[in the news] Fedora 14 is leading-edge Linux

Kara Schiltz kschiltz at redhat.com
Mon Nov 1 20:34:07 UTC 2010


ITworld review: Fedora 14 is leading-edge Linux
If you want to live right on the cutting edge of what Linux can do, then 
Fedora is the Linux distribution for you
By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols

I like Fedora, Red Hat's community Linux distribution, a lot. But, let 
me warn you right now, that it's not a Linux for beginners. That's not 
to say that the newest version of Fedora, Fedora 14 Laughlin 
<http://fedoraproject.org/get-prerelease>, is hard to use. It's not. 
But, if you need a lot of handholding as you explore Linux, I think 
you'll be better off with Ubuntu.


On the other hand, there are some really neat, new features in Fedora 
that do work well. I have to say though that they're going to be more 
exiting for system administrators and developers than they are someone 
just running Fedora at home.

Easily the most important of these is the arrival of of Simple Protocol 
for Independent Computing Environment (SPICE 
<http://www.spice-space.org/>). This is a desktop presentation service 
protocol, like Microsoft's RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) and Citrix's 
ICA (Independent Computing Architecture), that you use to run 
thin-client desktops.


Fedora also includes a new interface: MeeGo 
<http://www.itworld.com/meego>. This is the interface for the MeeGo 
operating system, which is meant for netbooks, Mobile Internet Devices 
(MID) and embedded devices. While not as well known or as mature as 
Android <http://www.itworld.com/android>, MeeGo shows great promise. By 
making it available on Fedora, developers can develop applications for 

Another interesting feature is you need not run Fedora at own on your 
own desktop or server. You can now run Fedora on the Amazon Elastic 
Computing Cloud <http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Features/EC2> (EC2) service.

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