A preview of Fedora 10 is now available for download from the Fedora website, with improved virtualization, package management and policy controls, and faster startups.
The latest version, which we previewed on SearchEnterpriseLinux.com in Fedora foreshadows Red Hat Enterprise Linux nearly two months ago, introduces new features that Raleigh, N.C.-based Red Hat Inc., will further test and refine and then ultimately add to the next version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, due out in 2010.
These include the ability to perform virtual machine installs, provisioning and storage management, all remotely, via libvirt. Libvirt is a Red Hat-initiated virtualization interface that neutralizes differences for common commands among many hypervisors, including Xen and KVM.
Fedora 10 also promises faster startup times based on a new Plymouth engine and adds the ability to set up ad hoc Wi-Fi networks to share an Internet connection among multiple computers. In addition, Fedora 10 simplifies software package management with PackageKit, which bundles all components required for a software install together, and improves security with PolicyKit, which refines user authentication privileges. Fedora 10 also includes a First Aid Kit for detecting and repairing problems automatically and numerous other features.
The final version of Fedora 10 will be released later this month.