Fedora 16: Cloud and virtualization features

The Fedora Project announced the availability of Fedora 16, the latest version of its free open source operating system distribution.

Notable feature enhancements include:

Cloud computing

  • Aeolus Conductor creates and manages cloud instances across a wide variety of cloud types
  • OpenStackTM tools configure and run cloud compute and storage infrastructures
  • HekaFS is based on GlusterFS and enables cloud-ready distributed parallel filesystems
  • Pacemaker-cloud application service provides high availability.


  • SPICE USB offers sharing and audio volume messaging for virtualized desktops
  • Virtual Machines Lock Manager protects users from starting the same virtual machine twice or adding the same disk to two different virtual machines
  • Virt-manager Guest Inspection allows read-only browsing of guest filesystems and the Windows Registry.


  • GNOME 3.2 supports the management of online services accounts with integrated contacts and documents, improved chat capabilities, and desktop enhancements
  • GNOME Input Integration facilitates switching between keyboard layouts and input methods.

“The open source community sets a new bar for technical excellence in the creation of this release,” said Jared Smith, Leader, The Fedora Project. “Fedora 16 combines the newest advancements in open source virtualized and cloud computing environments with significant under-the hood-improvements – all while continuing to improve the operating system’s usability. The Fedora Project’s commitment to advancing free and open source software is absolutely reflected in what the community delivered in Fedora 16.”

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