Red Hat's community Linux distribution Fedora 18 has arrived with a 2-month delay.
The new version, which was previously name as Spherical Cow, supports UEFI Secure Boot, comes with a rewritten installation UI, and the System Storage Manager(SSM) as a command-line interface to provide a unified view of storage management tools, as well as a choice of five different desktop interfaces, including Gnome 3.6, Cinnamon, Mate Desktop, KDE Plasma Workspaces 4.9, and Xfce 4.10.
Developers get updated language versions including Rails 3.2, Python 3.3, and Perl 5.16, as well as Clojure, which adds tooling packages libraries and frameworks. SysAdmins can now deploy offline system updates, use StorageManagement tools and libraries to manage storage area networks and network attached storage, and take advantage of the integration of Samba 4.
Not surprisingly, Fedora 18 is also equipped with a few more cloud features, including the integration of Eucalyptus 3.2, platform for private Infrastructure-as-a-Service clouds, support for OpenStack, as well as the integration of oVirt Engine, a management app for the oVirt virtualization platform, and an ability to suspend and resume guests within virtual machines.
Fedora 18 is offered as a free 916 MB download as ISO format image for 64-bit x86 PCs.