Fedora 16

Fedora 16 is now available for download. The latest version of the popular Linux adds the GNOME 3.2 desktop environment, updated default apps, and enhanced support for cloud services.

The update also moves from the GRUB boot manager to GRUB 2, updates tot he latest Linux kernel, and features other changes under the hood. There’s also a new Julles Verne, underwater-inspired desktop theme.

If those updates dont’ sound all that exciting, that’s because Fedora updates come every six months or so and often aren’t as dramatic as major updates to Windows or OS X. But the latest version of Fedora is a solid operating system designed to run on a wide range of computers.

Its minimum system requirements include a 400 MHz Pentium Pro processor, 768MB of RAM, and 10GB of disk space. Clearly you’ll have better results with a more powerful system, but you can actually run Fedora 16 in text-only mode (without a graphical user interface) on a computer with a 200 MHz Pentium Pro chip.

The operating system comes with a number of applications preloaded including the Firefox 7 web browser, Rhythmbox Music Player, Evolution Mail and calendar app, and Transmission BitTorrent client.

The disc image is 605MB and you can burn it to a bootable LiveCD so that you can boot from the disc and try out the operating system on your computer before deciding whether to install it on your system. You can also create a liveUSB disc image if you want to test or install Fedora on a computer that doesn’t have an optical disc drive.

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6 replies on “Fedora 16 released (operating systems)”

  1. News about Ubuntu or linux mint are welcome.. but fedora??? come on… then ad news about mandriva, wattos, debian…

    1. While Ubuntu is perhaps the most well known distro out there today, it is not the most important one by far.

      In a wide variety of professional server environments you’ll find either Debian or Red Hat Linux, because they are made by some of the oldest and most successful Linux SUPPORT companies out there.

      Debian exists since 1993 and Red Hats first release was in 1994.

      Fedora is the continuation of the consumer version of Red Hat, without official commercial support, and development driven by communty efforts, but Fedora remains the basis of new releases of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

      This is analogous to Mozilla releasing the Netscape Navigator Sourcecode, the Community building upon it, while Mozilla used that code to continue the “Mozzila Application Suit” renamed Navigator.

      So Fedora is the community basis of one of the 2 oldest, widely supported commercial linux distributions in buisness environments and thus relevant.

      Mandriva is just another fork from Fedora/Red Hat, like Ubuntu is a popular, but still derivative fork off of Debian, and WattOS is even a further fork from Ubunutu, so i think a Fedora news item is waranted  here, while Mandriva and WattOS are best left for DistroWatch 😉

  2. An interesting feature of F16 is the ability to tunnel USB devices over networks. The device does not even have to be running on the physical Fedora host – it can be a KVM virtual machine!

    I’ve moved over to Arch due to some serious performance issues with Fedora KDE, so hopefully F17 will be all about performance optimisation.

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