Announcing Fedora 17. Relish it.

Robyn Bergeron rbergero at
Tue May 29 14:01:30 UTC 2012

"At the heat of a thousand hot dog cookers, the seventeenth release of 
Fedora shall be forged by contributors the world over, and it will be 
known as: Beefy Miracle. The mustard shall indicate progress.

For six months, participants in the Fedora Project shall freely 
contribute to the release of the distribution, in the spirit of the Four 
Foundations -- Freedom, Friends, Features,  and First -- and moreover, 
they shall relish in Fun, as a community without Fun would be like a day 
without sunshine.

Upon release, a free and open source operating system shall be available 
to  all, catering to a variety of tastes -- those of end-users, systems 
administrators, and developers, with a common thread that binds them 
all: No, not their love for hot dogs, silly, as we certainly know that 
Fedora shall be created and used by those whose dietary preference could 
be either Beefy or Leafy.  Freedom, my friends, Freedom is the Great 
Condiment, which shall enable all users of the Beefy Miracle to Create, 
Share, and Do."

-- The Book of Sauerkraut, Chapter 12, Verse 529

The Beefy Miracle hath arrived. Behold, for it is available to download now:

And lo, detailed information about this release can be seen in the 
release notes:

== Condiments ==

Frankly, we believe this is the beefiest release ever -- chock full of 
condiments, more commonly known as Features, to customize your 
experience to your tastes. We take pride in our toppings, and in our 
fine ingredients; Fedora 17 includes both over- and  under-the-bun 
improvements that show off the power and flexibility of the advancing 
state of free (range) software.

On the desktop: GNOME 3.4 introduces many user experience improvements, 
including new search capabilities in the activities overview, improved 
themes, and enhancements to the Documents and Contacts applications. A 
new application, GNOME-boxes, provides easy access to virtual machines.  
Additionally, GIMP 2.8, the newest version  of the GNU Image 
Manipulation Program, brings new improvements, such as single-window 
mode, layer groups, and on-canvas editing.

For developers: You never sausage a great array of development tools! 
Fedora 17 includes a pre-release of Juno, the release of the  Eclipse 
SDK expected in June 2012.  Java 7 (and OpenJDK 7) is the default Java 
runtime and Java build toolset, and GCC 4.7.x is now the primary 
compiler in Fedora.  Other language refreshes include shipping Ruby 
1.9.3, the latest stable version of the Ruby language; PHP 5.4, the 
latest PHP stack; an update of Erlang to the R15 release; and the D 
language has been updated to the 2.058 release.

Under the hood, and in the cloud: Serving up hot dogs all day long? 
Increase your reliability and versatility with the new enhancements to 
the clustering stack in Fedora  17. Load balancing and high availability 
improvements have been made, allowing systems administrators to deploy 
Fedora in environments requiring greater availability and clustered file 
systems. JBoss Application Server (AS) 7 has also been added to Fedora 
17; this fast, lightweight, and modular application server allows you to 
run full Java EE applications. oVirt, a server virtualization management 
system with advanced capabilities for hosts and guests, is also 
included.  The automatic multi-seat feature enables multiple, concurrent 
end-users to utilize a desktop from a single machine, which any systems 
administrator can relish. And we couldn't possibly write this without 
talking about our foray into Hot Dogs as a Service (HDaaS)... oh, just 
kidding, we just had to make a cloudy joke. In all seriousness, though, 
OpenStack, a collection of services that can be used to set up and run 
cloud compute and storage infrastructure, has been updated to the latest 
release, 2012.1 (Essex), in Fedora 17.

Ketchup with the full list of features for Fedora 17 here:

=== Download and Upgrade ===

Fedora 17: It's bun-believable. Get it now:

If you are upgrading from a previous release of Fedora, refer to:

Fedora 17 full release notes and guides for several languages are 
available at:

Fedora 17 common bugs are documented at:

=== Fedora Spins ===

Fedora spins are alternate version of Fedora, tailored for various types 
of users via hand-picked application set or customizations. They can be 
found at:

== Contributing ==

There are many ways to contribute beyond bug reporting.  You can help 
translate software and content, test and give feedback on software 
updates, write and edit documentation, design and do artwork, help with  
all sorts of promotional activities, and package free software for use  
by millions of Fedora users worldwide.  To get started, visit today!

== Behold, the history of His Meatiness ==

Who is this Beefy Miracle character? Ketchup on his history:

== Contact information ==

Journalists and reporters can find additional information at:

Cheers, and enjoy.


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