The next version of the Fedora Linux operating system is due out on May 22nd. But the developers released a public beta this week which has all the features you can expect to find in the full version. The only changes expected in the next month will be bug fixes and security updates.
Update: The final release date has been pushed back, but it’s still expected by the end of May, 2012.
You can download Fedora 17 beta from the Fedora pre-release page.
The latest version of the popular Linux distribution includes a number of changes, including:
- Linux Kernel 3.3
- GNOME 3.4 desktop environment with improved themes and new search functions
- GIMP 2.8 image editor with a single-window view
- GNOME-boxes virtual machine app
- Graphics support for GMA 500 Paulsbo chips
- Broadcom wireless chip support
- Multitouch support
While the default desktop environment is GNOME 3.4, Fedora 17 beta also supports the KDE 4.8 desktop environment.
You can find more details about new apps and features in Fedora 17, as well as some more screenshots, at Eye On Linux.