Fedora is a Linux distribution which was developed for as diverse a target group as possible. It is the successor to the older Red Hat versions of Linux (RHL), and is used in large numbers of institutions and companies. Fedora is one of the five most common Linux distributions in the world. These figures are however only estimates since it is not possible to count sales figures or product activations. This means that downloads and hits to the servers for updates are counted, albeit it is naturally necessary to take into account the fact that one installation version may be installed on several computers.
For instance, Wikipedia was hosted on Red Hat Linux servers until 2008, when it migrated to Ubuntu.
The Fedora community and its goals
Development is carried out by the Fedora community, which is headed by a company by the name of Red Hat. The community is a worldwide open source community working on Fedora together. The Fedora community has the following goals:
- To create a world in which free content is welcome and is distributed
- Cooperation should be the norm
- Everyone should have control of their content and devices
These goals are expressed in the four principles, also known as the four Fs:
Fedora: Developed to achieve as large a group of users as possible
According to the developers, Fedora is intended to be used both by beginners and by experienced users. There is no long-term support, however, and the lifetime of a version is intended to be precisely 13 months, a new version appearing roughly every six months. Fedora is however highly secure against viruses and malware, as are all Linux systems.
Fedora is not suitable for systems with running times measured in years and permanent uptimes. Commercial distributions such as RHEL, CentOS or Scientific Linux are derived from Fedora and are better suited for permanent use as they also provide long-term support.
Fedora only integrates completely licence-free programs into the distribution. It therefore also does not support formats such as MP3 or DVD Video, and this needs to be separately installed using third-party programs after installation.
Fedora is primarily developed for x86 and AMD64 architectures, but as a rule versions for ARM, PowerPC (64 Bit) and s390x platforms appear shortly after the release. The most-used working environment for Fedora is Gnome 3, but other environments are also available, such as KDE or Xfce.
- particularly well suited for diverse target groups, both for beginners and for companies
- highly secure Linux distribution
- the latest versions can always be used due to a short version running period of approx. 13 months
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