Announcing Fedora Linux 39 Beta

Cover image by Jackub Steiner

The Fedora Project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of Fedora Linux 39 Beta, the next step towards our planned Fedora Linux 39 release at the end of October.

Get the the prerelease of any of our editions from our project website:

Or, try one of our many different desktop variants (like KDE Plasma, Xfce, or Cinnamon) from Fedora Linux Spins.

You can also update an existing system to the beta using DNF system-upgrade.

Beta release highlights

In some ways, this release might seem notable largely for what isn’t here. We’d planned to update the DNF package manager to a new, speedier version.  We also hoped to showcase a long-awaited refresh to the user interface for Anaconda, our installation program. However, we decided these things just weren’t ready in time.

Don’t let this get you down, though — this is a healthy process at work. Years ago, we didn’t always have a good way to alter course once we’d accepted a change proposal. We often found ourselves in a situation where the only reasonable way forward was to forge ahead, even if we weren’t happy enough with the change for general users. Now, even though it’s somewhat disappointing, we’re recognizing that these big changes need more time to bake, and putting them back into the oven is a good thing.

I’ve got a kid that always wants to get 100% (or higher!) in every class. I keep telling her, “Really, you learn best when you’re right 80% of the time. Otherwise, you’re not getting enough of a challenge.” To keep up with Fedora’s commitment to innovation, we also need to take risks. If everything went according to plan, that would mean we’re not trying hard enough. At the same time, our process now allows us to take these risks while still making sure the Fedora Linux OS we ship for general use is of A+ quality.

We still plan to bring you these features in the near future, and if they’re of interest to you, please keep your eyes open for upcoming test announcements.

In the meantime, enjoy the many updates across all of Fedora Linux updates, ready for you to test in this new beta.

Notable updates

Fedora Workstation 39 Beta brings us GNOME 45 (itself also in beta). For everyone who needs a free and open source desktop suite, there’s LibreOffice 7.6.

Fedora Cloud images for AWS now default to less-expensive gp3 storage volumes.

We also have an update to the GNU Toolchain (gcc 13.2, binutils 2.40, glibc 2.38, gdb 13.2). Of course, developers appreciate that we include the latest tools, but these updates also include improvements to security and performance that will benefit everyone who uses Fedora Linux.

Testing needed

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 Quality team via the test mailing list or in the #quality channel on Fedora Chat. As testing progresses, common issues are tracked in the “Common Issues” category on Ask Fedora.

For tips on reporting a bug effectively, read how to file a bug.

What is the beta release?

A beta release is code-complete and bears a very strong resemblance to the final release. 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 Linux 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. Your feedback improves not only Fedora Linux, but the Linux ecosystem and free software as a whole.

More information

For more detailed information about what’s new on the Fedora Linux 39 Beta release, you can consult the Fedora Linux 39 Change set. It contains more technical information about the new packages and improvements shipped with this release.

Fedora Project community


  1. Phoenix

    » I’ve got a kid that always wants to get 100% (or higher!) in every class.
    » I keep telling her, “Really, you learn best when you’re right 80% of the time. Otherwise, you’re not getting enough of a challenge.”

    Besides: “There’s only one way to give 110%.” (quote: Bobblehead – Luck; Fallout 3)

    » To keep up with Fedora’s commitment to innovation, we also need to take risks. If everything went according to plan, that would mean we’re not trying hard enough.

    … or you are absolutely stunning in planning.


    That being said: I understand that certain users/admins will likely be dissuaded when “promised features” are suddenly held back, but personally I find this a sane decision. It is why I prefer and promote Fedora Linux over any other distributions. It is stable, yet ships out leading-edge package versions mostly on-par with their maintainers’ version.

  2. Emblaze

    Considering there has been quite a few changes at the people level, seeing LibreOffice 7.6 in particular still included sounds good to me.

    Keep it up with overall good work Fedora people!

    (Note to self: investigate on why on my Fedora 38 USB key and a friend running it off an SSD on a desktop we sometimes get the Force quite | Wait modal. Pointers welcomed)

  3. John Westervelt

    Is Steam fixed now. It was a mess in Fedora 38.

    • James

      What was messy about it?

    • SteamWIN

      Fedora 38 Silverblue here, Steam installed from non-free repo working flawlessly on ATI/AMD system. Flatpak version, bugged.

    • Gianni

      Working flawlessly from Flathub for me here. Playing Elden Ring on Proton. Who is your graphics card vendor?

  4. kparal

    The proper link for F39 Common Issues is this one:

  5. Darvond

    While I am slightly disappointed that the DNF5 isn’t quite ship shape yet, as I know development is never quite as easy as it looks to outsiders, it would have been so sweet to pull the upgrade with DNF5 and watch everything fly by.

    Also, it was a little frustrating to watch some of the lesser but still dependent on DNF utilities send this to a screeching halt. Such as DNFdragora doing a whole lot of nothing on their repository.

    And generally, I know that not everyone is on the same page in terms of skill or toolkit, but I would have thought this sort of thing would have been a General Quarters/All Hands sort of thing where anyone even remotely possible to assist would be called to arms; especially when #258 was called in January, and it looked like they mostly just spun their wheels about reinventing the wheel for seven months.

