If you enjoy freshly upgraded Linux distributions, the next month or two should be pretty special. Solus 4 was just released, Canonical’s Ubuntu 19.04 Beta is underway, and now it’s The Fedora Project’s turn to invite users to the Red Hat-sponsored Fedora 30 party.
A wealth of Fedora 30 Beta images are now available for testing ahead of its final release near the end of April. The updated version introduces performance improvements to DNF (Fedora’s package manager), and continued progress toward a flicker-free boot.
It also delivers two welcome additions to the already lengthy list of supported desktop environments.
Both the Deepin desktop environment and Pantheon — from the house of elementary OS — will be added to the list of available desktops which already include Xfce, KDE Plasma and Cinnamon among others. I’ve been curious about the prospect of Deepin on Fedora for months, and seeing them unified should be exciting. Deepin is one of the most stylish desktop environments available. On top of Fedora’s bleeding-edge software and stability, this should be a fantastic combination.
Then there’s Pantheon, a clean and elegant desktop with a focus on minimalism and speed. Again, a potential attractive combination.
To be honest though, what I’ve found particularly enjoyable during my time with Fedora is vanilla Gnome. Fedora 30 ushers in Gnome 3.32 out of the box, featuring fractional scaling for those of you with HiDPi screens, and a host of modernized UI improvements. You can browse the entire list of changes here.
The Fedora Project encourages people to test drive the Beta release of Fedora 30 with this persuasive passage:
“A Beta release is code-complete and bears a very strong resemblance to the final release. If you take the time to download and try out the Beta, you can check and make sure the things that are important to you are working. Every bug you find and report doesn’t just help you, it improves the experience of millions of Fedora users worldwide! Together, we can make Fedora rock-solid. We have a culture of coordinating new features and pushing fixes upstream as much as we can. Your feedback improves not only Fedora, but Linux and free software as a whole.”
Just remember this is a Beta. Throw it on a test machine and don’t use it as your daily driver until the community has time to spot any potentially game-breaking bugs. You can grab all versions of Fedora here:
Or you can download the various Fedora 30 Beta Spins here.
Happy testing Fedora fans!
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