Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Fedora 18 Spherical Cows
System Storage Manager (SSM).
This is an easy-to-use command-line interface tool that presents a unified view of storage management tools. Devices, storage pools, volumes, and snapshots can now be managed with one tool, with the same syntax for managing all of your storage. In addition, Fedora now includes StorageManagement, a collection of tools and libraries for managing storage area networks (SAN) and network attached storage (NAS).
Offline system update.
This does exactly what it says. It enables you to update critical system components offline. For now, this functionality is only integrated into GNOME. Fedora's developers expect that, since it's based on non-GNOME specific software such as PackageKit, that others will quickly adopt it.
Samba has long been Linux's ace in the hole for providing file- and print-sharing services to Windows and other operating systems. Now, with Samba 4, this open-source server program now supports Active Directory (AD).
The new Fedora includes support for both Eucalyptus, the private Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) clouds and the Folsom release of OpenStack.
As always, Fedora supports KVM for virtual machines, but on top of KVM this new Fedora also supports the latest version of oVirt. Ovirt is designed to be a data center ready virtualization management program.
Put it all together and you get, as always with Fedora, a distribution pointing the way to serious Linux server work and the future of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) in particular. I haven't looked at Fedora 18 enough yet to say I'd recommend it as a desktop. I already know enough about it to recommend it to anyone who wants to do serious data-center and server Linux work.
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