If you’re looking to use a free, open-source operating system (OS), there are several options available that can offer the tools needed to run an effective system.
One of these is the Fedora OS, which is based on the Linux kernel and is a community-run project that has been installed millions of times. The software is 100% free and open source and is maintained by a global collaboration of contributors.
The OS offers thousands of free apps ranging from desktop basics to powerful enterprise tools to boost the productivity of an organisation. Being free of viruses and spyware, it offers great security to users, which could give individuals the confidence to focus on their key activities instead of worrying about threats.
It is also the foundation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), one of the most popular Linux-based systems specifically tailored to the needs of business users. This is used by organisations across a range of sectors, such as financial services firms and healthcare providers, who rely on RHEL due to its high performance, stability and security.
RHEL explains the partnership is mutually beneficial, as its customers can take advantage of the innovations created by the Fedora community, which in turn benefits from RHEL bringing these developments to a wider audience.
The principal of freedom is at the heart of the Fedora project, with not only the platform itself available without charge, but a wide range of applications also able to be downloaded for free, while the community encourages users to create their own content and redistribute it without the worry of legal hassles.
Fedora also offers release updates twice a year, meaning that users will never have to wait long to get the latest software. The current version of Fedora for general release is version 17, but the next update, Fedora 18, saw its Alpha version released last month. The final release is estimated to be available from November 27th and is expected to include a range of new and improved features.