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Fedora Makes Beta 12 Available Online

The Fedora Project has unveiled the first and only beta of its Fedora 12 Linux distribution, dubbed as “Constantine” and it introduces a bunch of new improvements into the operating system suite.

Since the Fedora team had already included several significant features into the alpha version of the software released back in August, the new beta has no big changes as such.

However, the Fedora group has attempted to bolster up the speed by compiling its entire software for i686 with some specific optimisation for the Intel Atom processor, implying that all of its apps could potentially run at higher speeds.

In addition, the beta also allows for better network configuration via its NetworkManager tool, enhanced IPv6 support, as well as improved Bluetooth connectivity.

In terms of video, Fedora 12 beta incorporates Theora 1.1 for better video quality, along with some primary support for Nvidia and AMD's Radeon HD graphic cards.

Features, such as libguestfs library as well as guestfish shell, are incorporated in the software’s beta, in order to bolster up virtualisation, which predominantly remains at the focal point of the Red Hat’s strategy.

The release further comprises notable changes to the PackageKit software package that will come handy for the application software makers to let PackageKit install their codes on systems.

Our Comments

Busy times for Open source proponents hey! Good to say that Fedora is specifically targeting the netbook market which is excellent news for owners of these ultra small laptops that are becoming more and more popular. The bottom line is that if it runs well on the Atom platform, it will fly on the others.

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