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Fedora 21 is well on its way to being released in early December, and it brings with it a ton of goodies! Plus, since Fedora is known for being a cutting-edge distribution, there will be a lot of interesting software and technologies that you’ll get to use. Since Fedora moves so fast, it’s important to have these new releases.

Let’s take a look at what one of the most popular distributions will be offering with its upcoming release.

Finally, A New Fedora Release!

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When Fedora 21 finally hits in early December, it will have been approximately a year since the last release. Since Fedora is such a fast-moving distribution, it’s been quite painful to remain on Fedora 20 for this long, but the wait will be well worth it. Can we just be happy that we will have a new release to play with?

Fruits Of Restructuring

After Fedora 20 was released, the Fedora Project decided to go through some restructuring of how they did things in order to be more competitive in the future. This shift was going to take some time, so we all knew that we might have to stick with Fedora 20 for a lot longer Fedora 20: What's New In This "Heisenbug" Linux Release? Fedora 20: What's New In This "Heisenbug" Linux Release? Fedora recently celebrated their 10 years of existence with their 20th release – appropriately codenamed "Heisenbug". Read More than we’ve ever stuck to any Fedora release before. But now, that restructuring is complete, and Fedora is offering a new lineup. We now have Workstation, Server, and Cloud images, where Workstation is the new name for the desktop Fedora images that you know and love. I bet this new name was “inspired” by Red Hat, but the name thankfully doesn’t mean the Fedora desktop suddenly became business only.

New Software

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Of course, after waiting for so long, it’s hard not to be excited about the new software that will be included. The kernel will be at least version 3.17 (although Fedora 20 has been good about updating the kernel), and you’ll get updated desktop environments with GNOME 3.14, KDE 4.14, and MATE 1.8. The GCC compiler has been updated to version 4.9, which will produce faster and more efficient machine code. GNOME’s support for Wayland has also improved quite a bit, so it’s not unreasonable to think that the Wayland display server could become the default in Fedora 22. There are even KDE 5 packages that you can try out if you’re interested in that.

Improved Polish

Despite only being an alpha, a lot of writers around the Web say that Fedora 21 is very polished and stable. I certainly have to agree with them, as I haven’t come across a single issue while playing around with it. Polish was a criticism quite common to Fedora, and during the restructuring the developers made an effort to fix that. I’d say they did a very good job, and it can only get better with the beta and final release.

COPR Repositories

While not necessarily new for this release, Fedora is also emphasizing the use of COPR repositories, which are akin to Ubuntu’s PPAs. This is an effort to make it easier for third-party developers to make their software available for Fedora, which is a key part toward increasing Fedora’s adoption rates. Fedora used to be the go-to distribution, but lost that position once Ubuntu rose to prominence. I’m very interested to see how well these will be used.

Getting the Pre-Release

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Getting the alpha (or if you read this a bit later, the beta) is very easy. Just head over to this page, which will always show you the latest pre-release version of Fedora. From here, you can download the ISO image by your preferred method, burn it to a DVD or write to a USB drive Linux Live USB Creator: Easily Boot Linux From Your Flash Drive Linux Live USB Creator: Easily Boot Linux From Your Flash Drive Read More , and boot from that prepared media How To Change The Boot Order On Your PC (So You Can Boot From USB) How To Change The Boot Order On Your PC (So You Can Boot From USB) What happens when you start up your PC? In most cases (and putting it very simply), after the power switch has controlled the flow of electricity to the motherboard and the fans have started up,... Read More . Just be sure that if you install it to your computer (or virtual machine) that you immediately check for updates, because there’s a good chance that there will be a lot of changes that can improve your experience even more.

Fedora 21: The Most Polished Release Yet

Fedora 21 is quite an exciting release that I’ll continue to follow through the rest of the alpha and beta phases. If you haven’t ever tried Fedora before, then this may be the best release to try out once it’s final. If you already use Fedora, then be sure to upgrade when it comes out as you’ll be very pleased.

What’s your opinion of the new-look Fedora? Will you be trying it out? Let us know in the comments!

  1. arun
    April 20, 2015 at 2:07 am

    The Linux is great and better than windows in the way that a person will start to learn serious computer science rather than becoming a user addicted to easy living.
    Windows pampers, confines and hides a lot of things about computers; this is just to please computer bubblies. I mean to say windows is too great a thing that it makes life simple and easy, which is not good to a student.
    Try Linux only if you want to challenge yourself to learn computers the hard way. Finding solutions would be difficult (not a cake walk). This is how it improves your computer intellect, but if this is what you grudge about, leave Linux - Fedora, Trisquel, Debian, CAELinux etc., etc.,

  2. Leonidas
    January 14, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    I loved Fedora 21, but my printer isn't working. HP-Setup can't find it and the automatic driver simply don't work. :c

    I tried to reinstall hpcups and hplip, still not working. Is it a distro-related bug?

