Compared with Ubuntu and Linux Mint, Fedora Linux is an old-timer, dating back to 2003. It arose from the ashes of Red Hat Linux, which was discontinued in favor of the officially supported Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). Today, Fedora serves as the free, community version of RHEL.
Yet Fedora Linux has remained entrenched as the third most popular Linux distribution in recent years, according to DistroWatch. Its numerous strengths include top-notch security, good usability, a choice of desktops, cloud capabilities, and strong business features.
If you're not sold on Ubuntu's Unity interface, or if you want a more enterprise-focused OS, read on for a quick visual introduction to the latest release: Fedora 16, also known as “Verne.”