Fedora 26 Is Released! Check Out The New Features

Brief: Popular Linux distribution Fedora has a new release. Latest version Fedora 26 brings out GNOME 3.24.2 for the visual changes and packs several other changes under the hood. Fedora 26 also introduces a new Fedora spin based on Lxqt.

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Fedora 26 is here! And for a change, it’s been released on the promised date. I don’t remember the last time when a Fedora version was released on schedule so this is definitely a welcome change.

Fedora 26 has been released

If you don’t know already, Fedora is one of the most popular and widely used Linux distribution. It is a community driven project by Red Hat, the billion dollar Open Source company. Fedora comes in three versions namely Workstation (for desktop), Server and Atomic (for containers).

Fedora Workstation uses GNOME as the default desktop environment but provides other spins based on KDE, Xfce, Cinnamon, MATE etc.

Let’s look at the new features Fedora 26 brings for us.

Fedora 26 features

You can take the desktop tour of Fedora 26 GNOME in the video below. Do subscribe to our YouTube channel for more Linux videos.

Here are the important new changes in Fedora 26:

  • Default desktop environment GNOME 3.24.2 brings nightlight feature to Fedora. Weather information is in the notification area.
  • Linux Kernel 4.11.8
  • GCC 7 (though not all packages have been compiled with GCC 7)
  • Other major package updates: DNF 2.5, Python 3.6, Golang 1.8, Ruby 2.4, Boost 1.63, OpenSSL 1.1.0
  • New Fedora spin based on Lxqt
  • Python Classroom: A special Fedora spin for teachers and instructors to use Fedora in their classrooms or workshops for teaching Python
  • Chinese input improvement
  • Improved systemd integration
  • SSSD fast caching is now enabled by default
  • many under-the-hood improvements, like better caching of user and group info and better handling of debug information

The complete changelog of Fedora 26 can be found here.

Fedora Python Classroom
Fedora Python Classroom

Upgrading to Fedora 26 from Fedora 25

If you are already using Fedora 25, you should be getting a notification about the availability of Fedora 26:

Upgrade to Fedora 26 from Fedora 25
Fedora 26 upgrade notification

Otherwise, you can manually upgrade to Fedora 26. Read the instructions here on how to manually upgrade to Fedora 26.

Download Fedora 26

As mentioned earlier, Fedora is available in several versions. You can get Fedora 26 for various versions from the links below:

Get Fedora 26 Workstation

Get Fedora 26 Server

Get Fedora 26 Spins

If you prefer torrents over direct download links, you can get the torrents of all Fedora 26 versions on the link below:

Download Fedora 26 via Torrents

Note: Some images have been taken from Fedora Magazine.

Are you getting Fedora 26?

Are you planning to upgrade your Fedora install? Try it and share your experience with us. Which features did you like the most about Fedora 26? Something you want to add? Hit the comment section below.

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  • I tried to install this, and actually did, but then it blanked the screen. I have more than the minimum requirements, so I assume it has something to do with the video driver. If the screen is blank, how can you check the drivers and upgrade them? I’ve been using Mint 18 (latest upgrade), with no problems. Thanks!

  • Was using Fedora long back. It is a good OS; but probably testing ground for Red Hat. No LTS Fedora so would not let go of Ubuntu LTS.

  • @CLA If your asking in regards to installing it with the 4.9 kernel (or higher)l that has been fixed, no hacks or workarounds needed.

  • This is the best LXQT implementation I’ve seen.

    @CLA As far as I know you just need to add the RPM Fusion repository (it’s closely linked to Fedora but officially official) and add the devel version of your current kernel and the right version of the Nvidia package, It’s worked with me on 25.

    https://rpmfusion.org/Howto/NVIDIA

    That or use the official Nvidia one but run it from a command line login after installing the necessary dependency’s (add 3 to the kernel parameter for one login.)