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Fedora 30 released, here is everything you need to know

by Kiran Kumar
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Fedora 30 Release

The Fedora dev team announced the release of Fedora 30! This exciting release comes with an impressive set of features and no wonder this was a much-awaited release for the Fedora users.

Fedora 30 Beta version was released to the public on Tuesday, April 2, 2019.

Fedora 30 Workstation

Fedora 30 Workstation

Major New Features in Fedora 30

If you ever planned to switch over to Fedora, this is the time. Here are the new features in Fedora 30 Workstation.

1. New Desktop Environments

Fedora 30 comes with two new Desktop Environment (DE) options namely DeepinDE and Pantheon Desktop.  Although Pantheon DE is optimized for elementary OS, Fedora team did a splendid job in integrating this excellent DE into Fedora. The result is a buttery smooth experience with no ghosting bug!

GNOME, KDE Plasma, and Xfce are still there for those who want to stick to what they have. The out-of-the-box configuration for Fedora 30 will install GNOME Shell 3.32.1 desktop on Wayland.

2. DNF Performance Improvements

Besides xz or gzip, all dnf repository metadata for Fedora 30 Beta is compressed with zchunk format. Zchunk is a new compression format for highly efficient deltas. When Fedora’s metadata is compressed using zchunk, dnf only downloads differences between any earlier metadata copies and the current version, saving a significant amount of time.

Fedora 30 File Manager

Fedora 30 File Manager

3. GNOME 3.32

Fedora 30 comes packaged with GNOME 3.32 DE. It on itself was another exciting release from the GNOME team.

Fedora 20 Workstation on GNOME 3.32

Fedora 20 Workstation on GNOME 3.32

GNOME 3.32 has refreshed the user interface, icons, and the desktop itself. For a full GNOME 3.32 highlights list, see our detailed article.

4. Other Updates

Fedora 30 also ships with updated versions of several popular packages like Golang, the Bash shell, the GNU C Library, Python, and Perl. I would like to point out a few crucial highlights of Bash 5.0. This version fixes several outstanding bugs in bash-4.4 and introduces several new features. The most important bug fixes are overhauling how nameref variables resolve and discovering many potential out-of-bound memory errors via fuzzing. For a full list, see the Changeset on the Fedora Wiki.

The Workstation version boots graphically smooth, without the flickering display,  and any abrupt graphical transitions.

How to upgrade to Fedora 30 Workstation

A few simple commands can easily upgrade Fedora 29. Launch Terminal and fire up the commands below. PCs on older than Fedora 29 version must first upgrade to Fedora 29 and then upgrade to version 30.

Step 1) Enter the refresh command to install all the Fedora 29 updates first. It will make the upgrade process smooth. Enter “y” when prompted.

sudo dnf upgrade --refresh

Step 2) Fedora will download and install all the Fedora 29 updates. Wait until the process is complete.

Step 3) Install the system upgrade plugin using the following command.

sudo dnf install dnf-plugin-system-upgrade

Step 4) Finally enter the following command to download Fedora 30.

sudo dnf system-upgrade download --releasever=30

Pay attention and enter’ y’ when prompted. You’ll have to enter it a few times.

Step 5) After the download is complete, reboot using the command below:

sudo dnf system-upgrade reboot

Step 6) Your system reboots to the current Fedora 29 kernel. Don’t worry, that’s normal. Fedora 30 upgrade will start in a moment. Wait to finish the process. After another automatic reboot, you should see Fedora 30.

Want to install Fedora 30 from scratch? No problem, Start with downloading the ISO file and next head over to our article on how to create a Fedora Live USB drive to test drive as well as install the OS.

Download Fedora 30 Workstation ISO image

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