What’s New in Fedora 34? Eight Causes to Improve or Swap

The beta for Fedora 34 is available now and offers a number of improvements and changes. There's never been a better time to switch to Fedora Linux. So let's see what's new.

What is Fedora Linux?

Fedora Linux Standard Edition, also known as Fedora Workstation, is a solid Linux distribution designed specifically for developers and developers. It's a popular and powerful choice for anyone looking for an operating system that will work reliably for you and get you to work.

Fedora is a contender for one of the best Linux distributions and comes standard with the popular and powerful GNOME desktop environment. GNOME provides users with a modern, organized, and uncluttered experience that is easy to navigate and use, whether you're developing a complex programming project or just surfing the Internet.

The Fedora project is supported by, among others, Red Hat, Inc., an open source IT solutions company. This type of professional support ensures that Fedora continues to receive timely updates and helpful support for the foreseeable future.

If you've never used Linux and are curious to get started, you'll find Fedora on par with major operating systems for performance, versatility, and sleek user experience. What certainly makes it better than Windows or MacOS is its cost: completely free.

Download: Fedora workstation

What's new in Fedora 34

If you're using an older version of Fedora and are unsure whether to upgrade, or want to make Fedora your first Linux distribution, these features of Fedora 34 may be able to make you take the plunge.

1. GNOME Updated to GNOME 40

Fedora 34 features the latest version of the popular GNOME desktop environment, GNOME 40. Improvements include new keyboard and touchpad shortcuts, a better user interface, easier software browsing, and much more. For more information on the changes, see the GNOME 40 Release Notes.

2. Wayland by default for KDE Plasma

If you choose to use the KDE Plasma Spin instead of the standard GNOME edition, Fedora 34 will find the standard Wayland session instead of X11.

While X11 has long been an integral part of Linux distributions, the project is hardly developed any further these days. However, the Wayland project team has worked hard on its offering, and it is expected that the KDE and GNOME environments will take it over completely in the coming days. Fedora KDE offers an insight into the future of Linux.

3. Linux Kernel 5.11

The Linux kernel for Fedora has been updated to 5.11, the latest stable release. A newer kernel means better support, especially for newer hardware, so you can be sure that your computer is up and running.

4. Audio server has been changed to PipeWire

If you've used Linux before, you've probably come across PulseAudio, the default audio server and configuration tool for Fedora. It was replaced in 34 with PipeWire, a more versatile and adaptable multimedia handler.

PipeWire is so simple that the casual user doesn't have to mess around with it right away, but it's also configurable enough for the picky professionals who perform complex multimedia tasks.

5. Transparent compression enabled for Btrfs

Btrfs, the standard file system since Fedora 33, now offers transparent data compression. This means that Fedora will better optimize your SSD for maximum memory savings and a longer lifespan.

6. Improved security

You can have peace of mind knowing that Fedora 34 has implemented numerous security improvements. Especially with Linux becoming the target of malware attacks, you cannot afford to compromise on security.

7. Developer tools

The Fedora Project wants software developers to feel at home on their desktops. To that end, Fedora 34 has several updated packages covering database management, Git, and container support.

Related: Which Container System Should You Use: Kubernetes or Docker?

8. Other improvements

Fedora 34 has many more improvements that are too numerous to list here. This includes more efficient resource management, additional language support, and updated utilities.

These small changes add up to an overall better user experience. You can read all changes to Fedora 34 in detail on the ChangeSet wiki page.

Take a closer look at Fedora 34

For a brief presentation of the best features and changes in Fedora 34, follow these steps trip Option in the Applications Listed when you first installed Fedora 34.

If you're still not convinced to give Fedora a try, it's time to take a closer look at the differences between Fedora and another Linux classic like Ubuntu.

Fedora vs. Ubuntu: Linux distros in comparison

If you're looking for the best that Linux has to offer, you have a choice between two. But between Fedora and Ubuntu, what's best?

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Jordan Gloor
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Jordan is a tutor and journalist who is passionate about making Linux accessible and stress-free for everyone. He has a BA in English and a thing for hot tea. During the warm season he enjoys cycling on the Ozark hills where he lives.

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