The wait is finally over. After the usual delays, Fedora 25 has been finally released today. Excited to see the new features in Fedora 25? I’ll show that to you in a moment before that let’s talk about Fedora.
For those who are not aware, Fedora is the community project of Red Hat Linux. Red Hat is the first billion dollars open source company. It provides an enterprise Linux among other related technologies.
Fedora is known for innovation, adoption of newer technologies and its contribution to Linux community. Despite all that, Fedora doesn’t have a beginner-friendly reputation. This is why there are several Fedora based Linux distributions to make Fedora accessible for beginners.
Enough about Fedora background. Let’s see what new features Fedora 25 has to offer.
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Main new features in Fedora 25
There are three flavors of Fedora:
- Fedora Workstation (for general desktop usage)
- Fedora Server (for server etc)
- Fedora Atomic (introduced in Fedora 25, it provides minimal image of Fedora with focus on containers and cloud)
The default desktop environment in Fedora Workstation is GNOME. Fedora 25 brings the latest GNOME 3.22. We have already seen GNOME 3.22 features so I am not going list them out here.
Most of the visual changes you’ll experience because of the GNOME 3.22.
Wayland display server was introduced already in Fedora 24. But it was not the default display server. The roles have been reversed now and Fedora 25 has Wayland as the default display server replacing X11.
Don’t outrage just yet. X11 is not completely removed. You still have the option to switch to X11 at login time.
Better Flatpak support
Remember Flatpak? It’s the universal, distribution agnostic packaging from Fedora. Similar to Ubuntu’s Snap packaging, Flatpak intends to provide a packaging format that can be used on any Linux distribution.
Fedora 25 has enhanced support for Flatpak. It is easier to install, update and remove Flatpak software.
Fedora Media Writer
Fedora 25 also introduces a new tool for creating live USB. With this tool, you can look for the latest Fedora versions, download it and write it to a USB to create a live disk of Fedora for a test spin or installation.
Not that there are not other such tools in existence already, but it is always nice to have an ‘official’ application.
There are many more changes in Fedora 25 but I leave that to you to explore. If you are interested, you can go through Fedora 25 release notes to read all the changes in detail.
If you are already using Fedora 24, you can follow this article to upgrade to Fedora 25.
If you want to install Fedora 25 from scratch, you can download it from the link below: