Fedora 17 also known as “Beefy Miracle” is a collection of software and an operating system based on the Linux kernel. Some of the highlights of Fedora 17 are: GNOME 3.4 and KDE 4.8, OpenStack, Eucalyptus and Open Nebula, ICC profiles for color printing and an improved gimp, and virtualization improvements.
64 bit is now the default when downloading Fedora 17. If you want to download the 32 bit version, you can still do so by clicking the “more download options.” The minimum RAM requirement to run Fedora is 768MB in text mode, and 1GB RAM with a graphical environment. In addition, you will also need at least 9GB of disk space.