Feeds

Fedora 16 goes final with cloud and virtualization

Last build before Beefy Miracle

Remote control for virtualized desktops

Fedora has released the final build of Fedora 16, and is touting big improvements in the way the OS handles cloud computing and virtualization.

Fedora 16, previously codenamed Verne, is sticking with the wildly unpopular Gnome 3.2 interface, but is giving users the choice between that and KDE 4.7. Incidentally, the wallpaper looks like a representation of Jules Verne’s classic “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea” – which makes El Reg wonder what Fedora 17, aka “Beefy Miracle” will look like.

But it’s the cloud computing and virtualization features upon which Red Hat is selling (so to speak) the system.

On the cloud front, the new OS comes with the Aeolus Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) system, which allows cross platform control of cloud environments – controlled via a web portal, as well as the OpenStack IaaS platform. For the more security-conscious user, the Fedora build also has HekaFS, a cloud-ready version of GlusterFS that supports encryption and strong authentication protocols.

On the virtualization side, a Fedora Virt-manager guest inspection tool has been added, which gives read-only access to guest file systems, applications, and registry. Virtual networking for larger rollouts has also been beefed up, and virtual discs can be locked down for better security. The Simple Protocol for Independent Computing Environments (SPICE) system has also seen improvements, allowing sharing and two-way audio messaging for virtual desktops.

A new version of Perl, 5.14, is built-in, as is the first version of the programming language D. Python 2 and 3 users can get more control of the GNU Compiler Collection without needing to mess around in C code.

According to the Fedora team, the next beefy build should be out around May 2012, in keeping with the six-month refresh cycled the group has set for itself. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Be real, Apple: In-app goodie grab games AREN'T FREE – EU
Cupertino stands down after Euro legal threats
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Microsoft: Your Linux Docker containers are now OURS to command
New tool lets admins wrangle Linux apps from Windows
Bada-Bing! Mozilla flips Firefox to YAHOO! for search
Microsoft system will be the default for browser in US until 2020
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table
Killing off web service in 3 months... but app-happy bonkers are fine
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
10 threats to successful enterprise endpoint backup
10 threats to a successful backup including issues with BYOD, slow backups and ineffective security.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Internet Security Threat Report 2014
An overview and analysis of the year in global threat activity: identify, analyze, and provide commentary on emerging trends in the dynamic threat landscape.