Fedora is a Linux operating system distribution developed and supported by the Fedora Project, an open source community formed in 2003 as a partnership between Red Hat and volunteer contributors. Red Hat Enterprise Linux branches for commercial use are based on Fedora, while the open source Fedora Linux OS itself is freely available for use and customization.
The most recent release of Fedora Linux, Fedora 17, debuted in June 2012 and is nicknamed the "Beefy Miracle." Fedora 17 utilizes GNOME 3.4 for its desktop interface and includes, among its other new features and additions, JBoss Application Server 7 and the OpenStack Essex open source cloud platform.
Fedora 18, nicknamed the Spherical Cow, is currently in development and is expected to make its debut at about the same time Microsoft's Windows 8 is released.
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