Fedora 32 release date, new features, and more

As per the planned schedule, the final production version of Fedora 32 is scheduled for release on April 21, 2020. Let's see what this new version holds for us. Read on for more details.

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.

About Fedora

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.

Fedora Editions
Fedora Editions

As of Fedora 30, there are five different editions of Fedora are available for download:

  • Fedora Workstation – edition of Fedora focused on cloud 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.

In addition to Linux Torvalds, creator of the Linux kernel, Fedora has an estimated 1.2 million users (as of February 2016).

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.

Fedora 32 Beta - Available for download March 17, 2020.
Fedora 32 Beta – Available for download March 17, 2020

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.

Conclusion

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.

Travis Rose
Hi, I'm M Travis Rose, a contributor to FOSS Linux. I have over thirty years of experience in the IT arena, at least fifteen of which has been working with Linux. I enjoy converting existing Windows users to the wonderful world of Linux. I guess you could call me a Linux-evangelist. Long live Linux!

5 COMMENTS

  1. “New features”…. basically just software version updates? Anything exciting for a “normal” non-dev user? Also I use KDE Plasma, so Gnome doesn’t interest me, and you don’t cover other spins.

    • I understand what you’re saying, but I can only cover what’s included in the particular distro’s release notes. Also, please note we did cover the release of KDE Plasma 5.18 last month.

      However, your comment does pique my interest. Can you please provide a list of topics in response to this to let us know what content you would like us to cover? It would really be doing FOSS Linux a solid.

      Thanks for your comment and I look forward to your response.

      Thanks,

      Travis

  2. Looking forward to this!….have been with Fedora Linux?…..since 2002!….& I have watched this distro “grow up” into a great distro/environment for developing & coding!….can’t wait to finally install it!!

  3. One of the major improvements is that you now get the major Inkscape upgrade (1.0), which is fantastic.

    Also, Fedora 32 feels really fast and polished and beautiful. This is a great version.

    Of course, it will take a bit of time for all the Gnome extensions to be up to date, so for my production platform I wait for the April version.

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