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Fedora 16 released with GNOME 3.2, virtualization enhancements
Nov. 09, 2011

The Fedora Project released Fedora 16 ("Verne"), featuring GNOME 3.2, as well as virtualization and cloud enhancements including Aeolus and OpenStack integration. Fedora 16 upgrades to Linux 3.1, the GRUB2 bootloader, and Firefox 7.0.1, while offering improved system settings, plus enhanced contact and document management apps.

As we noted when the Fedora Project released its first beta of Fedora 16 in early October, the release is notable to desktop end users primarily for its upgrade to the GNOME 3.2 desktop. Fedora first tried out GNOME 3.0 in the more significant Fedora 15 release this spring.

Fedora 16's Nautilus file manager, as well as its namesake floating in the new Jules Verne aquatic theme

On Nov. 4, the Linux Mint team succumbed to the wheels of progress, announcing that the upcoming Linux Mint 12 will offer GNOME 3. However, it will also keep a full-fledged GNOME 2.32 alternative to the controversial GNOME 3. By comparison, Fedora 16 and OpenSUSE 12.1 will block users from booting into GNOME 2.x except for a simplified fallback mode for low-end systems.

Fedora 16 also adopts the latest Linux 3.1 kernel and moves from the GRUB bootloader to the up-to-date GRUB2. In addition to desktop improvements such as updated systems settings, contact management, and document management applications, many of the key enhancements to Fedora 16 can be found in new virtualization and cloud features such as Aeolus and OpenStack integration.

For the full story, please see our Fedora 16 report on LinuxDevices.

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