Fedora 18 Alpha released

The Fedora team has released the first alpha build of Fedora 18 Spherical Cow. The latest version of the popular Linux-based operating system is available for download from the project website, and comes with a choice of GNOME, KDE, Xfce, or LXDE desktop environments.

Fedora 18 Alpha

Fedora 18 Alpha (screenshot: Softpedia)

Fedora 18 includes a number of changes including:

  • NetworkManager Hostpots feature for turning a PC into a network hot spot
  • Support for the MATE Desktop environment
  • Preview of the next-generaiton Yum package manager
  • Inclusion of Eucalyptus cloud computing software

This will also be the first version of Fedora to support Secure Boot on computers with UEFI firmware instead of a BIOS. This will allow users to install Fedora 18 on computers that ship with Windows 8.

You can find a more complete list of features in (or coming to) Fedora 18 at the project wiki.

via LWN

  • http://www.facebook.com/juanjo.marin.735 Juanjo Marin

    “available fordownload from the KDE website” ?. BTW, the screenshot is not from Fedora F18, because GNOME 3.6 doesn’t have the Windows and Application buttons.

  • Richard Lloyd

    I just installed F18 Alpha as a VirtualBox VM. Hate the new Anaconda installer (very CAPITALISED, disables root account by default, manual partition has no “fill available free space” for a partion and did I miss a way to pick packages/package groups individually?!). Gnome 3 on Fedora 18 Alpha does have Windows/App buttons, but maybe VirtualBox took a dislike to that desktop because it was flaky as hell for me.

    I hate that GNOME 3 desktop on F18A with a passion – took me an age to work out how to get to see all the ludicrously oversized icons in the Applications section (no indicator onscreen what to do – e.g. clickable arrows – and it ignored arrow keys for nav too, which is plain stupid) – turns out the only way seems to be the scroll wheel.

    No idea how to start a terminal in GNOME 3 either – I didn’t see a terminal icon because apparently, that’s not an Application.

    BTW, the installer never mentions the MATE Desktop at all – it could be the technical workstation option I guess, but the word MATE was never mentioned.

  • VirtualBoxImages.com

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    -James