The Fedora Project announced yesterday, April 17th, that the Beta release of the upcoming Fedora 17 (Beefy Miracle) operating system is available for download and testing.
Fedora 17 Beta is built on top of the new GNOME 3.4 desktop environment and includes the latest GIMP 2.8 development release and Linux kernel 3.3.
Among other improvements we can mention that Firewalld is now the default firewall solution, OpenStack has been updated to version 2012.1 (Essex), OpenJDK 7 as the default Java Runtime Environment, and GCC 4.7.x as the main compiler.
Fedora 17 Beta is distributed as an installable DVD and Live CDs with the GNOME, KDE, Xfce and LXDE desktop environemnts, available for both 64-bit and 32-bit architectures.
Also, take a look at the Fedora 17 Beta KDE Live CD screenshot tour
.Download Fedora 17 Beta GNOME Live CD
right now from Softpedia.Remember that this is an beta release and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended to be used for testing purposes only.