The beta of Fedora 40 has already been released and these are its new features

fedora 40 beta

fedora 40 beta

It was recently announced Fedora 40 beta release, which comes not only with the purpose of showing all the changes and improvements that the development team worked on, but also to provide users and developers with an environment for working tests of what will be the stable version and at the same time time they can support the team with the detection of errors and vulnerabilities that may be present.

With the release of this Fedora beta Beta versions of several editions have been released, among them the workstation with Gnome 46, the KDE version with the new Plasma 6 is also present and also those of the atomic editions.

News presented by the Fedora 40 beta

In Fedora 40 Beta, we can generally find in any of its editions, the new Linux kernel 6.8, LLVM 18, GCC 14, as well as that the wget utility has been replaced by wget2 and the iotop utility has been replaced by iotop-c.

Tux, the mascot of the Linux Kernel
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Another of the general changes that the Fedora 40 beta presents is the implementation of the second stage of the transition to the startup process modernized proposed by Lennart Pöttering. At this stage, the use of a Unified Kernel Image has been implemented instead of the locally generated initrd image when installing the kernel package, which marks a significant difference from classic boot.

At this stage also Added support for loading UKI directly from the UEFI shim.efi module, eliminating the need for a separate bootloader like grub or sd-boot. Additionally, UKI support has been implemented on systems with Aarch64 architecture and a version of the UKI image has been prepared for cloud environments and protected virtual machines.

Additionally, a ready-to-use package of PyTorch machine learning framework, available for installation with the command «dnf install pytorch«. Currently, the package includes components for CPU computing, but support for using GPUs and specialized NPU accelerators is planned to be added in future releases.

On the part of the Workstation edition the new Gnome 46 environment is presented, which brings with it important changes, especially in the file manager. Some of the notable features include the ability to perform global searches in any location and a new dynamic bar that shows all current file operations.

In addition to GNOME, Fedora 40 Beta also offers KDE Plasma 6 with Wayland as default session, completely removing support for the X11 session in this edition. However, X11 apps will still be supported and will work correctly. On the other hand, the other editions of Fedora 40 offer sessions in both X11 and Wayland, depending on compatibility with the desktop environment used.

Of the other changes that stand out:

  • Support for a wider variety of devices and components, including the Raspberry Pi 5 board processor.
  • Automatic detection of duplicate IP addresses on the network
  • Enabling IPv4 address conflict detection by default.
  • Using stable-ssid as the default mode to assign individual stable MAC addresses to Wi-Fi connections in NetworkManager.
  • Added Passim, a caching server that distributes frequently requested files across the local network without needing to communicate directly with core servers or involving global CDNs.
  • Fedora Silverblue and Kinoite editions, these editions include the bootupd program to update the boot loader.

finally if you are interested in knowing more about it, you can check the details In the following link.

Get the Fedora 40 beta

For those interested in trying the Fedora 40 beta, you can obtain the system image from the official website. The link is this.

Remember that it is never safe to use a pre-release version of a distribution on your main machine due to errors and possible data loss, so the recommendation is to only test the system in live mode or in a virtual machine.

It is worth mentioning that if everything goes well and no problems arise, the official launch of the new version of Fedora is expected to arrive according to the scheduled date, which will be April 16, 2024.


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