Fedora 28 now generally available; brings users more choice and control through modular repository

The Fedora Project, a Red Hat sponsored and community-driven open source collaboration, announced this week general availability of Fedora 28, the latest version of the fully open source Fedora operating system. Fedora 28 delivers three distinct editions each designed with specific use cases in mind – Fedora 28 Server, Fedora 28 Workstation and Fedora 28 Atomic Host.

All editions of Fedora 28 are built from a common set of base packages and, as with all new Fedora releases, the packages feature numerous bug fixes and performance tweaks as well as new and enhanced additions. The Fedora 28 base package includes updated compilers and languages including the latest version of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) 8, Golang 1.10 and Ruby 2.5.

New in Fedora 28 is a modular repository, which will provide software and updates with alternative versions from those that come with the default release, enabling users to update specific components at the speed that meets their needs. Additionally, all Fedora 28 editions have also seen improvements to Virtualbox guest support, designed to simplify the user experience in running Fedora 28 as a Virtualbox guest on other operating systems.

“The Fedora Project’s mission is to bring leading-edge innovation to our users, and Fedora 28 offers that through the addition of some of the latest open source technologies including GNOME 3.28 and Kubernetes 1.9,” said Matthew Miller, Fedora Project Leader. “Additionally, with the introduction of the new modular repository, Fedora 28 users are provided with more control over their environments through the ability to choose the right speed for various updates based on their unique needs.”

The Fedora Server edition comes with the Modularity initiative. Modularity helps make it easier to include alternative versions of software and updates than those shipped with the default release. This is an important component for programming stacks and database instances, giving administrators more choices in what software versions they are able to deploy and support.

Additionally, Fedora 28 Server now includes support for 64-bit ARM as a primary architecture, providing an additional operating system option for systems administrators looking to use emerging hardware technologies.

The latest version of Fedora’s desktop-focused edition provides new tools and features for general users as well as developers with the inclusion of GNOME 3.28. GNOME 3.28 adds the capability to favorite files, folders, and contacts for easier organization and access.

Additionally, the new application Usage is included to help users more easily diagnose and resolve performance and capacity issues. Fedora Workstation 28 also introduces GNOME Photos as the default photo management application, providing a more simple application for viewing, browsing and organizing photos.

Additional enhancements include Thunderbolt 3 connection support, active-by-default power saving features to improve laptop battery life, improved emoji support, and more.

Fedora Atomic Host continues to be designed to provide a minimal footprint operating platform, making it a well-suited option for running containerized workloads across various footprints, including the public cloud. Available on a two-week refresh schedule, Fedora Atomic Host includes a base image for creating virtual machines, an Atomic Host image for creating container deployment hosts, and base container images to leverage as a starting point for Fedora-based containerized applications. New for Fedora 28 Atomic Host is the inclusion of Kubernetes 1.9, which brings along a host of new innovative features for orchestrating container-native workloads.


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