After Fedora 32 Beta was deemed unready for release last week during the initial Fedora 32 Beta “Go/No-Go” meeting. However, just 24 hours later, the Fedora developers reconvened and determined that all bugs had been successfully addressed. As such, the beta release is now scheduled for release on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.
If the remaining schedule goes as planned, the final production version of Fedora 32 is scheduled for release on April 21, 2020. Should issues arise or more bugs are found during the Fedora 32 beta phase, the release date will be pushed back to April 28, 2020.
Fedora (aka Fedora Linux) is a Linux distribution that is the upstream source of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and sponsored by a variety of companies, but primarily by Red Hat Incorporated. The community-supported Fedora Project develops and maintains Fedora.
As of Fedora 30, there are five different editions of Fedora are available for download:
- Fedora Workstation – edition of Fedora focused on desktop computing.
- Fedora Server – edition of Fedora focused on servers.
- Fedora CoreOS – edition of Fedora focused on cloud computing.
- Silverblue – edition of Fedora focused on an immutable desktop and delivered in images created by utilizing rpm-ostree. In addition to immutability, other benefits of Silverblue are speed, security, and atomic updates.
- Fedora IoT (Internet of Things) – edition of Fedora focused on IoT devices like an IoT internet gateway device, Rasberry Pi, and IoT sensors endpoint device, etc.
Fedora has a page hit ranking of nine on distrowatch.com and enjoys an 8.45/10 average visitor rating. As of February 2016, Fedora has an estimated 1.2 million users, including Linus Torvalds (as of 2015), creator of the Linux kernel.
New Features in Fedora 32
Changes and new features abound in Fedora 32. Let’s review some of them.
- Binutils upgraded to Binutils 2.3
- DNF (Dandified yum) improved (for better, more accurate counting of Fedora users)
- GCC 10 compiler upgraded
- Glibc upgraded to Glibc 2.31
- Python upgraded to Python 3.8
- Python 2 removed/retired
- Ruby upgraded to Ruby 2.7
- PHP upgraded to PHP 7.4
- MariaDB upgraded to MariaDB 10.4
- GNOME upgraded to GNOME 3.36 (Fedora Workstation 32)
- And many more
For a list of all changes introduced in Fedora 32 Core, refer to the official Fedora 32 Changeset.
Like most Linux enthusiasts, we here at FOSS Linux are eagerly awaiting the Fedora 32 Beta release today anytime. Rest assured that we will perform an installation as soon as possible. Keep checking fosslinux.com for updates and possibly a review.
Kudos to the Fedora Project developers for adhering to and meeting their release schedule despite the current COVID-19 pandemic gripping the world right now.