Announcing the release of Fedora 28

[This message comes directly from the desk of the Fedora Project Leader. Enjoy the Fedora 28 release. — Ed.] 

Hey everyone! It’s May, right around Mother’s Day in many countries, and that means it’s time for the next Fedora operating system release: Fedora 28 is here! Read more below…

You can just go straight to download from:

If you’re already using Fedora, you can upgrade from the command line or use GNOME Software for an easy graphical update — upgrade instructions here. We’ve put a lot of work into making upgrades simple and fast. In most cases, this will take half an hour or so, bringing you right back to a working system with no hassle. (Personally, I ran the commands on my main desktop right before bedtime last night, and came back to a perfectly working system when I woke up.)

What’s new in Fedora 28?

The headline feature for Fedora 28 Server is the inclusion of the new Modular repository. This lets you select between different versions of software like NodeJS or Django, so you can chose the stack you need for your software. Interested? Check out the documentation for using modules. Also of note: 64-bit ARM (Aarch64) is now a primary architecture for Fedora Server.

Fedora 28 Workstation has big news too. For the first time, we’re making it easy for users to enable certain third-party software sources, including proprietary Nvidia drivers. We’ve worked for a long time to figure out the right way to do this without compromising our ideals, and I think the opt-in approach we’re trying now does it well. Read more in the Magazine article on third-party repos, and also check out other F28 Workstation news.

Fedora Atomic Host adds one of my favorite features from my former life as a sysadmin: automatic updates. This is off by default — see the AutomaticUpdatePolicy option for rpm-ostree, and this blog post for more information. Fedora Atomic Host also includes Kubernetes 1.9 and the podman tool.

As always, there’s great new stuff across the whole distribution — read more in the release notes.

Many flavors of Fedora

Fedora Workstation is built on GNOME (now version 3.28). If you’re interested in other popular desktop environments like KDE, Xfce, Cinnamon, and more, check out Fedora Spins. Or, for versions of Fedora tailored to special use cases like Astronomy, Design, Security, Robotics, or teaching Python, see Fedora Labs. If you want a Fedora environment to build on in EC2, OpenStack, and other cloud environments, there’s the Fedora Cloud Base. Plus, we’ve got network installers, other architectures (like Power and 64-bit ARM), BitTorrent links, and more at Fedora Alternative Downloads. And, not to be forgotten: if you’re looking to put Fedora on a Raspberry Pi or other ARM device, get images from the Fedora ARM page.

Fedora makes a lot of different things, because we’re a project with many people with many different interests. If you don’t find exactly what you’re interested in, you can Join the Fedora Project and work with us to create it. Our mission is to build a platform which enables contributors and other developers to solve all kinds of user problems, on our foundations of Freedom, Friendship, Features, and First. If the problem you want to solve isn’t yet addressed, Fedora can help you fix that.

Thanks to the whole Fedora community!

Once again, this release marks the best one yet. It’s no surprise, because it’s the result of dedication, love, and many hours of hard work from thousands of Fedora contributors every year. Thank you so much to this amazing community for making this happen.

Oh, and one more thing… in the human world, even the best release ever can’t be perfect. There are always corner cases and late-breaking issues. Check out Common F28 Bugs if you run into something strange. If you find a problem, help us make things better. But mostly, enjoy Fedora 28!

— Matthew

Fedora Project community New in Fedora

37 Comments

  1. Jim

    Looks good!!

    FYI – The upgrade link is 404 (https://fedoramagazine.org/upgrading-fedora-27-to-fedora-28/)

  2. The GNOME release note points to GNOME 3.24 and not GNOME 3.28.
    The correct link should be: https://help.gnome.org/misc/release-notes/3.28/

  3. Willian

    Hi. First of all, congratulations for everyone involved in making Fedora Linux a better OS everyday. I use it and love it, but I’m involved in other projects, so I don’t contribute as much for the Fedora Project, but I try to follow the news at the very least.

    One question: I heard about the whole memory leak thing on GNOME recently. I asked on a group about this, and they said it was for Ubuntu users only. I’m not that sure about that. Anyway, is it fixed in Fedora 28?

    https://feaneron.com/2018/04/20/the-infamous-gnome-shell-memory-leak/

    Cheers!

    • Leslie Satenstein

      Last I heard, the cause of the memory leak was found and should be in Gnome 3.28.1
      After Gnome fanatics like my self prove out the fix, there was mention of a back-ported to 3.26

      • Willian

        I guess I’ll hold this update until they backport the fix then.

        Thanks Leslie!

