Fedora Core 5 Goes Gold

The latest version of Red Hat's community Linux offers several new desktop apps, advances in security and tighter Java integration.

Red Hats Fedora Project on March 21 announced the release of Fedora Linux Core 5 (code-named Bordeaux), which offers several new desktop applications, advances in security, better localization tools, improved software installation and management facilities, and tighter Java integration, according to the Project.

Fedora Core 5, which includes a 2.6.15 kernel and optional desktop, server and system apps, has a new look and feel, with new menus and a new user interface, Project officials said.

The new version went gold only five days later than the Fedora team had anticipated.

Fedora Core 5 features some new desktop applications. They include:

  • Tomboy, a new ("simple and handy") note-taking tool;
  • F-Spot, which manages digital photographs; and
  • Beagle desktop search, which resembles Apples Sherlock or Google Desktop on PCs, and helps users find something in a chat log, an e-mail, or a Web page they visited days ago.
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Power management has been improved, thanks to Gnome Power Manager, included in this release. Additionally, the Gnome screensaver package is included, with a new Fedora screensaver to accompany it, the team said.

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