Red Hat has released its Fedora Core 5 version of Linux, which offers new desktop applications and virtualisation technologies together with improved security.
Fedora version 5 includes updated GNOME and KDE graphical user interfaces for versions 2.14 and 3.5 respectively.
Fedora 5 also includes support for Accelerated Indirect GL X, a system that can add 3D effects to the user interface.
There is also the Cairo feature, which is a library that other applications can use for drawing 2D graphics based on vectors rather than bitmaps.
The Xorg 7.0 graphics feature allows developers to break up software components into independent modules, so that they can make enhancements more quickly.
In addition, Fedora 5 includes the Beagle system for desktop search, the F-Spot feature to support photo management, and Tomboy for taking notes.
Many of the features on Fedora - and the third party development of applications for the system - will eventually be incorporated into Red Hat’s Enterprise Linux product.