    When I think it would have been more prudent to ask from the approach of “How does Zypper implement upgradability”or “Does Synaptic/(YaST) fit the purpose of a system upgrade?”

    The system upgrade process is important enough that it should be completely agnostic of any desktop, rather than bending over backwards to kiss GNOME on the cheek. (Especially on the non-zero chance of GNOME pulling a Twitter/X/Unity.)

    If dnf5 system-upgrade were an invoker, I’d have it present as Athena Widgets/Wayland’s equal, for as little desktop reliance as possible; seeing as it is a critical process, and something going wrong is the last thing that needs to happen.

    1) “This will guide you though the System Upgrade Process. First it will automatically check for updates if possible, then download the system upgrade.”
    2) “This will upgrade [X] amount of packages, Downgrade [Y], and require [foo] amount of space. C)onfirm, A)bort or M)ore…” (With more displaying all the packages for inspection.)
    3) Confirm the fingerprints of the new RPM sources accordingly.
    4) “Downloading. Why not go stretch out and take a good drink of water while you wait?”
    5) “Download complete. C)ontinue, R)eboot D)elete …” With delete explaining it is the chicken exit and will prevent the upgrade from happening. Continue will drop the user back to normal operations (but mark the next startup/reboot for upgrade) and Reboot will proceed as the typical System Upgrade process does.

    • uh, what non zero Chance of GNOME trying to extract money from it’s community by changing it’s TOS mid cycle?

      • Darvond

        Less that, more “doing something so astoundingly offputting that most everyone thinks, “Right, that’s it, no more from you”.

  6. John Evans

    Installed on a mac 2013 27″ (I get stuck with a lot of old hardware, but I like big screens). It failed to recognize the old (proprietary? can’t find my notes on that) wifi, but it DID recognize an Edimax adapter I had lying around, so so far pretty good. Had tried the Edimax adapter on F38 a few days ago without luck.

  7. trlu

    what’s the linux kernel version in fedora 39 beta?

    • Darvond

      What does that mean? Do you mean the Kernel version?

    • It is my understanding the Fedora 39 beta will release with kernel 6.5

    • Stan

      There might be a better way to find the kernel version, but virtual machine enthusiasts will like this method: 🙂

      $ virt-drivers -a Fedora-Server-KVM-39_Beta-1.1.x86_64.qcow2 | grep -m1 -A1 kernel-core

  8. Filip Bartmann

    Hello I have trouble from GNOME rc1, beta works fine. When gdm starts as have errors as in file – I have Intel graphics card. Are there any workaround for this?


  9. tristhan

    Will we be able to upgrade offline using upcoming fedora 39 stable iso? I don’t have easy access to wifi. Thank you.

    • Probably not. An upgrade may require dependencies for third-party apps that won’t be available in the iso image. However, if you you don’t mind if any apps you may have installed or configuration changes you may have made are lost, then you should be able to reinstall the OS but keep your home directory without needing internet access. By keeping your home directory, all your documents, downloads, pictures, music, internet bookmarks, etc. will be kept as well as some of your settings customizations (per-user stuff like your custom wallpaper). A backup of your home directory before attempting the reinstall is still advised.

  10. Francois

    It’s me or the URL goes to fédora 38 ???

    • There is a “beta” switch that you’ll need to toggle to get to the beta downloads on the new Fedora Project site. That probably should have been explained in the article. Sorry for the confussion.

    • francois

      Ok it’s me, sorry 🙂 just on the download page activate show beta.

  11. Tomáš Glozar

    A nice addition from the Noto Sans Symbols 2 update in Fedora 39 is that you can now see the Bahá’í faith nine-pointed start: 🟙.

    I’m sure the Bahá’í users of Fedora are going to like that

  12. Fray

    The newly purchased HP Battle X 2023 AMD Ryzen version has no sound from the speakers after installing 38 (headphones have sound). After running the dnf upgrade, the headphones also have no sound, and there is also a problem with flatpak, which prevents the application from being installed. After uninstalling and reinstalling, it caused the app store to open and flash back. After checking countless information, I have no idea yet, and plan to reinstall it again.

    • is the best place to seek help with Fedora Linux. But there isn’t always an answer; especially with hardware-related problems. Some vendors work more closely with Fedora Linux than others.

      • Fray

        Thank you for your reply. After sending the above content, I reinstalled 38 and still had sound issues. With the intention of giving 39 a try, I installed the beta version of 39, and the results were really unexpected. The compatibility was excellent!!! I have never encountered a system with such high compatibility on my computer (I have already installed and tested debian12, ubuntu22.04, ubuntu23.04, popos22.04, mx23.)! I am currently using the 39beta version to write this exciting paragraph. Thank you very much for the gift from the Fedora team. Thank you again!

  13. Samson

    Great! Fedora 38 Jam, please fix the issue of its baloo_file_extractor taking (filling) all my RAM to index my files every time i reboot as if am writing new files once on every reboot, have it go easy on resources like any other Desktop environment (I get it , it’s a KDE Issue) but please fix it.

