.
A complete list of Fedora 17 features is available on The Fedora Project community release announcement page here.