Fedora Core

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Fedora Core is an RPM-based Linux distribution, developed by the community-supported Fedora Project, sponsored by Red Hat.

Fedora aims to be a complete, general-purpose operating system from open source software. Fedora is designed to be easily installed and configured with a simple graphical installer and the 'system-config' suite of configuration tools. Packages and their dependencies can be easily downloaded and installed with the yum utility. New releases of Fedora come out every six months.

The name Fedora Core distinguishes the main Fedora packages from those of the Fedora Extras project - semi official add-ons to Fedora Core.

Fedora was derived from the original Red Hat Linux distribution. The project envisages that conventional Linux home users will use Fedora Core, and intends that it replace the consumer distributions of Red Hat Linux. Fedora came about as a result of a new business strategy which Red Hat implemented late in 2003 - Red Hat now positions Red Hat Enterprise Linux as a business-oriented Linux distribution, and all official support is for that distribution. Support for Fedora comes from the greater community (although Red Hat staff work on it, Red Hat does not provide official support for Fedora).

Fedora is sometimes incorrectly called Fedora Linux.




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Fedora Core 3 (FC3, release name Heidelberg), the previous stable version, was released on November 8, 2004 for the i386 and AMD64 architectures. It includes GNOME 2.8 and KDE 3.3.0, X.Org Server 6.8.1, the Xen virtualizer, and version 2.6.9 of the Linux kernel.

Fedora Core 4 (FC4, release name Stentz), the current stable version, was released on June 13, 2005 for the i386, AMD64, and PowerPC architectures. It includes GNOME 2.10 and KDE 3.4, GCC 4.0 and a gcj-compiled version of the Eclipse IDE.


The current unstable release is Fedora Core 4 Test 3, released on May 9, 2005. Changes from Fedora Core 3 include GCC 4.0 as the default system compiler, Linux kernel 2.6.11, GNOME 2.10, KDE 3.4, and the addition of a PPC port.

Fedora Core 5 Test 1 will be the next unstable release of Fedora Core; the schedule for release is currently undetermined.

Bleeding Edge

New packages that end up in Fedora (and later, Red Hat Enterprise Linux ) are first added to Fedora Rawhide. Rawhide is in perpetual beta, and may break at any time, but some developers do use it as their main distribution.


Fedora Core 1 (FC1, internal codename Cambridge, release name Yarrow) released on November 6, 2003 was discontinued on November 20, 2004 and moved to the Fedora Legacy Project. Improvements over Red Hat Linux 9 included automated updates with yum, improved laptop support with ACPI and cpufreq, and prelinking for faster program start time. An AMD64 version appeared in March 2004.

Fedora Core 2 (FC2, release name Tettnang), reached release on May 18, 2004 was discontinued on April 11, 2005 and moved to the Fedora Legacy Project. It includes version 2.6 of the Linux kernel, GNOME 2.6, KDE 3.2.1, and SELinux. This version also replaced XFree86 with the X.Org Server. This release occasioned many complaints because of its problems with installation while dual-booting with Windows XP (actually caused by an issue with the 2.6 kernel's handling of partitions).

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