Fedora 32 Linux Distribution is now available
Fedora 32 has been released on April 28, 2020. The new version of the Linux distribution is already available as a direct download or upgrade.
Fedora Workstation administrators may consult the official upgrading Fedora 31 to 32 guide if they need assistance when upgrading to the new version of the Linux distribution. In short, the following commands need to be run from Terminal:
- sudo dnf upgrade --refresh
- sudo dnf install dnf-plugin-system-upgrade
- sudo dnf system-upgrade download --releasever=32
- sudo dnf system-upgrade reboot
Users on Windows and Mac devices may download the Fedora Media Writer application to create installation media using it. ISO files are also provided for users who prefer these.
Fedora may not be as popular as Ubuntu Linux or Linux Mint, but it has a loyal following. The workstation version of Fedora 32 comes with a number of new features, changes and improvements.
Here is a short overview of important changes in Fedora 32:
- Desktop environment GNOME 3.36 (default environment) -- featuring a redesigned lock screen, new Extensions application to manage GNOME extensions, Settings redesign, redesigned Notifications and Calendar popover, and redesigned Clocks application.
- EarlyOOM is enabled by default to better cope with low-memory situations; this reduces heavy swap usage and should recover the system more quickly in low-memory situations (which previously could result in slow-downs or the system becoming unresponsive altogether).
- firewalld uses nftables as default backend.
- Weekly file system TRIM is enabled by default. TRIM informs storage devices about unused blocks; this can make wear leveling more efficient among other things.
- Fedora apt package switched from apt-rpm to regular apt.
- Python 2 has been removed (because of end of support). A legacy Python 2.7 package is still provided for developers who require it.
Administrators who plan to upgrade to Fedora 32 or install the Linux distribution anew may want to consult the list of known bugs first to make sure no stopper bugs affect the installation or use of the operating system after installation.