What’s new in Fedora Workstation 35

Fedora Workstation 35 is the latest release of the Fedora Project’s free desktop operating system. It includes some new features and many tune-ups to the user experience. You can get Fedora Workstation 35 now from the official website, or upgrade your existing install using GNOME Software or through the terminal with dnf system-upgrade. This article describes some of the major improvements included in Fedora Workstation 35.


The latest version of the GNOME desktop environment appears in Fedora Workstation 35. Under the hood, GNOME 41 improves the efficiency of the default Wayland session, the reliability of touchpad gestures, a new GL renderer for GTK 4 apps enhances graphical performance, and more. Check out the GNOME 41 release notes for more details. Some noticeable user-facing features include the following:

Support for power modes

Power modes debuted in GNOME 40 earlier this year, and are available in Fedora Workstation 34 by installing power-profiles-daemon. Now, Fedora Workstation 35 improves power modes and they are active by default.

You can choose between “Balanced” – the standard power mode – and “Power Saver”, which will use less energy at the cost of some performance. Supported hardware can also enable the “Performance” mode, which boosts your computer’s performance (and therefore uses more energy).

You can change the power mode in the Settings app

You can change the power mode from the system status menu in the top bar, or in the Power section of the Settings app. Portable devices, by default, have their power mode automatically switched to Power Saver when the battery runs low.

Redesigned Software app

GNOME 41 includes a revamped Software app, featuring under-the-hood improvements and a modern, clean user interface. It is now easier to find apps with the updated Explore page and app categories. App details pages now emphasize screenshots and information about the app.

GNOME Software features a new visual design

New Connections app

GNOME 41 introduces the Connections app which facilitates remote desktop connections over VNC and RDP. This functionality was part of the Boxes app in previous releases.

The Connections Tour

Parental controls

Fedora Workstation 35 now implements GNOME’s Parental Controls functionality. This allows you to block a standard user from using web browsers and other applications you do not want them to use, and from installing applications. Parental Controls are accessible from the Users panel in Settings.

Parental Controls setup

More improvements in GNOME 41

  • GNOME 41 now includes a Multitasking panel in Settings, which includes common settings for app switching and workspaces.
  • If your computer has access to a cellular network modem, the Settings app will show a new Mobile Network panel to make configuring your cellular settings even easier.
  • The Files app can now create encrypted (password-protected) .zip files.
  • You can import events from .ics files in Calendar.
  • Window resizing in Calculator now shows different controls depending on the window size.

PipeWire, Wayland on Nvidia, and libinput improvements

  • PipeWire is a unified audio and video server that first appeared in Fedora Workstation 34. It continues to mature and now includes improved Bluetooth handling, support for pass-through of S/PDIF signals over optical and HDMI connections, and several bug fixes thanks to the community.
  • PipeWire Media Session is replaced by WirePlumber. This is a more advanced session manager with support for plugins and scripting with Lua.
  • Nvidia’s proprietary driver now includes massively enhanced support for Wayland thanks to tight collaboration between the Fedora, Red Hat, and Nvidia teams.
  • libinput includes support for high-resolution scrolling with mouse wheels. Check out this blog post for more technical information.

Changes to third-party software repositories

Third-party repositories can be enabled after installation

A set of applications from Flathub is now included in the third-party repositories if you enable them after you install Fedora Workstation 35. These are provided by a Flathub remote curated by Fedora Project contributors. The current list is here. So far, it includes Bitwarden, Discord, Postman, Microsoft Teams, Minecraft, Skype, and Zoom. This list will be expanded in the future.

As always, you can follow Flatpak’s simple guide to add the full Flathub repository and gain access to all of the applications hosted by Flathub.

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  • New games are packaged for Fedora Linux 35, including Inertia Blast – a clone of the 1986 video game Thrust; Anagramarama – a word game where you make as many anagrams as possible of a given word; and Alchemy Quest – an updated fork of OpenAlchemist, a Tetris-esque game.
  • A new edition of Fedora Linux is now available called Fedora Kinoite! This version is based on Fedora Silverblue’s underlying technologies (OSTree et. al.) and includes the KDE Plasma desktop instead of GNOME.
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  1. Anonino

    Great, but installing NVIDIA drivers was still a nightmare.

    • Sorry about that. The desktop team is in communication with Nvidia and I do think this is going to continue to improve. It’s certainly gotten better from where it was several years ago. A lot of what’s needed next is on Nvidia’s side though, so please, as a customer of theirs, talk to them too.

