The Fedora Project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Fedora 28 Beta, the next big step on our journey to the exciting Fedora 28 release in May.
Download the prerelease from our Get Fedora site:
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Beta Release Highlights
Modular Repository for Fedora Server
As discussed in Modularity is Dead, Long Live Modularity, we have taken a simpler approach to modules for F28. Instead of a separate modularized operating system, we’ve added a new Modular Repository alongside the traditional Everything Repository. With the Fedora Server Edition, the Modular repository will be immediately available. You will have access to a few modules today with more to come during the run-up to the F28 release.
You can enable Modularity in other Editions and variants of Fedora, but unfortunately, Modules are not yet available through GNOME Software or Plasma Discover. We are working on providing the necessary support to libdnf which these tools (and others) rely on. To use the Modular repo on a Fedora desktop platform, we recommend enabling it inside a container.
64-bit Arm now a primary architecture for Fedora Server
Fedora Server is now officially available for AAarch64, the 64-bit ARM platform.
Fedora 28 Workstation Beta further refines the desktop experience with the inclusion of GNOME 3.28, which adds the capability to favorite files, folders, and contacts for easier organization and access. Additional enhancements include Thunderbolt 3 connection support, active-by-default power saving features to improve laptop battery life, and more.
VirtualBox Guest Additions
We now include the Guest Additions for VirtualBox, which will make for a smoother experience and better performance for anyone using that virtualization environment.
New for Fedora 28 Atomic Host Beta is the inclusion of Kubernetes 1.9, which brings along a host of new innovative features for orchestrating container-native workloads.
A common set of base packages forms the core foundation of each Fedora edition, and as with new versions of the Fedora operating system, Fedora 28 Beta includes a host of minor bug fixes and tweaks to these packages. The changes to Fedora 28 Beta’s base packages are highlighted by the addition of glibc 2.27, the latest version of the GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) 8, and updates to many open source languages, including Golang 1.10 and Ruby 2.5.
What is the Beta Release?
A Beta release is code-complete and bears a very strong resemblance to the final release, expected in May. If you take the time to download and try out the Beta, you can check and make sure the things that are important to you are working. Every bug you find and report doesn’t just help you, it improves the experience of millions of Fedora users worldwide! Together, we can make Fedora rock-solid. We have a culture of coordinating new features and pushing fixes upstream as much as we can, and your feedback improves not only Fedora, but Linux and Free software as a whole.
Issues and Details
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 mailing list or in #fedora-qa on Freenode. As testing progresses, common issues are tracked on the Common F28 Bugs page.
For tips on reporting a bug effectively, read how to file a bug report.
For more detailed information about what’s new on Fedora 28 Beta Release, you can consult our Talking Points and the F28 Change Set. They contain more technical information about the new packages and improvements shipped with this release.
“active-by-default power saving features to improve laptop battery life”
Does this mean powertop or tlp are enabled by default now? That’d be nice as I always installed tlp right after installation.
No they are not and no longer needed. The improvements made it directly into the kernel. 🙂
From the horses mouth:
no this is feature in4.16 kernel
“Does this mean powertop or tlp are enabled by default now?”
They are not. Those are applications which modify variables afterwards. The power saving features mentioned here are pretuned variables and new features. You can read more about it here: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Changes/ImprovedLaptopBatteryLife
The reason that not more features are activated by default is because they could potentially cause issues or even data loss.
For other readers who are wondering what Thomas is talking about, the powertop utility can greatly increase battery life. To do it, simply open up a terminal and do the below:
sudo dnf install powertop && sudo systemctl enable powertop && sudo systemctl start powertop
How do you upgrade from 27 to 28 Beta?
Then choose releasever 28. Takes a while to go through, but also updates your RPM Fusion repositories to version 28!
Here’s the link to the directions to upgrade to the F28 beta from F27: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/DNF_system_upgrade
$ sudo dnf install dnf-plugin-system-upgrade
$ sudo dnf system-upgrade download –refresh –releasever=28
$ sudo dnf system-upgrade reboot
is possible run fedora on orange pi, rpi zero or other model armv6
I’m loving what I seeing so far! Thanks Fedora Project and contributors!
On Fedora 27, each time i tried to run a virtual machine through Gnome Boxes i was getting a SElinux blockade, and even if i was adding a policy according to SElinux Troubleshooter, the problem remained.
I hope with Fedora 28 those issues will be resolved. Till then i’ m sticking to Virtual Box.
Running F28 on a laptop for a few days now, and I have no problems so far. I don’t know why this is still in beta.
What about Atomic Workstation?
Waiting the final version to make a fresh install on my Laptop.
One thing, How can replace Polo File Manager insted Gnome Nautilus?. Please, any one explain how to do so?.
The enforced strong password was annoying for setting up a throwaway test installation in a virtual machine. Assuming that has not been changed since, you might consider either an “I know what I am doing”/”this installation is not valuable” tick-box or not enforcing it in virtual machines. Does it make sense to ping anyone about that?
Fedora 28 beta with AMD Athlon(tm) II X4 640 , Nvidia-Geforce 750 is super!
Compiling cuvid-and libnpp-accelerated ffmpeg: No problems, amazing performance.
Thanks for the Fedora-Developers