  3. RotailOne
    December 21, 2014 at 6:52 am

    So today ive just installed f21 and played withit for a few hours. As a long Debian-based fan i can say that this release of fedora is far beyond the other Linuxes. I had a few general problems with All the other linux distros, however f21 seems to solve all the problems.
    Its simply stunning.

  4. Richard Leblanc
    December 19, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Have been playing around with Red Hat since version 6 so I guess it's loyalty to the home team. Tried Ubuntu but never felt at home. It felt like I was cheating on my wife. Anyway recently upgraded from 17 to 21. Other then the nvidia issues (have not tried amd yet) they seem to have trimmed back the overhead. I can boot up an old Acer laptop made in 2008 and whiz around fast and lite with 2 gigs of ram and 1900 mhz processor. 500 megs left over for background apps. Well done Fedora team. Good balance other then the nvidia thing. I'm sure someone is working on a stable driver.

  5. mike C
    December 4, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    Looking forward to F21 , I have always preferred Fedora to any other flavour of Linux. In fact when 20 was released I kicked out all "Bill's" software and moved 100% on to it with all of my PC's. I updated F20 to the Mate 1.8 desktop. Hope 21 is as good as you say.

  6. Ihatewindows
    November 12, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Looking forward to the polished FC21 and the super fast KDE 5!! I sure hope Fedora changed for the good, and it looks like they have. Maybe I can get THAT friend (uses Ubuntu just to get on my nerves) to try it...

  7. Mike Stone
    November 5, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    When will it be ready for install and use......right now I am using Deepin and elementary (Ubuntu distros.?)?

  8. gneal
    November 4, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    Before you move to Fedora, or any other system that uses systemd, because it is allegedly more secure, stable or funner than other *nixos systems that don't use systemd, you might want to do some additional due diligence starting with an article such as:

    http://www.infoworld.com/article/2608798/data-center/systemd--harbinger-of-the-linux-apocalypse.html , which states,

    "systemd is becoming the Svchost of Linux – which I don't think most Linux folks want." "Systemd's design has more in common with Windows than with Unix -- down to the binary logging."

    Security? Stability? Really?

    • Josh Mason
      November 30, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      I'm in the middle on the whole systemd thing basically because it doesn't restrict configurability any more than sysvinit does. All the configurability you have with sysvinit still exists with systemd, as Arch shows in practice every day.

  9. Peter
    November 4, 2014 at 9:35 am

    The Fedora now comes in three flavors, of which Workstation is one. But it only comes with Gnome. So we KDE users will be considered a special remix. I hope that KDE gets more love and attention in the future. But anyway, thanks and cheers to the Fedora people!

  10. sully
    November 4, 2014 at 2:12 am

    Linux is simply funner, offers freedom on your machines, allows one to experience computing from another perspective but it does requires a bit of a superuser mindset. *nix is not for the faint of heart, which is why I dig it so much. To me, every release in the past has boasted the same things. Fedora is a favorite in my house as it tends to be more stable than Ubuntu and I am now familiar with it enough to confidently use it on my main machine. Its been there now for five years, which I more than I can say about any other operating system. Have fun with it and be thankful for those of whom make free computing a reality. Cheers!

  11. KT
    November 4, 2014 at 12:18 am

    Great, another new distro to try! In the last month, I've installed and toyed with (on my spare pc) Mint 17 MATE, and KDE. Pclinuxos MATE, KDE, and full monty. And Zorin 9. I went with Pclinuxos KDE 64 on my workhorse pc, I love the customization and after playing with it, I found Kwin to be better than Compiz for eye candy. Any of you fellow Linux lovers have any reasons for me to try Fedora?

    • daiquiri
      November 4, 2014 at 12:58 am

      not rebooting is stupid. you're losing all kernel security updates and bugfix...

  12. Antony Sucheston
    November 3, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Fedora is great. There is no proprietary code included, but one can get the propietary code they want quite easlily by going to these websites: http://www.google.com/linuxrepsositories and rpmfusion.org. Once the repositories are configured you can use any of the proprietary software you want and they will be updated automatically. It does take a couple of more steps than linux mint or Ubuntu, to be able to view flash files or listen to mp3s. But Fedora is rock solid and easy to use once you get it configured right and it is by far the most Secure distribution. I love it! Gnome 3 is very easy to use and intuitive, despite what the stuck in the mud old people say.

    • Josh Mason
      November 30, 2014 at 7:54 pm

      And if you find GNOME3 hard to use, just modify it to usability. ;)

  13. Raish
    November 3, 2014 at 1:12 am

    What would a typical averae window 7 user get from installing this OS and what would be their reasons for it?

