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Fedora 20 Now Available, Celebrates 10 Years of Community Innovation

The Fedora Project, a Red Hat, Inc. sponsored and community-supported open source collaboration, today announced the general availability of Fedora 20, code-named “Heisenbug,” the latest version of the free, Linux-based Fedora operating system. Developed by a diverse global community, Fedora 20 celebrates 10 years of the Fedora Project’s innovation. This release brings several key features to enhance usability, performance, and provide developers with additional functionality.

Since the first official release of Fedora, then called Fedora Core 1, on Nov. 6, 2003, much more has changed than just the name. Over the past 10 years, Fedora has emerged as an active and vibrant open source community leading the way in operating system innovation on every front, with Fedora 20 showcasing just how far Fedora has come.

Fedora 20 is also dedicated to Seth Vidal, a dedicated, tireless, and brilliant contributor and the lead developer of Yum and the Fedora update repository. Seth touched the lives of hundreds of Fedora contributors directly, and millions indirectly by improving the experience of using and updating Fedora.

Support for ARM

As part of Fedora’s commitment to leading edge open innovation, ARM is now supported as a primary architecture. While x86/x86_64 serves as the default architecture for the majority of Fedora users, ARM is rapidly growing in stature and already dominates the mobile world. Beyond mobile and the maker movement, ARM shows great promise as a powerful and cost-effective technology for the server world, leading to primary support from Fedora to satisfy end users and developers targeting the ARM platform.

Cloud and Virtualization Improvements

Fedora 20 continues the Fedora tradition of adopting and integrating leading edge technologies used in cloud computing. Features that make working with virtualization and cloud computing much easier include:

  • First-Class Cloud Images – Developed by the Fedora Cloud SIG, these images are well-suited to running as guests in public and private clouds like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and OpenStack.
  • VM Snapshot UI with virt-manager - This feature makes taking VM snapshots much easier, by adding a simple, discoverable UI to virt-manager, and includes adding functionality to libvirt to support deleting and rebasing to external snapshots.
  • ARM on x86 with libvirt/virt-manager- This change to Fedora 20 fixes running ARM virtual machines on x86 hosts using standard libvirt tools libvirt virsh, virt-manager and virt-install.

Developer Features

As with all Fedora distributions, Fedora 20 includes several new features and updated packages to improve the developer experience across the board, including:

  • WildFly 8 – Previously known as JBoss Application Server, WildFly 8 makes it possible to run Java EE 7 applications with significantly higher speed. It boasts an optimized boot process that starts services concurrently, preventing unnecessary waits, and taps into the power of multi-core processors. Additionally, WildFly takes an aggressive approach to memory management, and keeps its memory footprint exceptionally small compared to other JVMs.
  • Ruby on Rails 4.0 – The latest version of Ruby on Rails keeps Fedora up-to-date and allows current Ruby on Rails developers to stay in step with the project. Apart from that, Rails 4.0 also bring improved functionality, speed. security and better modularization.

Desktop Improvements

To help Fedora 20 continue to meet everyday user productivity needs, several improvements and additions have been added to the overall desktop experience, including:

  • GNOME 3.10 - GNOME 3.10 has a number of new applications and features, including a new music application (gnome-music), a new maps application (gnome-maps), a revamp for the system status menu, and Zimbra support in Evolution.
  • KDE Plasma Workspaces 4.11 – This latest release includes faster Nepomuk indexing, improvements to Kontact, KScreen integration in KWin, Metalink/HTTP support for KGet, and much more.

Maturity and Advanced Features

With a decade of releases behind it, Fedora 20 adds additional refinements to the needs of more advanced users. These enhancements include:

  • NetworkManager Improvements - Users will now be able to add, edit, delete, activate, and deactivate network connections via the nmcli command line tool, simplifying non-desktop uses of Fedora. NetworkManager is also getting support for bonding interfaces and bridging interfaces. Bonding and bridging are used in many enterprise setups and are necessary for virtualization and fail-over scenarios.
  • No Default Sendmail, Syslog - Fedora 20 removes and replaces some services that some users find unnecessary from the Live Desktop DVD, such as the former syslog solution, which is now replaced by systemd journal. The systemd journal now acts as the default logging solution for minimal and other selected installation methods such as the Live Desktop DVD, having been tested and able to manage persistent logging in place of syslog. Additionally, Sendmail will no longer be installed by default, as typical Fedora installs have no need of a Mail Transfer Agent (MTA).

Supporting Quotes

Robyn Bergeron, Fedora Project Leader

“For 10 years, Fedora has not only led the way as a cutting-edge, open operating system, but the Fedora Project has also served as a paradigm for other open source communities on a global scale. Fedora 20 continues Fedora’s history of delivering innovative technologies ahead of the curve, bringing to bear new features that better enable virtualization and cloud computing within the operating system. Additionally, Fedora 20 builds upon community feedback, delivering advanced maturity features to address the needs of the most advanced users.”

Additional Resources

About The Fedora Project

The Fedora Project is a global partnership of free software community members. It is sponsored by Red Hat, which invests in the Fedora infrastructure and resources to encourage collaboration and incubate innovative new technologies. Some of these technologies may later be integrated into Red Hat products. They are developed in Fedora and produced under a free and open source license from inception, so other free software communities and projects are free to study, adopt and modify them.

About Red Hat, Inc.

Red Hat (the “Company”) is the world's leading provider of open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to reliable and high-performing cloud, Linux, middleware, storage and virtualization technologies. Red Hat also offers award-winning support, training, and consulting services. As the connective hub in a global network of enterprises, partners, and open source communities, Red Hat helps create relevant, innovative technologies that liberate resources for growth and prepare customers for the future of IT. Learn more at http://www.redhat.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

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