Meet Zod – Fedora 6 released

By   |  October 26, 2006

The Fedora Project, a Red Hat sponsored and community-supported open source collaboration, announced the release of Fedora 6 earlier this week. Named Zod, the release is available for download at http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Distribution/Download

Red Hat claim that Fedora Core 6 provides a noticeable performance increase during the start-up of applications such as OpenOffice.org. In addition to the previously supported x86, x86-64 and Power PC chip architectures, this release features support for Intel-based Macs. Fedora Core 6 also introduces a new GUI virtualization manager.

New features include:

– A new theme, courtesy of the Fedora Artwork Project.
– The system’s default font is now DejaVu, which increases Fedora’s support for many languages that use the Latin, Greek, and Cyrillic alphabets.
– Enhancements in package management by way of pirut and yum-updates, which combine to provide a notification applet, alerting the user when updated software available.
– A rewritten system-config-printer tool
– GNOME 2.16 and KDE 3.5.4, as well as the latest upstream versions of many standard open source applications, such as Firefox and OpenOffice.org.
– Dogtail, which provides a graphical test and automation framework.
– Totem has replaced Helix Player as the default media player

“Releases of Fedora Core are always exciting events for the open source community,” said Robert ‘Bob’ Jensen of the formal Fedora Documentation and the community’s Unity projects. “The Fedora Project enables many non-technical contributors and developers alike to have a hand in collaborating on the next wave of important technologies in open source.”

For more information on the release, visit the Fedora Project site’s release summary at http://fedoraproject.org/static-tmp/FC6ReleaseSummary.html

For a tour of Fedora 6, with screenshots, go to http://fedoraproject.org/static-tmp/FedoraCore6.html

To download a PDF of the first chapter of the book Fedora Linux: A Complete Guide to Red Hat’s Community Distribution, go to http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/fedoralinux/chapter/index.htm

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