  4. Allan Lewis

    When will the official Docker images be updated? i.e. when will

    latest

    point to

    28

    ?

  5. Todd Barker

    I with some amount of trepidation used the software sources that popped up and said fedora 28 was available. Downloaded and restarted computer and it worked amazingly well so far. Kudos to all the team behind this project. Ive been a loyal and faithful user since Core 1..
    ~fibster

  6. Dave Crossland

    Really sad to hear proprietary software is endorsed and encouraged by fedora.

    • Leslie Satenstein

      Nvidia stuff is proprietary. Also I believe that that is an example of where it occurs. Some codecs are likewise, without source, but may be licensed with non gpl2/3 clauses.

  7. snoop

    Did Fedora 28 solved memory leak issue in Gnome?

    • Bvd

      I think that error was only in Ubuntu distro.

      • eee

        this trouble will apears in javascript in gnome

  8. Andrew

    FYI: In addition to the new click to launch under EC2, Atomic Host is already available on Digital Ocean.

  9. wwr

    Is possible to run fedora on arm?
    Orange Pi Zero?

  10. Instalado Fedora 28 en mi laptop HP DV7 y me va genial!

  11. Ashu

    Fedora 28-cinnamon-X64 has serious scaling issues.
    Installed on ThinkPad X250 with FHD panel, either overall texts are smaller, menus text is smaller. If DPI SCALE is doubled then font and windows are vey bigger. DPI SCALE to Auto or Normal has no effect. If font scale is kept between 1.2-.15 then texts are larger but menus are smaller and unreadable.
    Freshly installed overwriting windows 10 Pro.

  12. It was a GNOME issue, not an Ubuntu issue. It was a problem for everyone shipping GNOME. 🙁

  13. Kububtu user

    Fedora is the best distributor

  14. Bobby Rong

    F28 -> Rolling release? 😄
    https://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=fedora

  15. Ali

    No trolling intended. But why does fedora endorsed Nvidia while every upgrade to latest kernel breaks it’s compatibility with Nvidia.

    • @Ali: No endorsement is implied or expressed. It is a specific kind of hardware that is known to be prevalent so thankfully a 3rd party driver vendor doesn’t ignore it. The kernel team can’t be responsible for this out of tree driver. Drivers in Linux are more or less tied to a kernel version and, if not maintained in lockstep, breakage is unavoidable and not something Fedora can avoid. The intent of a driver package vendor is therefore to build the driver in lockstep and offer it by the time a Fedora kernel goes stable. When they fail to do that, and the user upgrades their kernel anyway, breakage can occur. That’s why open source drivers like nouveau exist, even if they may not cover all features that users might want.

  16. James

    Amazing! Thank you for the fantastic release.

  17. The Upgrade Fedora Workstation 27 -> 28 was working like a charme. It took on HP Z600 Workstation from 8am till 3pm but at the end everything looked working.
    Actually it turned out that Chrome was repeatedly locking my GUI up.
    Afte removing google-chrome and reinstalling chrome as described here:
    https://www.if-not-true-then-false.com/2010/install-google-chrome-with-yum-on-fedora-red-hat-rhel/
    The issue is not there any more.

    • Well the issue with chrome is still there. I cant use it any more with slooh. It really hurts since i am not able any more to schedule any observation times. I still get stuck in chrome. The desktop GUI is still usable after i killed chrome.

    • Switched to Openbox. Now Google Chrome behaves better!

  18. Alain Courville

    Problem with the kernel when i transfer files from a usb hard drive to another usb hard drive after copying the computer freezes and i have to restart the computer with Fedora 28

    • rrr

      bad news ;(
      do You have more than 2 size usb data?

      check this
      $df -h

  19. rrr

    Anybody using Orange Pi and arm fedora?
    All working? HDMI, ethernet, sleep, and hardware encryption

                                   ?
  20. rrr

    dnf system-upgrade download –releasever=28

    Before you continue ensure that your system is fully upgraded by running “dnf –refresh upgrade”. Do you want to continue [y/N]: y
    Ostatnio sprawdzono ważność metadanych: 0:00:00 temu w dniu wto, 8 maj 2018, 15:14:01.
    Błąd:
    Problem: nss-pem-1.0.3-6.fc27.i686 has inferior architecture
    – nss-pem-1.0.3-6.fc27.x86_64 does not belong to a distupgrade repository
    – problem with installed package nss-pem-1.0.3-6.fc27.i686

  21. Thank you for this new release!

  22. Cool, Fedora is my first try to Linux.

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