Fedora is one of the Linux distros that we can find on the net. This distro is developed and maintained by a large community, which, in addition, has the support of Red Hat, which makes it one of the best distros that we can find both for day-to-day and personal use. A robust, stable and secure system that has thousands of users all over the world. Users who are celebrating today, as its developers have just released one of the most anticipated updates: Fedora 34 .
The developers responsible for this Linux distro have worked very hard in the development of this new version. The new Fedora 34 has a large number of changes, both low-level (in the core of the system) and in view of the user, thanks to which it can continue to grow and improve.
What’s New in Fedora 34
One of the first changes that we find in this new version of Fedora is the Kernel . Its developers have opted to include version 5.11 of it (although it is not the latest available) thanks to which it will guarantee the correct operation of most of the hardware (CPU, graphics, ports, devices, etc.) and allow us to take better advantage of everything what the system offers us.
With the arrival of Fedora 33, the community wanted BTRFS to be the default file system. Today, with the arrival of version 34, BTRFS active default data compression .This ZSTD compression offers read and write speeds faster at the same time we saves space.
Everything related to audio has also received changes. Until now, the demon in charge of controlling the system’s audio was PulseAudio. From now on, things will change, with everything related to the audio of the PipeWire controlled system. This daemon offers higher performance and much more flexible sound control.
Systemd-oomd is also another of the novelties of this Linux. This new daemon, which until now was only activated in a small group of users, will offer much better response times in situations where, for example, we run out of memory or when we have to use a lot of SWAP memory.
When it comes to the desktop, GNOME 40 is one of the biggest novelties, and the thing that will attract the most attention to users. This will be the default desktop for this distro, making it the first to start using GNOME 40 by default (not counting the Rolling Releases) in a new version. Additionally, Fedora Spins have also received updates to their corresponding desktops:
- KDE Plasma 5.21, which now has ARM support and uses Wayland by default.
- Xfce 4.16, who now uses GTK3 at 100%.
- LXQt 0.16.
- Tiling Window Manager – i3, a new Spin.
Finally, indicate that all programs and packages have been updated to the most recent versions available, and it has been used to correct a large number of bugs and errors spread throughout the system.
How to download or update
The new version of Fedora is now available to all users for free. We can download the ISO image from their website . Once downloaded, we can save it to a USB memory with a program such as Etcher or Rufus, and use said memory to install it on the computer. If we want to test it before installing it, we can use the Live version, or mount it in a virtual machine.
If we already have a previous version of Fedora installed, and we want to update our system, we can do so by executing the following commands:
sudo dnf upgrade --refresh
sudo dnf install dnf-plugin-system-upgrade
sudo dnf system-upgrade download --releasever=34
sudo dnf system-upgrade reboot
After restarting, we will have the system up to date, and we can begin to enjoy all the news of the new Fedora 34.