It’s taken a bit longer than planned, but the folks behind the popular Fedora Linux operating system have released Fedora 18, code-named “Spherical Cow.” Among other things, Fedora 18 supports UEFI Secure Boot, offers improved networking features, a choice of desktop environments, and many other new features.

Fedora 18

Fedora is an open source operating system that predates popular Linux distributions such as Ubuntu and Mint by quite a few years. But development of Fedora has been a bit slower in recent years, and Fedora 18 is launching about three months behind schedule.

The default version of Fedora features the GNOME 3.6 desktop environment. But you can also download versions with the KDE, LXDE, or Xfce desktop environments if you prefer. Or if you prefer something closer to a classic GNOME desktop environment, you can download and install MATE or Cinammon desktops from Fedora’s yum package manager.

Since Secure Boot is supported, you should be able to install Fedora on most computers that ship with Windows 8. It also means you don’t have to disable Secure Boot, so you still get protection against unsigned code running during the boot process. In other words, malware that runs before the OS is fully loaded won’t run.

The Fedora team has also updated the installer to make loading the operating system onto a computer simpler and faster.

As of January 15th, 2013, Fedora 18 is available for computers with 32-bit or 64-bit x86 processors. A version that runs on devices with ARM-based processors is in the works and should be available soon.

You can find out more about what’s new in Fedora 18 in the release notes and feature list.

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One reply on “Fedora 18 Spherical Cow released”

  1. As I noted back when
    the beta release came out, Fedora’s Anaconda installer has been
    completely rewritten for this release so as to make it easier to use for
    a wider range of users.

    A hub-and-spoke model, for instance, makes installation easier for
    new users, “offering them concise explanations about their choices,” the
    project team explains.Thnx author for this usefull article about fedora 18. whenever we come to know about the open source a large and wide field is open in front of us.. red hat wid fedotra is one of the biggest open source project . it will not nly provide a wide range of uses but also make it different from older verstion of
    fedora 18
    Other improvements include new visuals to improve the overall look and feel of the installation experience.

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