Fedora 18 Spherical Cow Final Released, Features Cinnamon and MATE

The developers have implemented two new desktop environments

By on January 15th, 2013 15:49 GMT

The Fedora Project team has just announced the final release of its Linux operating system, Fedora 18, code-named Spherical Cow.

After numerous delays and an immeasurable quantity of caffeine products, the final version of the Spherical Cow operating system has eventually made an appearance.

“Fedora is a leading-edge, free and open source operating system that continues to deliver innovative features to many users, with a new release about every six months...or so. :-D But no bull: Spherical Cow, is of course, Fedora's best release yet. You'll go through the hoof when you hear about the Grade A Prime F18 features. You can always cownt on us to bring you the best features first,”

Highlights of Fedora 18 (Spherical Cow):

• The user interface for Fedora's installation software, Anaconda, has been completely re-written from the ground up;
• The upgrade process for Fedora now uses a new tool called FedUp (Fedora Upgrader);
• The newest version of the GNOME desktop, 3.6, provides an enhanced Messaging Tray, support for Microsoft Exchange and Skydrive;
• Fedora users now have the option of using Cinnamon, an advanced desktop environment based on GNOME 3;
• The MATE desktop provides users with a classic GNOME 2.x style user interface;
• KDE Plasma Workspaces has been updated with many new features and improved stability and performance;
• The lightweight and easy-to-use Xfce desktop has been updated to the 4.10 version with many bug fixes and enhancements;
• The storage management SSM (System Storage Manager) has been improved;
• Perl, Rails, or Python languages are updated;
• Systems can now be updated offline, allowing for a more stable update of critical system components;
• Samba 4 introduces the first free and open source implementation of Active Directory protocols and includes a new scripting interface.

A complete list of changes and improvements can be found in the official announcement.

Download Fedora 18 (Spherical Cow) right now from Softpedia.

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