Open Source Software and Linux

Oct 11 2008   12:38AM GMT

Fedora 10 almost ready for release

John Little Profile: Xjlittle

Fedora 10The developers over at Fedora are hard at work getting Fedora 10 ready for it’s November release. They have frozen all major features and from the looks of things this is going to be a very nice release. If you want to try it out the beta is ready for download here.

One of the things that I am looking forward to with Fedora 10 is the improved Network Manager that will provide connection sharing and ad-hoc setup of a wi-fi network. Network Manager has already made connecting to a wireless network much easier and for it to set up ad-hoc will be a much appreciated improvement. This will make every notebook user happy.

Another cool feature is going to be streamlined printer management and handling. This is an area that many Linux distributions have struggled with for years. Most of the time I find myself using the CUPS web interface to setup and manage my printers.

If you are a virtual machine user as I am you are really going to like the Fedora 10 new remote guest creation. With this feature a central box can be used for all guest provisioning. This will also allow users to manage their storage and installation media using the libvirt virtualization API that Red Hat uses.

Finally! Somebody got serious about fast boot times. The new Fedora 10 promises to boot to the login screen in less than 30 seconds. This always makes for happy users! They are also working on making the login faster but not quite there yet.

So here you have a small number of Fedora 10 features that will provide huge benefits to your computing requirements. Whether you are a home user or system administrator the new Fedora 10 has something for you. Get the beta today and try it out or wait until November for the stable release. Either way you’ll be happy.


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