Fedora 21 Linux Distro Tuned for Desktop, Server, Cloud

By Sean Michael Kerner  |  Posted 2014-12-10

The open-source Fedora 21 Linux distribution, launched Dec. 9, provides the first new edition of Red Hat's community Linux distribution since the release of Fedora 20 in December 2013. Much has happened in the Fedora Linux community in the past year, and the Fedora 21 release marks a departure for the project from the way releases were built over the past decade. Instead of a single monolithic release that can be tailored for multiple use cases, Fedora 21 offers three distinct products intended for specific deployments. A Fedora Workstation release, intended for use as a desktop, includes a new set of tools to help developers use Fedora to build applications. The Fedora Server product provides users with a new server management tool called Cockpit to help manage and monitor running servers. The Fedora Server also includes role kit technology, which enables server administrators to define server roles and best practices. The third Fedora 21 product is the Fedora Cloud, available in two versions: the base version is an optimized version of Fedora for running on a cloud service, while the Fedora Atomic Host goes a step further to include Docker container functionality for the Fedora Cloud. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at the highlights of the Fedora 21 Linux release.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.

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