The open source operating system was available in beta version November last year. The final edition was supposed to ship on January 8, two months after the original date. The latest release is built on the 3.6.0 kernel which includes a number of changes for desktop users, system administrators and developers.
Fedora 18 supported dual-boot with Windows 8. However the documentation mentions that users must maintain a precaution while using Windows 8's fast restart service. Users who reboot Fedora 18 using it may experience data loss. Users can now easily customize their installation using the redesigned Anaconda installer. Certain tasks will now be running in the background to speed up the installation of Fedora 18.
Fedora 18 now includes support for the cloud. Users can create private Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) clouds which will be compatible with Amazon Web Services (AWS). The operating system also includes the latest edition of the OpenStack IaaS cloud service called Folsom. Red Hat has also added Heat to enable AWS Cloud Formation API for OpenStack.
Desktop users will see the latest version of Gnome integrated with Microsoft's SkyDrive and Google Docs on Fedora 18. There is a new connector for Exchange accounts that will ultimately complement the existing connector for Google accounts. The OS also offers enterprise login information that is integrates to allow users to connect to large networks. Users will be able to view and modify account settings using the Gnome 3.6 Control Center.
Fedora 18 includes an update for Perl 5.16, Python 3.3 and the latest edition of Ruby on Rails framework. It also includes Boost 1.50, Systemtap 2.0 and a collection of C libraries amongst other enhancements. The OS can now be used on Active Directory domains right out of the box. Red Hat claims that it will be much easier to configure domain logins on a Fedora machine from now on. Users can also create trusted relationships between an IPA and an Active Directory domain. This will allow users to access resources on outside domains.
For a complete list of changes, you can go through the Fedora 18 documentation here.
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