Feeds

Fedora 16 goes final with cloud and virtualization

Last build before Beefy Miracle

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

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. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone
No data plan? No WiFi? No worries ... except sluggish download speed
'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux
Multiple desktops and live tiles in restored Start button star in new vids
iOS 8 release: WebGL now runs everywhere. Hurrah for 3D graphics!
HTML 5's pretty neat ... when your browser supports it
Mathematica hits the Web
Wolfram embraces the cloud, promies private cloud cut of its number-cruncher
Mozilla shutters Labs, tells nobody it's been dead for five months
Staffer's blog reveals all as projects languish on GitHub
SUSE Linux owner Attachmate gobbled by Micro Focus for $2.3bn
Merger will lead to mainframe and COBOL powerhouse
iOS 8 Healthkit gets a bug SO Apple KILLS it. That's real healthcare!
Not fit for purpose on day of launch, says Cupertino
Not appy with your Chromebook? Well now it can run Android apps
Google offers beta of tricky OS-inside-OS tech
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.