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Hats off to Fedora 9

May 13, 2008 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 1 views

The Fedora project today released a new version of its completely free and redistributable Linux distribution. Showcasing lots of next-generation Red Hat features, Fedora 9 also boasts new features of its own aimed at making the distribution appeal more to newer Linux users.

The “redistributable” part is key, explained Fedora project leader Paul Frields. He noted that developers can create embedded appliances or enterprise desktop Linux images with Fedora in confidence that they are not accidentally redistributing proprietary software. Users can be confident of not violating any license agreements. The flip-side is that users will have to install any proprietary bits like browser plug-ins themselves (though Fedora 9 actually includes an open source Flash plugin).

In the most recent LinuxDevices reader survey, 6.2 percent of respondents reported using Fedora within the last two years in embedded projects or products. An additional 5.1 percent expected to do so during the next two years.

Lots more information about Fedora 9's new features, as well as a mini-interview with Fedora Project Leader Paul Frields, can be found on our sister site,, here.

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