Fedora 36 now available, with GNOME 42 and Linux 5.17

Fedora 36

And after several preliminary versions of which the last one was the beta, a few moments ago it has become official the launch of Fedora 36. It comes with important news, but without a doubt there are two that stand out above the rest. The first is that it uses GNOME 42, which is not surprising since, unlike others, this project always uses the latest version of GNOME. The other point where it stands out is the core.

Fedora 36 uses the latest version of the Linux kernel, currently Linux 5.17. Therefore, and although we know that comparisons are odious, the kernel of the 36th version of Fedora is two versions newer than Ubuntu. It is true that what Canonical released a little less than three weeks ago was an LTS version, and for these types of releases they usually stick to a Long Term Support version of the kernel.

Fedora 36 Highlights

  • GNOME 42. Among the rest of the desktops we have Plasma 5.24 LTS, Xfce 1.16, LXQt 1.0, Cinnamon 5.2 and MATE 1.26.
  • Linux 5.17.
  • Full support for GTK4 applications is promised.
  • Wayland by default for GNOME users with NVIDIA hardware, something Ubuntu also promised but eventually backed off on NVIDIA's recommendation.
  • Noto Fonts is the new default font.
  • Default administrator permissions in the Anaconda installer.
  • The RPM databases are now in /var (previously they were in /usr).
  • Support for OCI/Docker containers in the rpm-ostree stack, which improves updates.
  • New core packages, such as:
    • GCC 12.
    • GNU C 2.35.
    • LLVM 14.
    • Open SSL 3.0.
    • Autoconf 2.71.
    • Ruby 3.1.
    • Rubygem Cucumber 7.1.0.
    • Ruby on Rails 7.0.
    • Golang 1.18.
    • Open JDK 17.
    • libfi 3.4.
    • OpenLDAP 2.6.1.
    • ansible 5.
    • Django 4.0.
    • PHP 8.1.
    • PostgreSQL 14.
    • Podman 4.0.
    • TML 7.4.
    • stratis 3.0.0
  • More information in notes from this release.

For new installations, the Fedora 36 ISO images can be downloaded en this link. It can also be installed from the same operating system with the software center of the official version or any of its "spins".

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