The Awesome Fedora 30 is Here! Check Out the New Features

The latest and greatest release of Fedora is here. Fedora 30 brings some visual as well as performance improvements.

Fedora releases a new version every six months and each release is supported for thirteen months.

Before you decide to download or upgrade Fedora, let’s first see what’s new in Fedora 30.

New Features in Fedora 30

Fedora 30 Release
Fedora 30 Release

Here’s what’s new in the latest release of Fedora.

GNOME 3.32 gives a brand new look, features and performance improvement

A lot of visual improvements is brought by the latest release of GNOME.

GNOME 3.32 has refreshed new icons and UI and it almost looks like a brand new version of GNOME.

Gnome 3.32 New Icons
Gnome 3.32 icons | Image Credit

GNOME 3.32 also brings several other features like fractional scaling, permission control for each application, granular control on Night Light intensity among many other changes.

GNOME 3.32 also brings some performance improvements. You’ll see faster file and app searches and a smoother scrolling.

Improved performance for DNF

Fedora 30 will see a faster DNF (the default package manager for Fedora) thanks to the zchunk compression algorithm.

The zchunk algorithm splits the file into independent chunks. This helps in dealing with ‘delta’ or changes as you download only the changed chunks while downloading the new version of a file.

With zcunk, dnf will only download the difference between the metadata of the current version and the earlier versions.

Fedora 30 brings two new desktop environments into the fold

Fedora already offers several desktop environment choices. Fedora 30 extends the offering with elementary OS‘ Pantheon desktop environment and Deepin Linux’ DeepinDE.

So now you can enjoy the looks and feel of elementary OS and Deepin Linux in Fedora. How cool is that!

Linux Kernel 5

Fedora 29 has Linux Kernel 5.0.9 version that has improved support for hardware and some performance improvements. You may check out the features of Linux kernel 5.0 in this article.

Updated software

You’ll also get newer versions of software. Some of the major ones are:

  • GCC 9.0.1
  • Bash Shell 5.0
  • GNU C Library 2.29
  • Ruby 2.6
  • Golang 1.12
  • Mesa 19.0.2
  • Vagrant 2.2
  • JDK12
  • PHP 7.3
  • Fish 3.0
  • Erlang 21
  • Python 3.7.3

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Getting Fedora 30

If you are already using Fedora 29 then you can upgrade to the latest release from your current install. You may follow this guide to learn how to upgrade a Fedora version.

Fedora 29 users will still get the updates for seven more months so if you don’t feel like upgrading, you may skip it for now. Fedora 28 users have no choice because Fedora 28 reached end of life next month which means there will be no security or maintenance update anymore. Upgrading to a newer version is no longer a choice.

You always has the option to download the ISO of Fedora 30 and install it afresh. You can download Fedora from its official website. It’s only available for 64-bit systems and the ISO is 1.9 GB in size.

What do you think of Fedora 30? Are you planning to upgrade or at least try it out? Do share your thoughts in the comment section.

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  • I like Deepin, but its a no go for me on Fedora 30.

    #1 – I use the Wavebox app for email on my Linux boxes and Wavebox & Deepin are not playing well together.

    #2 – every time I logout of Deepin I get a black screen and have to reboot to login again.

    Probably some not too terribly difficult solutions for these two problems but Deepin does not interest me enough to try and find those solutions right now.

    I backed up my Fedora 29 install and did a fresh install of Fedora 30 rather than an upgrade.

    I like it fine.
    My top bar vanishes from time to time however and that is slightly annoying.