Fedora 29 Workstation installation and a first look


Yesterday we announced her official mood of the Fedora 29 distribution. I've been waiting for it for quite some time, and more specifically, since the feature modularity was announced, as well as the automatic updates with the addition of Flatpak.Fedora 29 Workstation

So, I passed the ISO to a USB, and I installed the new OS. I made a clean installation, formatting the partition of Fedora 28, because I wanted to see how the installer behaves.

Tip: To upgrade from Fedora 28, you will have to wait for the system to inform you that an upgrade is available.

If it does not appear, open the Software (Gnome) application and let the system update its packages. In the end, it will normally show you the upgrade. Click Install to begin the conversion to Fedora 29. When the download is complete you will see a Restart & Install. Restart your system and wait for the installation to complete.

In case you want to upgrade with terminal commands, type one of the following commands:

sudo dnf upgrade --refresh
sudo dnf install dnf-plugin-system-upgrade
sudo dnf system-upgrade download -releasever = 29

However with Fresh Install the process was much more enjoyable and quite short. The installation of the software that contained the Live DVD did not take more than 5 minutes, while the bootloader installation took longer than 5. Installing bootlader on my computer is a problem and usually takes an incredible amount of time, as the disk contains 6 different distributions and a Windows 10 installation (not to mention biased).

After the first surprise, we went directly to the second, as the installer gave no choice to add another user.

After the reboot, there was a Gnome window that allowed me to connect as a root or create a new user.
Surprises, however, did not stop coming. This version is the first to feature Fedora Modularity. Modularity allows us to transfer different package versions to Fedora that we have installed.

This means that we no longer need to think about OS upgrading just to be able to upgrade some packages. For example, you can select Node.js in 8 or 10, whether you are Fedora 28 or Fedora 29. Or you can choose between a version of Kubernetes that matches OpenShift Origin.

Fedora 29 comes with GNOME Shell 3.30.1 in Wayland, Linux 4.18 kernel, GCC 8.2.1 compiler, and X.Org Server in 1.20.1 version. After installation I updated the system and passed KDE Plasma as desktop environment.

Details can be found in the following picture:

Let me say that the system so far behaved perfectly, but I would like to see it at least a week before I give a point of view. The distribution in this version, although intended more for developers, can be used without problems by novice users as well.

Download Fedora 29 Workstation

64-bit 1.8 GB ISO

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