On September 22, 2003, it was announced that the Fedora project, which created packages for the Red Hat Linux operating system, would be merging with the main Red Hat Linux project. The new distribution was named Fedora Core, and Fedora Core 1 has already been released. Fedora Core 2 is expected to carry the new 2.6.0 kernel and arrive in February 2004.

Feature list of FC1

The new distro also includes the package management system yum by standard. In look and feel it is virtually identical to Red Hat 9, with the same icon set being used. However, Fedora have added a new graphical boot sequence and a GUI for the bootloader configuration. The installer, anaconda, has also been tweaked, and it now takes less time to install with more packages being included (such as the GNOME iTunes alike Rhythmbox).