Fedora 20 Released with support for ARM architecture

Fedora 20 “Heisenbug” has been released today just a little bit after the 10th anniversary the Fedora Project (Fedora 1 was released on November 6, 2003). This release is dedicated to Seth Vidal, a dedicated, and brilliant contributor and the lead developer of Yum and the Fedora update repository who passed away in July.

As part of Fedora’s commitment to leading edge open innovation, ARM is now supported as a primary architecture. While x86 will still be the default for most Fedora users, classifying ARM as a primary architecture means that it will receive the same amount of attention that the x86 and x86-64 releases get.

“ARM is rapidly growing in stature and already dominates the mobile world,” the Fedora announcement said. “Beyond mobile and the maker movement, ARM shows great promise as a powerful and cost-effective technology for the server world, leading to primary support from Fedora to satisfy end users and developers targeting the ARM platform.”

In addition to improved ARM support, Fedora’s announcement details improvements for cloud and virtualization deployments, developers, and desktop users. New “first-class cloud images” are “well-suited to running as guests in public and private clouds like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and OpenStack.” Another new feature makes it easier to take snapshots of virtual machines.

Developers will appreciate WildFly 8, which was previously called JBoss Application Server. The software “makes it possible to run Java EE 7 applications with significantly higher speed. It boasts an optimized boot process that starts services concurrently, preventing unnecessary waits, and taps into the power of multi-core processors. Additionally, WildFly takes an aggressive approach to memory management and keeps its memory footprint exceptionally small compared to other JVMs.” Ruby on Rails 4.0 is also included in Fedora 20.

For desktop users, it brings GNOME 3.10 with “a new music application (gnome-music), a new maps application (gnome-maps), a revamp for the system status menu, and Zimbra support in Evolution.” It also updates KDE to KDE Plasma Workspaces 4.11 which includes faster Nepomuk indexing, improvements to Kontact, KScreen integration in KWin, Metalink/HTTP support for KGet, and much more.

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