      • Cornel

        Does anyone know if Nvidia is going to backport the GBM work to legacy drivers 470xx?

        Unfortunately, my 650ti got deprecated in 470xx. But 470xx is still partially supporting Wayland. And still a lot of bugs crashes with Chrome.

        If not, I guess it is time to move on! 🙂

      • Anonino

        That’s a good point, I will attempt to get some feedback to them on this subject, thanks.

      • Tim Bosse

        Upgrade process was not clear either for the drivers. It required removing then reinstalling akmod-nvidia and xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-cuda packages.

      • JohnWest

        Can we make it easier to switch between Nouveau and Nvidia? Do we really need to blacklist nouveau and add bits to grub.cfg? No one wants to go to a CLI screen on reboots between upgrades. We can do better! Are those NVidia to-do’s?

    • Mike

      NVIDIA is always a nightmare and will always be a nightmare unless they open source their drivers.

      I simply refuse to have NVIDIA in any of my machines. It can be annoying, but we really shouldn’t support companies like that.

      • Mike!
        I understand and how to avoid the use of cuda, cudnn, nvenc?
        (HandBrake, Waifu2x, Video2x, Blender … )

      • Alex

        Sorry, that’s not an option to CUDA users.

      • Vladimir

        I agree with you, and I’ll never but an Nvidia card for my desktop…

        Sadly, if you have a laptop that is not an option. And finding a laptop with a discrete Radeon GPU is as hard as finding a dog with natural green fur. Even for those “Linux only” laptops (which not only ship with inadequate GPUS for Linux, but usually with inadequate 6 row keyboards with Function and media keys mixed together and no scroll lock, etc.).

    • Ven

      Can you share how exactly I need to install drivers to use Wayland, I tried installing NVIDIA Linux Graphics Driver 495 version from the Software app. But for some reason, Fedora still uses x11 and not Wayland. Thanks.

    • Quan

      Nvidia driver is absolutely fine and easy to install for me. Just enable rpmfusion repo, and run 1 single command then you are done. Why it is nightmare?
      If your system is not ready for Nvidia on wayland, use X11.

    • Carlos

      You can add flatpak and install nvidia drivers easier

  2. Łukasz Piekarski

    Wow, Fedora Kinoite. I’m using KDE Spin as my daily driver, so I think I will take a closer look to this edition. Great work! Thanks!

  3. jayfree

    Nvidia will continue to be a nightmare for most, as long as people fail to distinguish between optimus and non-optimus hardware.

  4. Luke

    Upgrading as I’m writing this. Last week was a long one but it’s finally here. Thank you all for an amazing distribution!

  5. Again a strong release, again here to enjoy a nice work. 33 and 34 have been a great ride too, it seems 35 continues that tradition of quality. Thanks!

  6. Jeff

    It amazes me that for what is arguably the best video card line for linux (nvidia) we still see so much negativity.
    I have never seen issues in using the nvidia drivers in any way except the tainted kernel and necessity to disable secure boot to allow the unsigned module to be loaded.
    While it is true the driver is proprietary, nvidia freely makes it available for linux users and it works extremely well.

    Suck it up people and enjoy what is given to you instead of whining about a (mostly) non-issue. Almost every ‘problem’ I have seen reported with nvidia has been due to errors in installing the drivers and easily fixed. That is still true with the fedora 35 release to date.

    • FeRDNYC


      “While it is true the driver is proprietary, nvidia freely makes it available for linux users”

      Since you clearly don’t mean free-as-in-speech, you must be saying they make it available free-as-in-beer. Which is crap, since it’s a hardware driver for their primary product: the GPUs they charge (in some cases) many hundreds or even thousands of dollars for. The price of those “free” drivers is very much baked into that cost, trust me. Linux users are doing Nvidia a favor by buying and using their GPUs (doubly so when it means putting up with their closed-source, proprietary drivers) far more than Nvidia are doing Linux users any favors by oh-so-magnanimously permitting us to do so.

      It’s not as if even Nvidia themselves would claim their current Linux binary driver distributions are feature-complete and problem-free. They’re well aware of the limitations. And there are plenty of them — including some rather severe ones. Issues with Wayland, with initial video coming out of boot (both cold and warm), with hybrid laptops, with various types of power management and cooling, with bus suspensions and device resetting…

      Don’t confuse a company’s business decision not to invest the resources necessary to address problems (due to expectations of low returns on that investment) with a position that no such problems exist. And never give in to the idea that shouting down discussions of problems or urging people to suffer them in silence counts as “positivity”.