    • Stan

      Based on a web search for “baloo consumes memory”, it appears that Baloo has been problematic for at least four years.

      Some users recommend disabling Baloo:

      $ balooctl disable

      Personally, I just use “locate”, “find”, “grep -ir”, “whatis -w”, etc.

  14. Jonne

    Upgraded to F39 on my Lenovo T480 and seems to work well. Thank you for all the hard work! 🙂

  15. Hectyr

    I read somewhere that there are improvements to GNOME’s screen reader, but I can’t find any details. I noticed that trying to navigate through Quick Settings (by pressing Tab and the arrow keys) with Orca and the magnifier enabled caused the system to freeze. Also, when trying to Tab through Settings with Orca, the screen reader does not announce information in sync with the user pressing Tab. There is a delay, because Orca tries to finish what it was saying instead of moving on to the next item (as it should like in every other application).

  16. Stan

    The linked download page shows F38 downloads until you click the “Show Beta downloads” slider.

    The label is grayed out, so I didn’t notice it until I looked again a day later. It might be useful to point out the slider in the post.

  17. Daniel Suresh

    The Fedora 39 is pretty stable for a normal user. I had serious laptop heating issues and super slow bootup issues in F38 , when compared to other distros. Seems, that is not here in F39. I broke my system after installing F39 and upgrading through terminal. The system stuck at BOOTUP SCREEN, i had to reinstall using usb and upgrade through gnome-software, this time the update was suceessful without problem.

  18. Joachim Philipp

    Great work, as always! Very stable, no crashes so far.

  19. Michael

    > I’ve got a kid that always wants to get 100% (or higher!) in every class.
    > I keep telling her, “Really, you learn best when you’re right 80% of the time.
    > Otherwise, you’re not getting enough of a challenge.”

    My father, a high school Math teacher, used to toss out any exam where someone got 100% on it. His argument, usually to the kid with the 100%, was that because the test did not detect that person’s limits, the scores were inflated and the difference between the best student and the worse student was not being measured. Obviously, he scaled the scores at the end of the grading period, but it was a useful way to keep the smart kids engaged and insure those that struggled had their challenges identified so that they could be helped. Not sure 15yo bought that argument, but his students were very supportive of him and they learned a lot of Math from him.

  20. Tilmann Bubeck

    Are there any information available, if F39 works on Raspberry PI 5. What is working, what is missing…?

  21. Fedora 39 after update, this day all work fine

  22. Sven

    After updating to Fedora 39 every time the System gets locked it closes all open Programs.

  23. John

    Fedora 39 is really good. I use it with Gnome + Wayland.

    The top-left activities button has changed and now I understand it shows where you are if you have multiple workspaces, which is very clever, you can click it or scroll it, I only found out from the documentation, but really like the innovation.

  24. Jeffersonian

    Question : Is F39 going to support Wayland with either MATE, or XFCE at any time soon ?

    * Because: MATE and XFCE are the easiest, simplest fully functional desktop to use today.
    * Because if KDE is now superb, it is not yet as simple and snappy as the two above.
    * Because I really dislike GNOME wannabe Windows, sacrifying simplicity and functionality to eye candy, with not advantage.
    * Because on my machine (HP Elite Book Series w/Ryzen 5 Pro) the graphic quality is better with Wayland.


    • Stan

      A web search for “xfce wayland” found this at

      Xfce’s Wayland Roadmap Updated
      by Michael Larabel
      13 September 2023

  25. Niklas


  26. Fred Weigel

    Thank you, Fedora devs!
    Upgraded to Fedora 39 on Oct 8. Biggest problems:
    1 – new javascript needed for gnome shell means some missing extensions
    batterytime, CoverflowAltTab, draw-on-your-screen2, nasa_apod, printers and hidetopbar
    2 – chrome broke, needed to delete GPUcache, after which ok
    3 – InputMapper needed to be reinstalled from dnf
    Best stuff:
    1 – worked perfectly on my thinkpad t460 (with Xorg)
    2 – reliable as always

  27. estou de volta ufa como fica dificil gostar tanto do sistema Linux ,e gostar de usar todo sistema e toda tecnologia ,acabei de configurar nosso Fedora ,espero que ajudem e tenham calma ,pós amo todo sistema Linux e nosso fedora

  28. realmente estamos indo no caminho certo ,pós a tecnologia exige com muita certeza teremos logo um sistema no celular ,será que já temos ,pós no computador bombamos com nosso Fedora 39 muito obrigado

  29. Sven

    Has anyone noticed that this phenomenon occurs under Gnome45 and with a Lenovo T14s Gen 3, probably because of the AMD Ryzen? Is it perhaps not at all to Fedora but rather to Gnome?

  30. stefan


    so far so good work at all. But kodi is crashing during video database updates.

    I guess it will be fixed by the final version ;-).


  31. Fedora 39 looks really great, GNOME experience is cherry on the cake.

    The noticeable feature was the boot time, it booted almost instantly. Compared to all its previous version the booting time was really fast.

    Battery backup was not good right now, I think some optimization is needed here. Also GNOME crashes sometime when I try to logout or put laptop in sleep mode.

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