    • Pierre-Yves Luyten
      November 3, 2014 at 9:25 am

      Raish, typically a user would find more security, and much more respect about his privacy. Also, while previous windows lacked about stability, I can't tell about the windows 7 version - however do not install an alpha version of Fedora if you want stability.

      Fedora as many Linux distributions offers many alternatives desktops, and you will probably find the one fitting you, while Windows does force one specific desktop.

      Command line on Linux is much more powerfull, despite Microsoft has made some efforts on their shell. To be fair
      I guess other UNIXes are good at this, too.

      There are drawbacks. Typically, you might discover that one proprietary specific software does not support Linux (and sometimes, neither OSX).

    • Sean D
      November 3, 2014 at 6:41 pm

      I have Win7, OSX and Fedora at home on different machines. The biggest benefits you would get:

      1. Open source. If you want to upgrade from WIN7 to WIN8 or WIN10 when it's released, you pay $100+ to upgrade. To go from Fedora12, to 15, to 20 to 21 and beyond, it's free. Always.

      2. Stability. I use Fedora on my work computer and have not rebooted it since about March of 2013. Updates typically don't require restarts, so you can update software in the background and not lose your place on what you're doing. Now updating the entire OS of course will require a restart. My Windows machine is rebooted once a month, give or take.

      3. Security. I don't run any antivirus, any anti-spyware on my Linux machines. It's not necessary.

      4. Hardware. Fedora (all *NIX OS' actually) is not hardware dependent on install. That means if your computers motherboard goes bad, you can take your hard drive out, put it into another computer, and boot it up with no problems. Windows would require basically a reinstall.

      5. Performance. Memory utilization by Fedora (and again, just about all Linux distributions) is far superior to the memory manager of Windows. This means the OS will run with less memory, will take up less memory and will overall run faster.

      6. Personalization. If you don't like how Windows is laid out...you're stuck with it. If you don't like how Linux is laid out.......download a different desktop environment and modify it.

      7. Workspaces. I keep 3 different workspaces up at all times. I have a personal workspace, a general workspace and a work workspace. This allows me to separate my work applications from my personal email, etc. without closing windows.

      8. Programs/applications. You can run probably 95% of Windows programs on Linux, it just might take a little tweaking for some. Others are virtually plug and play. I run MS Office on my Linux machine just fine, but rarely use it unless I need some of the specialized features it offers that LibreOffice doesn't.

    • Endat Thaeman
      February 4, 2015 at 10:33 pm

      Raish, what these people have said is true.. but your "typical average" Windows user will miss things like their favorite programs. You cannot run most Windows apps like Sean D said (he is talking about "wine" or "crossover office"). The free/open source thing is a plus.. and you can impress your friends with something that looks different (especially if you install compiz 3d desktop).

      Yes, you can move the HDD from machine to machine and it will work in each.. but it's all very generic. For example, the drivers are not optimized for a specific GFX setup (multi-screen, multi gfx card, different video card maker).

      At the end of the day, Fedora is owned by RedHat, who admittedly uses Fedora as a "testing ground". If you want the real deal, you will need to buy "Red Hat Enterprise Desktop" ($49 - $299) which can be as good as /or better than Windows, depending on your needs.

      My favorite is Arch. It is the best linux distribution (google "arch is the best"). Also one of the most difficult to use and install (for the average windows user it can be impossible). In fact, I use my own distro that I based on Arch. It's still a work in progress, but it's usable enough now that I use it as my everyday workstation.

  14. Smithing
    November 2, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Looks like any other Linux distro.

  15. gustav speed
    November 2, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    It might be nice if you told us what fedora does

    • Kris
      November 3, 2014 at 9:43 pm

      Hey man, I agree!

      Makeuseof articles are usually a good balance of newbie and techie. This article didn't contain much substance in my opinion. Maybe there will be a follow up article with a bit more "meat" on fedora.

      Cheers!

  16. dragonmouth
    November 2, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    "Fedora used to be the go-to distribution, but lost that position once Ubuntu rose to prominence."
    Maybe if all the pundits quit fawning and gushing about Ubuntu and started pushing Fedora, it would regain its place in the sun.

    • techno
      November 2, 2014 at 2:26 pm

      I don't know, I'm using Fedora and I want to get something that doesn't fight me every step of the way. I actually found Arch easier to use and Fedora doesn't seem to want to play nice with any of my other linux boxes. I mean the default security on Fedora is draconian and there are a lot of common services blocked by default. Half the themes in the download section don't work, and an update broke my wireless, and security patches took way too long to get to me, when other distros already had the patches(shellshock). I can't say I've been too impressed with it. It used to be the leading edge linux distro, now without have a rolling version I can't see it regaining that status with desktop users. All that said, once I got it working it mostly stayed working, but it's been by far the most difficult distro for me to use.

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