Upcoming features in Fedora 31 Workstation

The Fedora Workstation edition is a fabulous operating system that includes everything a developer needs. But it’s also a perfect solution for anyone who wants to be productive online with their desktop or laptop computer. It features a sleek interface and an enormous catalog of ready-to-install software. Recently, Christian Schaller shared information about what’s coming in the Workstation for Fedora 31.

Fedora 31 is currently scheduled for release in late October 2019. With it, as usual, will come an assortment of new and refreshed free and open source software. This includes the GNOME desktop which is planned to be updated to the latest 3.34.

Under the hood of the desktop, many intrepid open source developers have been toiling away. They’ve been working on things like:

  • The Wayland desktop compositor
  • Working with NVidia to provide better driver support
  • PipeWire, for better audio and video handling
  • Expanded Flatpak support and features
  • A container toolbox
  • …and much more!

Long-time and keen readers of the Magazine probably know that Christian is deeply involved in the Workstation effort. He heads up the desktop engineering groups at Red Hat. But he’s also involved heavily in the community Workstation Working Group, which guides these efforts as well. As an experienced developer himself, he brings his expertise to the open source community every day to build a better desktop.

For all the details, check out Christian’s detailed and informative blog post on Fedora 31 Workstation. And stay tuned to the Magazine for more about the upcoming release in the next few months!

Fedora Project community


  1. André Pires

    Hey! Thank for all this information. Can you provide more information about the container toolbox?


  2. Mehdi

    I am curious about Pipewire. Is it a Fedora or Redhat-sponsored project?

  3. Raphael Groner

    What about Xfce 4.14? There’s already 4.14 pre1 in rawhide.

  4. Leslie Satenstein

    Fedora grub needs some beautification. The typewriter start text on black background is “ecchh”.
    Compare it to the grub menu provided by SUSE’s Tumbleweed. The latter makes their Linux professional looking and inviting.
    The keyword here is professional looking

  5. gbg

    Working with NVidia to provide better driver support.

    Like this.

  6. Frederik

    “Working with NVidia to provide better driver support”. What does that entail?

  7. jesse

    Any plans to improve the functionality of laptops with active pens, such as the L380 Thinkpads?

    In Gnome, when you attempt to select an application from the dashboard using the pen, it thinks you are trying to move the icon. When you activate the Window List panel in Gnome tweaks; if you try to select an opened app using the pen, it does not respond.

    Plasma has its own problems with it too. It would be nice if one of the main desktops would work with on making the best use of the active pens.


  8. Scott M. Allen

    I’ve personally never liked the boot up screen. It just shows all the old kernal versions. For most of us – this is nothing we’ll ever explore. Its really power user level. And I agree with other comments – SUSE just looks really polished. – My only beef with OpenSUSE – is that the updates – more often than not ( break the system) – too often for my liking.

  9. Bryan

    All of the GRUB prettifying comments miss the mark. Forget GRUB, what Fedora really needs to do is move to systemd-boot. We’re stuck in the past.

  10. Bill Chatfield

    Great info. Thanks so much for sharing it!

  11. Abhin Acharya

    I think you need to improve the boot performance and application launching performance need to be improved in gnome DE. As fedora is slower than other linux os (eg. Kali linux and other ) even with ssd application launching time is slower than other linux os without ssd. I’ve personally tested it and experienced it daily. A little bit performance need to be increased but we dont matter much on battery life.

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