Red Hat uses Fedora as the upstream release of its own Red Hat Enterprise Linux, incorporating many of Fedora's updates into its flagship OS. Red Hat pays for some of the development, though volunteers around the globe contribute as well. the DistoWatch open source software packaging company ranks Fedora as the fourth most popular Linux distribution, a statistic generated by the amount of traffic each distribution generates on the company's site.
Last week, the keepers of Linux Mint released a new version of their Linux distribution as well. Linux Mint 14 includes improvements to both the Mate and the Cinnamon desktops, as well as notable refinements to the middleman system (mdm) script manager and the Software Manager.