Cut-edge Linux distribution Fedora, just released a beta version of Fedora 29. Many are thinking that a cutting-edge distribution like Fedora can be used as desktop, but it is available in three different versions:
Fedora Server, Fedora Workstation and Fedora Atomic Host (a container platform).
The Fedora Linux project is the Red Hat open source. Fedora is essentially a Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) testing distribution. So that you see today at Fedora you will see it tomorrow at RHEL.
As usual, distribution has been updated with minor bug fixes and package modifications. Fedora 29 will run with the Linux 4.19 kernel that has not yet been released. Updated programs include: Python 3.7, Perl 5.28. glibc 2,28, Golang 1,11, and MySQL 8.
Fedora Workstation comes with GNOME 3.30 as the default desktop. GNOME 3.30 is considered to be performing better than previous versions. It also features a new Podcasts app and automatically updates Flatpaks, Container Red Hat applications, from the Software Center.
The new one in this release is "modularity" for all versions of Fedora 29. With modularity, you can run multiple versions of the same program with contextual installation. So you can test beta applications in a container, and in what you use for your tasks to run stable versions.
According to Matthew Miller, the head of the Fedora project:
Software life cycles are a major challenge for managing modern systems. Some apps need to be updated quickly so you can have the latest features while others require a slower update cycle to increase stability. With the approach of this distribution to adaptability to all versions of Fedora, users can access improved flexibility in too many instances of use in current and future versions of Fedora.
Historically, Fedora is very popular with developers. Linus Torvalds uses it to develop Linux. So modularity will make Fedora much more useful to developers.
Want to try distribution? Fedora 29 Beta is available for download, but you need to be ready to find bugs...
Download the ISO you are interested in.