Red Hatâ€™s Fedora Project launched today the new Fedora 9. The new version offers users of the Linux Operating System a whole new set of features, including the KDE 4 desktop environment which represents the systemâ€™s main characteristic.
Fedora is a Red Hat Package Manager â€“ based, general purpose Linux distribution with several objectives, including the developerâ€™s wish for its product to contain free and open source software and also to be on the leading edge of such technologies.
The new product allows users with a 1-GB or 2-GB memory stick to move around their desktop, transferring it on any common x86 instruction set hardware.
Fedora project leader Paul Frields said the new ability to transport desktops opens up a wide variety of options for users and also device manufacturers. The idea to create such a feature came from the companyâ€™s goal to produce a set of “low-heat-producing, low-power-consuming mobile devices that could run off a USB key,” as quoted by InformationWeek.
Another good addition for Fedora 9 is called PackageKit and works as a universal frontend for package management. Some features introduced with Fedora 8, such as the PulseAudio sound server and the PolicyKit secure privilege escalation system, have returned in a better integrated and a more complete way. Also, the Nodoka theme, appears cleaner and feels more polished.
Fedora 9â€™s installation disc images are available for download through BitTorrent.
Fedora is one of the several Linux alternatives available, other popular versions include Ubuntu and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.