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Fedora tips its hat to mobility, cloud, big data

Maria Korolov | April 1, 2014
The latest release of Fedora, nicknamed "Heisenbug," is a step towards making Fedora a player in the mobile arena. Fedora 20 also includes more support for cloud, and this is also the first release that supports cheap, low-power ARM processors as a primary architecture, in addition to Intel and AMD chips.

The best news on the device front is that Gnome now supports login and authentication with smart cards, a great security advance for many enterprises.

Fedora goes big on Big Data
Hadoop is the big name in Big Data, and Fedora now offers the core functionality of this popular Big Data analytics platform, as well as many related packages.

Apache Hadoop typically runs on clusters of machines, but can be used on a single computer as well, for development and testing. To fully use Hadoop on Fedora will require multiple-system deployment and management, and the Fedora team is reportedly working on packaging Apache Ambari. There's no official word, however, about when Ambari will be fully supported.

Fedora has also updated MongoDB to version 2.4. This is the leading NoSQL database for unstructured data. The update adds full text search and security enhancements.

Time to switch?
With the exception of some Bluetooth device problems, there aren't many reasons not to upgrade to Fedora 20 for current Fedora users.

Meanwhile, Fedora 18 reached its end of life for updates, support and security updates in mid-January, so those users should definitely start planning their migration to either Fedora 19 or 20.

For users of other operating systems, Fedora does offer a cutting-edge, enterprise-focused platform. Users of the more popular Ubuntu and Mint platforms won't see any reasons to switch with this release, however.

 

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