Upgrading to Fedora 26 + New Features

Fedora 26 painted trees background
Fedora 26 was released earlier this month and comes with a number of new features and updates, albeit the majority of these updates are going to be very subtle to most casual users. At one time, operating system releases came with great fanfare, touting new features and exciting technology.  These days, it’s as if we’re just too tech weary to really notice anymore and most of the time, all we really want is an operating system that works. Between radical changes in look and feel (Ubuntu‘s Unity anyone?) and a solid working operating system, I’ll take the latter any day.

Some of the features and upgrades you’ll find in Fedora 26 are:

GNOME version 3.24
Kernel 4.11
Fedora 26 ships with Python 3.6
DNF version 2.0
PHP version 7.1

Upgrading to Fedora 26 using DNF

If you’re comfortable upgrading Fedora from the command line using DNF, you can follow these simple steps. You can also upgrade to Fedora 26 simply by using the Package Updater from the System Tools menu. Otherwise, you can follow these 4 simple steps via your favorite terminal.

1 – Update Fedora System Packages
sudo dnf upgrade ‑‑refresh

2 – Install the DNF upgrade plugin
sudo dnf install dnf-plugin-system-upgrade

3 – Download the upgrade packages
sudo dnf system-upgrade download ‑‑releasever=26

4 – Launch the upgrade process
sudo dnf system-upgrade reboot

And that’s pretty much it. The upgrade process will take some time so you’re best to launch the upgrade at some point where you won’t need your machine for a few hours. The upgrade itself was flawless and threw no surprises our way, so it feels like the olden days of system-breaking upgrades may be behind us. Remember where an upgrade meant that you spent more time figuring out what went wrong as opposed to actually running an upgrade of your system? The nostalgia brings a tiny little tear to my eye. Not.

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