Fedora 31 now available, with GNOME 3.34 and no 32-bit version

Fedora 31

The moment that announced at the beginning of this month has already arrived: Fedora 31 has been officially released. Although it includes many new features, the most striking is an absence or a goodbye: it is the first version to abandon the 32-bit architecture, so, as they say in the release note, who are "if you're using a 686-bit only i32 system, it's time to find an alternative«.

Fedora 31 has arrived six months after Fedora 30, an operating system that, among other things, introduced GNOME 3.32, which was the most up-to-date of the moment. In this release they have included GNOME 3.34, a major update to the graphical environment that greatly improves the speed of previous versions. Another of the updated components is the kernel, which in this version has become Linux 5.3. Below you have the list of the most outstanding novelties that arrive with Fedora 31.

Fedora 31 Highlights

  • Linux 5.3.
  • GNOME 3.34.
  • Table 9.2.
  • GCC 9.2.1.
  • glibc 2.30.
  • NodeJS 12.
  • RPM 4.15.
  • Golang 1.13.
  • Pearl 5.30.
  • Unusable Python 2 packages have been removed. They have moved to Python 3.
  • Root password logins with SSH have been disabled by default.
  • CgroupsV2 is now used by default.
  • Many other packages have been updated.
  • Stability and performance improvements.
  • In Fedora Workstation 31, Qt Wayland is enabled by default in GNOME and Firefox Wayland is also enabled by default.

Although GNOME is the most popular graphical environment in Fedora (and not only in Fedora), this famous Linux distribution is also available with graphical environments XFCE, Plasma, LXQT, MATE, Cinnamon, LXDE and SOAS, all of them from the Spins section of the distribution.

Upgrading to Fedora 31 from Fedora 30 is as simple as clicking the update available notification (or running the Software application) and go to the updates section from which all the necessary files will be downloaded, the new version will be installed and the computer will automatically restart to enter the new version, as explained in the Official guide.

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