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Fedora is a free, stable and popular general-purpose GNU/Linux distribution developed by the Fedora Project and sponsored by Red Hat, Inc.


When Red Hat discontinued Red Hat Linux in 2003, the RHL code forked into two branches. One branch is the enterprise distribution called Red Hat Enterprise Linux which is the central component of Red Hat's business model, the other branch is the general-purpose community distribution called Fedora. The Fedora code is periodically cloned and undergoes added additional refinement for stability, business-readiness and a smaller package base. This matured clone then becomes the next RHEL release.

Red Hat often use Fedora as a platform for testing public readiness of new features which are eventually destined for RHEL and other Red Hat products. The Fedora Project still maintains a very strict software inclusion policy and testing process, so releases are not "unstable" or "bleeding-edge". Some example features which have migrated from Fedora to RHEL in the past are the yum package manager, NetworkManager and KVM virtualization. Some current testing features are systemd as a replacement for init, and the brtfs filesystem.

General Status


Current maintenance cycle

Maintenance cycle ended

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