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Today, the Fedora Project is pleased to announce Fedora Linux 37 Beta, the latest version of the free and open source Fedora Linux operating system. Fedora 37 Beta continues our community’s push to bring the latest and greatest fully open operating system innovations to our users, from the newest GNOME desktop environment to new Editions addressing specific technology use cases.

Desktop enhancements

Fedora 37 Beta includes GNOME 43, which adds a new device security panel in Settings for more granular user information about hardware and firmware updates and status. More GNOME apps have also been ported to the latest version of GTK Toolkit, which brings better general performance and a cleaner, more modern look to these commonly used apps.

New editions

The beta release also signals the promotion of two popular Fedora variants to official Editions. Editions are pre-configured to address specific user needs, like a developer workstation (Fedora Workstation, a Linux server (Fedora Server) or an Internet-of-Things (IoT) device (Fedora IoT). These specific flavors of Fedora are already tuned to meet the general needs of these uses; there’s no need for users to have to broadly adjust settings or add components (but they still can if they want to!).

With Fedora 37 Beta, we are adding Fedora CoreOS and (re)adding Fedora Cloud Base to these existing Editions. Fedora CoreOS provides a Linux operating system designed for containerized workloads, with the capability to automatically update and scale to meet the demands of these applications. 

Fedora Cloud Base might sound similar to the former Fedora Cloud - and it is! It’s a Fedora image tailored for creating general purpose virtual machines (VMs) across public and private (like OpenStack) clouds.

Other goodness

The Raspberry PI 4 is now officially supported with Fedora 37 Beta, while ARMv7 architecture support is deprecated. On the software security front, we’ve added a security policy that previews upcoming changes to the Fedora Project’s cryptographic capabilities as the community moves away from SHA-1 signatures.

Finally, there’s a slew of updated programming languages and binaries - Python 3.11, Perl 5.36, Golang 1.19 and much more!

What now?

Since this is a Beta release, we expect that you may encounter bugs or missing features. To report issues encountered during testing, contact the Fedora QA team via the test mailing list. You can also see the common issues that we’re tracking on the Common F37 Bugs page. If you find a bug or issue that you want to report, please read how to file a bug effectively.

To read the whole detailed overview of what’s new, updated and changed in Fedora Linux 37 Beta, check out the change set - and take Fedora Linux 37 Beta for a spin yourself!

 

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Matthew Miller is a Distinguished Engineer and the current Fedora Project Leader.

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