Fedora 35 brings the GNOME 41 desktop and various other new features that can increase your productivity on Linux.
Twice a year, in April and October, the community behind Fedora releases a new major version of the hugely popular Linux distribution. Currently planned for October 19, 2021, the release of Fedora 35 is fast approaching. Let's take a look at what to expect when you install or upgrade the 35th incarnation of the world's most popular current Linux distribution.
Fedora 35 includes the new GNOME 41 desktop
The first thing you'll notice when you boot into Fedora 35 is the shiny new desktop environment. GNOME 41, which was released only a few weeks ago, is the default desktop environment for Fedora 35. It comes with a number of new features that many users will enjoy.
Some of the new features in GNOME 41 include:
The entire GNOME experience feels faster and more responsive
The GNOME software app has an updated, sleeker user interface
Nautilus (File Explorer) integrates the management of encrypted archives
GNOME Calendar Now Supports ICS (Universal Calendar Format) files
GNOME calculator redesigned with a new look and improved menus
Extended setting options for multitasking and cellular configuration
Lots of improvements and bug fixes under the hood
When it is released, Fedora 35 will be the only Linux distribution that comes standard with GNOME 41.
What can desktop users expect from Fedora 35?
As with most major new releases, many of the major changes and improvements will take place in the background and hidden from most casual users. However, if you enjoy tinkering and taking the time to explore, you will notice a few changes that are designed to improve the experience for the average, everyday desktop user.
One of the most welcome changes in Fedora 35 is the built-in ability to enable certain third-party software repositories. If you've used Fedora for a long time, you are probably familiar with the usual (and tedious) task of setting up new software repositories to get access to things like specialized hardware drivers or audio and video codecs. Fedora maintains its policy of excluding this type of proprietary software from the standard distribution, but now makes it easier for users to install.
In addition to GNOME 41 and the new software repositories, Firewalld (Fedora's firewall daemon) has been updated, new Flathub applications have been added, the RPM system has been updated and of course many bug fixes and system efficiency changes have been implemented.
What can developers expect from Fedora 35?
Fedora has always been an attractive Linux distribution for developers, and for good reason. Version 35 of Fedora includes many changes and upgrades to help developers stay current with the latest technology. The most important updates affecting development workflows include:
GNU toolchain updates to gcc 11, glibc 2.34, binutils 2.37 and gdb 10.2
BTRFS is becoming the default file system for Fedora Cloud
Fedora Cloud images can be created with hybrid BIOS + EFI boot support
GHC Compiler is updated to 18.10 with Stackage LTS v18
Several updates to the programming language:
Python 3.5 is being discontinued
WirePlumber becomes the PipeWire session manager
As you would expect with Fedora, even after the initial release, you can count on numerous updates to keep your system up to date with the latest technology.
Look out for the release or download Fedora 35 Beta now
Fedora 35 is expected to be released on October 19, with a fallback date of October 26 if there are issues with blocking releases. While we'd like to see Fedora 35 out as soon as possible, history shows that it is more likely that it will be released at a later date.
You can currently download Fedora 34 or the Fedora 35 beta from the Fedora Project website. You can also find links to current and beta versions of the many Fedora spins.
Download: Fedora workstation 34
Download: Fedora Workstation 35 Beta
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