Some of the major features are :
- Gnome 3.4 included
- KDE 4.8 packages included
- Gimp 2.8
- Also includes a desktop Environment called Sugar
- GCC 4.7 inbuilt
- Removable media changes mount points
- completely automatic multi-seat configuration (A multi-seat computer is a system that offers not only one local seat for a user, but multiple, at the same time.)
- A major Scribus Upgrade
- New applications introduced into the Fedora Mainstream, such as LemonPOS, CherryTree, Rachota, and many more.
There are many ways to get fedora into your systems:
1. If you are running a previous version of fedora
You have three ways to install fedora 17.
A. [Recommended] Using Fedora PreUpgrade to directly upgrade from your fedora desktop
Preupgrade provides an upgrade directly to the latest version of Fedora. It is not necessary to upgrade to intermediate versions. For example, it is possible to upgrade from Fedora 15 to Fedora 17 directly.
Do this by visiting this Official Link
B. [Recommended] Downloading an ISO image of the New Fedora version.
Simply Download the latest version of the fedora 17 ISO images, CD/DVD versions, from this Official Link, and burn them into blank media and you are good to go! Make sure to choose the correct version for your system.
C. [Not Recommended] Do a direct yum upgrade from your older fedora system to Version 17
This is not officially supported by the fedora community, but still works. However, I recommend going with this option only if all other options are impossible. The recommended installation method is with a boot media with the Anaconda installer as detailed in the Installation Guide or use PreUpgrade, mentioned above.
However, here is the official link for a Yum Direct Upgrade
2. If you are running some other Linux Based Operating system:
Download an ISO image of the New Fedora version. Simply Download the latest version of the fedora 17 ISO images, CD/DVD versions, from this Official Link, and burn them into blank media and you are good to go!
3. If you just want to try . . . . .
If you just want to try Fedora 17 without installing, download the ISO image from here, and burn it into an empty media, and boot from it. You can then choose to run it live, from the disc, or install, if you are ready to do so! Make sure to choose the correct version for your system.
You can also find a comprehensive Installation Guide for deploying Fedora 17 on your machine here (PDF)