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Mobile Broadband, Systemtap

  • November 23, 2009
  • By Sean Michael Kerner
As anticipated, Fedora 12 also gives virtualization a boost. Among the new virtualization features is improved memory management to reduce duplication across virtual machines. There is also the ability to remotely boot virtual machines over a network included in Fedora 12. Fedora serves different masters

The new Fedora 12 release comes at the end of a busy Linux release season with rivals Ubuntu and openSUSE both pushing out their own respective updates in recent weeks.

Fedora 12 is also sure to be a closely watched release. In some respects, Fedora serves as the research and development project for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, with features from the community edition known to make their way into the Red Hat's (NYSE: RHT) core offering.

But Fedora also serves other purposes, according to Frields.

"Fedora has to serve quite a lot of different masters," Frields said. "Anyone that comes into the Fedora project needs to be able to effectively use Fedora as a research and development lab. Red Hat does that, but anybody could do that."

For example, Fedora 12 offers netbook enhancements that Frields noted came from a community contributor.

In Frields's view, what Fedora does is it provides a set of building blocks of well-engineered open source software.

"Anybody that has a specific area that they're interested in will be able to mold Fedora into a product that they can put out in front of people," he said. "Whether you call it a spin or a Fedora remix, Fedora is malleable enough to turn out some very different kinds of project."

Moving forward, Frields sees users moving to Fedora, and to open source software in general, as an alternative to proprietary software that isn't keeping pace.

"We're being assisted by the fact that proprietary software is not getting better at the pace that people expect," Frields said. "People expect an increasing rate of evolution and proprietary software is not capable of sustaining that rate. That is driving people to look for alternatives."

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