Fedora 29 is now available for all, coming almost 15 years since Fedora Core 1 was announced. Today’s release includes images for desktop, server, Atomic Host, Cloud, and ARM devices. Additionally, you can find spins with different desktop environments if GNOME isn’t your cup of tea. You can also download updated Labs releases which include software for specific tasks such as astronomy.
The Fedora Project said the most exciting thing about this release is that it’s the first to include Fedora Modularity. This feature lets users run different versions of packages without having to upgrade other system components. Giving an example, Matthew Miller, Fedora Project Leader, said:
“[Y]ou can choose Node.js version 8 or version 10, on either Fedora 28 or Fedora 29. Or you can choose between a version of Kubernetes which matches OpenShift Origin, and a module stream which follows the upstream.”
Another big change is that the default desktop release now ships with GNOME 3.30 which shipped at the start of September. In addition to this, the team updated and added plenty of new packages, including Linux 4.18, from the wider FOSS community.
If you’d like to update to the new version from an existing Fedora installation you can do so by heading to the updates tab in GNOME Software. You should see a message alerting you to the available upgrade. Alternatively, you can head on over to the Fedora website and download a fresh copy.