Fedora 29 – New Features

It’s that time of year when a new version of Fedora is released and as of October 30, it’s Fedora 29 that has been made available to the general public.  Along some tweaks and features, there was also some very big news swirling around the Fedora community, mainly because Red Hat has accepted an offer from IBM to purchase them for 34 billion dollars. Yes. 34 billion. It’s a large number that’s really hard to fathom but to put that number in perspective, 34 billion dollars is about the equivalent of Turkmenistan’s GDP, or approximately 2 Elon Musks. Or like, half a Zuckerberg.

Anyway, it’s all still speculation at this point in time as to the future of the Fedora project so in the meantime, we have just a few new features to discuss regarding Fedora 29 so we’ll keep this brief.

GNOME 3.30

Ever evolving, Fedora 29 boasts GNOME 3.30 as the default desktop environment. Mainly, GNOME 3.30 has been optimized to provide better performance and memory management overall. Other features in GNOME 3.30:

Thunderbolt support
Improvements in Airplane Mode
RDP (Remote Desktop) support. Yes, you can now connect to Windows machines using RDP from a Linux box.

Automatic updates

Automatic updates are now supported in GNOME 3.30 via Flatpak in Fedora 29. Flatpak is a package management utility for distributing desktop applications on Linux.

And that’s it for now, until the next update. Enjoy.

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