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 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.