"Since its first version, in 2003, Red Hat's Fedora Linux has
been the best place to track what's on the leading edge of Linux
and open-source software. Of course, the trouble with running on
the leading edge is that it's easy to get cut, and the Fedora
distribution's fast development pace has required a certain amount
of bug-squashing tolerance from its users.
"Fedora 13, which began shipping in late May, boasts many of the
leading-edge enhancements—and few of the rough
spots—that I've come to expect from the popular Linux-based
operating system. In particular, I appreciated the work the Fedora
team has done in the area of security and permissions, with
progress toward more granular rights management through Fedora's
PolicyKit framework, and an implementation of the SELinux
(Security-Enhanced Linux) framework that remained, for the most
part, tucked away unobtrusively in the background.
"In addition to serving as a sort of first look at the latest
and greatest in Linux and open-source software in general—and
future Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) releases in
particular—Fedora 13 can serve in a full gamut of Linux
roles, as long as Fedora-embracing users are prepared to upgrade
their systems about once a year."
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