The Fedora Project, a Red Hat-sponsored and community-supported open source collaboration project, today announced the availability of Fedora 10, a new version of its free open source operating system distribution.
The tenth release of Fedora in five years focuses on virtualization improvements for remote installation and management of storage provisioning. Red Hat said that these features will make system administration of virtual machine hosts and guests easier and more capable of automation.
Additionally, Fedora 10 includes NetworkManager connection sharing, allowing laptop users with an Ethernet or mobile broadband connection to provide Internet routing to others through the laptop wireless interface, for instant collaboration anywhere, anytime.
There is also a new security auditing and detection toolkit called SecTool, and a brand-new set of Python bindings that allow programmers to use the FIPS-140 validated NSS library to support accelerated development of secure applications. The Live USB persistence feature introduced with Fedora 9 is extended, adding support for a separate user data area with optional encryption for the ultimate experience in secure, portable computing.
The package comes with numerous applications, including OpenOffice.org 3.0 and GNOME 2.24.1, a rewritten audio system for faster response and lower power usage as well as a full set of appliance building tools. Red Hat said that Fedora 10 supports “more hardware than any other operating system”.