Fedora 26 – Check out the major news of the release and see how to download

Fedora developers announced this week the availability of the latest version of the operating system that continues to keep its focus on Workstation and bring a very up-to-date software suite, although the distro is not Rolling Release, one of the best options for GNOME lovers. Shell, no doubt, but there are other interesting Fedora versions you should know too.

Fedora 26

The new Fedora 26 was released with package updates and bug fixes, visually, as expected, you should not encounter drastic changes, as the distro does not usually customize the accompanying interfaces much. Yes, plural interfaceS, because although GNOME Shell is the main one, Fedora also has several Spins with different interfaces.

You can read the release notes for full details of Fedora version 26. at this address.

Also check out our video presentation of version 26:

A little about Fedora

Red hat linux

Fedora is a community distraction, but similar to what happens with openSUSE, we have a company that sponsors development, in this case the powerful Red Hat. In fact, Fedora serves as a "testing ground" for development. Red Hat Enterprise Linux, one of the leading Linux distributions in the corporate world.

It is curious to think of Fedora as a derivative of Red Hat, because today almost the opposite way, Red Hat comes from the first tested packages in Fedora, of course, with their proper features and exceptions, but without a doubt a healthy relationship.

On your desktop

Fedora's main focus in recent years has been the so-called "Worsktation", which is geared towards development of all kinds. That doesn't mean you can't use the system on the desktop, of course, but let's say this isn't the focus.

Because of this you will not find certain "facilitators" directly on the system, such as driver managers and the like, but of course this is not the only way you can install components in Fedora.

These utilities will make it easy to enable the RPMFusion repository, which allows you to install various components that are not necessarily free software, such as drivers, codecs, and many other programs that are not in the standard Fedora repository.

Fedora 26

Be sure to note the Application Center that accompanies the distro, especially the GNOME and KDE Plasma versions, as they can install several other famous applications without having to have advanced notions about the system, all by clicking and installing.

When looking for internet software for your Fedora, please note that those are available in .rpm format, they are not technically exactly like the .debs for Ubuntu / Mint / Debian, but work very similarly by simply installing with two clicks. This new release of Fedora also includes native package support. Flatpak and you can still enable the Snaps

Another important detail is that Fedora (with GNOME at least) uses the Wayland graphical server by default instead of X.org. This can, unfortunately, cause some problems for video cards that require proprietary drivers and even some Steam games, fortunately you can change this directly from the login screen.

The broader Fedora project than it seems

The Fedora project has special pages that offer you versions with different interfaces than GNOME, as I commented at the beginning of the text, Fedora has the so-called "Spins".

O Fedora Spins Just shows versions of Fedora with other interfaces by default, so if you like KDE Plasma, XFCE, Cinnamon or any other, you won't be on hand. Another interesting page O Fedora Labs, which are different system ISOs for specific purposes such as astronomy, design and even games, each with a selection of specific software for each purpose.

In addition to these versions, we still have Fedora Cloud and Fedora for ARM architecture, with full or minimal images, where you can install each package manually, just like with Debian Netinstall, for example.

Download the new version or upgrade from Fedora 25

You can upgrade in two (actually three) ways. Downloading the system from the official site and formatting your computer one of them, the simplest and most direct, the most recommended to upgrade from one version to another to avoid any problems in the process. It is worth mentioning that you should have backup of your things, regardless of the method.

If you already have Fedora version 25, you can upgrade in graphical mode or from the command line. Using the GNOME interface you can access GNOME Software and check for updates, you should see an image like this, just confirm the update:

Upgrading Fedora Version 25 to 26
Image: Fedora Magazine

If you use another interface or prefer to do it from the command line, just run these commands sequentially:

sudo dnf system-upgrade reboot

Beware of possible broken packages and unfulfilled dependencies, if the third command shows something to that effect, see what you can do to fix it before continuing, or opt for a clean install.

See you next time!

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