Red Hat and the Fedora Project community this morning have officially
announced the release of Fedora 16. This release, which is codenamed
"Verne", offers up a significant number of original improvements in the
Linux desktop and server space.
Fedora 16 ships with the GNOME 3.2 desktop by default and all of the
latest upstream bits (there's also KDE SC 4.7 for others), support for
the latest version of the D system programming language, the GRUB2
boot-loader by default on new installation, systemd improvements, the
EXT4 driver is being used for EXT2/EXT3 file-systems, many
virtualization improvements (including OpenStack and Aeolus), and a heck
of a lot of other original improvements by Red Hat engineers and the
community. The official Fedora 16 features can be found on this Fedora
Project Wiki page.
"For those that were concerned about Fedora 17 being codenamed the Beefy
Miracle, fear not as Ubuntu has your back... At least Canonical's
community manager, Jono Bacon, is in support of this next-generation
Jono is in support of Fedora 17's Beefy Miracle so much that he decided
to dress up as the friendly competitor's mascot for the Halloween party
during the Ubuntu Developer Summit in Orlando, Florida. "
"Fedora 16, codenamed "Verne", is due to be released today. Fedora has
decome the "poster child" for the Gnome 3 desktop, since being the first
of the major distributions to use it (in their Fedora 15 release). So
there are a lot of high hopes associated with this release, people are
really anxious to see if the Fedora/Gnome 3 desktop is improving as it
matures. At first glance, it doesn't disappoint"
"On the cloud front, the new OS comes with the Aeolus
Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) system, which allows cross platform
control of cloud environments – controlled via a web portal, as well as
the OpenStack IaaS platform. For the more security-conscious user, the
Fedora build also has HekaFS, a cloud-ready version of GlusterFS that
supports encryption and strong authentication protocols."
"Version 4.1.6 of VirtualBox has been released. The third maintenance
update to the 4.1.x branch of the open source desktop virtualisation
application for x86 hardware improves its overall stability and
addresses several issues found in previous builds.
VirtualBox 4.1.6 fixes a bug that prevented 3D acceleration from working
on Fedora 15 guests"
"This doesn’t mean you can go out and replace your aging RHEL distro
with Fedora 16, but it does mean that SMBs or other small home offices
have a free and easy opportunity to start taking advantage of more
advanced virtualization and cloud technologies that are on the IT scene.
Like most Linux projects, there’s a wiki for it, and The Fedora Project
has a massive list of updates that are inside Fedora 16."
"As expected Fedora 16 is offering GNOME 3.2, the latest update to the
most popular desktop environment. It comes with an 'Online Accounts'
panel, which provides a central point for managing online accounts like
Google, Facebook, etc.
There is a new contact management application is integrated with
Empathy, Evolution and the new "Online Accounts" settings panel. There
is also a new document management application provides a simpler
alternative to traditional file management for both local and "in-cloud"