Fedora 32 beta arrives with Gnome 3.36, Kernel 5.6, Earlyoom and more

The developers behind the Fedora project are pleased to announce the release of the beta version of what will be the next stable version of Fedora 32 which is planned to be released at the end of the following month of April. With this, this beta version enters a freezing stage with which Inclusions or changes are no longer supported and it only focuses on bug detection and fixes.

This beta version of Fedora 32 this prepares for the Fedora Workstation, Fedora Server, Fedora Silverblue and Live bundles, delivered as twists with KDE Plasma 5, Xfce, MATE, Cinnamon, LXDE, and LXQt desktop environments, plus they come ready for x86_64, ARM (Raspberry Pi 2 and 3), ARM64 (AArch64), and Power architectures .

Fedora 32 beta highlights

One of the most important changes that stands out in this beta version of Fedora 32 is the inclusion of earlyoom, which is a background thread that periodically checks the amount of memory available (MemAvailable, SwapFree), this is intended to respond to an out-of-memory condition at an early stage.

Another novelty that accompanies this release is the inclusion of the new version of Gnome desktop environment 3.36 that offers several performance improvements. GNOME 3.36 adds a 'Do not disturb' button to notifications, improved settings for parental controls and virtualization and adjustments to the configuration, ability to rename the application folders in the applications view, in addition to further improving the complete interface, paying special attention to the pop-up calendar and the general search.

In addition to the structure includes additional raster fonts in the OpenType format for use in programs like gnome-terminal (after switching to HarfBuzz there were problems using old raster sources in gnome-terminal).

Fedora 32 Beta too enable the fs.trim timer by default, improving performance and wear leveling for solid state drives.

As for the heart of the system, the Linux kernel 5.6 which provides support for a greater amount of hardware and that also comes with the sSupport for WireGuard, USB4, NVIDIA RTX 2000 series support open source, AMD Pollock enablement, a lot of file / storage system work, multipath TCP bits are finally working mainline, the year 2038 work begins to wrap up for 32-bit systems, the new AMD TEE driver to take advantage the safe processor, the first signs of AMD Zen 3, better thermal and power reports AMD Zen / Zen2 under Linux and much more.

There are also various package updates, as the code compiler GCC 10, Glibc 2.31 and that during launch preparation, se finished the test of lthe quality of the assemblies of installation for optical media.

This does not mean that installing from optical media would stop working, only that the Fedora QE team would not need to test it before Fedora release. If any member of the Fedora QE team or community encountered any issues related to booting physical media, it would be treated like any other blocker bug. 

Another important change in this beta version of Fedora 32 is the removal of python 2 along with its dependencies and all those packages that depend on or include some dependency related to Python.

This gives rise to Python 3 and this beta version of the system introduces Python 3.8, firewalld standards for using nftables, changing the launch criteria in Fedora Arm, MariaDB 10.4 and much more.

Finally, if you want to know more about itYou can get more information about this version of the distribution by visiting the release notes. The link is this.

Download and test

If you want to try this version beta you can get the image from the following link.

If you already have Fedora 30 or 31 installed on your machine, you can upgrade to Beta (although it is not the recommended option, due to stability).

As for the stable version, we remind you again that it is planned for the end of next month.

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  1.   Noe johan said

    How do I upgrade from Fedora 31 to Fedora 32 beta?

    1.    Rodrigo said

      If I remember correctly, from the Gnome Software enable fedora testing and you skip the update.