|Fedora Core 4 (FC4) promises
the latest and greatest of the free and open
source world, including GNOME 2.10 and KDE 3.4.
In addition to a prerelease version of OpenOffice.org
2.0, the full release of which is still months
off, FC4 includes the latest Linux kernel
(2.6.11), Firefox (1.0.4), Samba (3.0.14a)
and Apache (2.0.54).
Red Hat's developers also introduced a new
default desktop theme called Clearlooks, which
evolved from the Bluecurve theme, which has
been the default since Red Hat Linux version
Of particular note with FC4 is that it has
expanded beyond its traditional architecture
support of x86 and x86-64 to include support
Previously, in order to get a Fedora-based
distribution (or its predecessor Red Hat Linux)
to work on a PowerPC, users had to choose
a derivative distribution like Yellow-Dog
The move to support PowerPC comes at an interesting
time, as Apple, long the strongest desktop
support of PowerPC, has chosen to abandon
the chip architecture in favor of Intel x86.
Last week, Red Hat announced it would be
"freeing" Fedora with the creation
of a Fedora Foundation to help run the community-focused
projects. At that point, details on the new
foundation were somewhat sparse.
In an open letter sent to the Fedora community
on Friday, Karen Bennet, Red Hat vice president
of tools and applications, outlined the basic
goals and vision for the new foundation.
"The purpose of the foundation is to
expand the collaboration within the community
and between the community and outside projects,"
That being the case, she added that Red Hat
has no current plans to change either the
management or the processes of the Fedora
"As many have asked, Red Hat will also
maintain ultimate overall control of the project
to ensure that we continue to have timely,
high-quality releases," Bennet stated.
FC4 is not the only new distro to see light.
Last week, the Debian project released its
latest version, known as Sarge, after a long