  7. Upgrade it from beta to full.. using it from 28.. upadate – upgrade.. never had a problem! Thx fedora team, all my offices ar on fedora!

  8. oldsalt_3

    file /usr/share/proj/proj.db conflicts between attempted installs of proj-8.1.1-1.fc35.i686 and proj-8.1.1-1.fc35.x86_64

  9. Rantervate

    Sounds like a very GNOME heavy release.

    I do wish Red Hat would put a little bit more money/time/care towards contributing to KDE Plasma. I really like how (generally) stable Fedora is, and its Plasma spin is generally quite good, but it does seem like people over here in my “hat-related-friends” community (e.g., Red Hat, Fedora) have a very GNOME-centric viewpoint.

    • Fedora Workstation is GNOME-centric because it’s the version of Fedora Linux that ships the GNOME desktop. Fedora Linux on the whole is not GNOME-centric; check out the Fedora KDE Spin, or Fedora Kinoite which is a brand new edition in the Fedora Linux 35 release cycle.

  10. Ghost In The Shell

    Tech savvy question. Why Microsoft Windows CMD DISKPART CLEAN ALL command is faster than Gnome Disks Utility Erase (Slow) It’s an hour long. Thank you for your time and effort to digital reply. Also I want to thanks to Fedora Linux Team, Gnome Team and ALL of Great contributors who are irreplaceable.

    • FeRDNYC

      @Ghost In The Shell

      If I had to guess, I’d say that DISKPART is likely using a secure-erase drive command (when supported by the firmware) to trigger a low-level zeroing of the disk contents. Whereas GNOME Disks is likely just writing blocks of zero bytes to the disk “by hand”, and is therefore constrained by the write speed of the disk.

      That’s a guess, without having looked at the GNOME Disks code (and obviously not having access to the DISKPART code), but if the speeds are very different it seems a pretty likely explanation. I know that many drives DO have a secure-erase firmware command.

      • bear

        most likely diskpart is actually only deleting the partition, not the actual data on the drive.

    • FeRDNYC

      If GNOME Disks IS using high-level zero writes to the disk, note that this tends to be a particularly bad way of erasing SSDs due to their wear-leveling features. Writing data to a particular block of an SSD doesn’t guarantee that the data that was previously stored in that block will be overwritten.

      Assuming the moderators approve this comment despite the external link, a stackoverflow answer I wrote offers some detail on


      and why it’s better suited to securely erasing SSDs: https://unix.stackexchange.com/a/593488/42315

    • Google’ing “is diskpart clean all recoverable” suggests that that command does not do a secure erase where the data is actually overwritten/destroyed. It is just removing the partitions. The equivalent in Linux would be something like the following:

      $ sudo sgdisk --zap-all /dev/sdz
      • FeRDNYC

        Mmm, the interactive help does say (emphasis mine), “ALL Specifies that each and every byte\sector on the disk is set to zero, which completely deletes all data contained on the disk.” I suppose that is technically different from saying every byte is overwritten with zeroes, though it’s still pretty egregiously misleading if that’s the case.

  11. Biplab Dutta

    While updating to Fedora 35 from 34, I get this error message saying –

    Unable to upgrade to Fedora Linux 35:
    Error running transaction: package pgdg-fedora-repo-42.0-20.noarch is already installed

    • It doesn’t look like Postgres has packages for Fedora Linux 35 yet. Maybe try adding the following to your dnf update command?


      (untested) YMMV.

  12. Rafik Mechria

    This is does not look a good reasons to upgrade, maybe i ll upgrade to the fedora version 36

  13. Robert

    Fedora35 breaks my VirtualBox – I get kernel driver not installed (rc=-1908) when starting VMs.
    I have to use a kernel from f34 to be able to run VMs.

    Anyone else having this issue ?

  14. jhmj

    Did the update (upGraDe?) via Gnome-Software on my X1G7. Everything works! You’ve made it faster, better, … 🙂 Thank you all @ Fedora.

  15. Yaroslav

    What about realtek wlan drivers? Still no support for 8852ae?

  16. I had a lot of problems with NVIDIA drivers…

  17. Kernel 5.14 has a problem with SUSPEND on F34 (reported on bugzilla: CPU correctly restarts but video does not resume), so most times I have to stick to F33 (lower kernel versions are not affected). Has it been solved in F35 or does it still hang on?

  18. The Slim Cloud

    please add function for hybrid graphics

  19. Kim Kostyna

    I have 2 speakers plugged into a single jack at the back of my computer which worked in ever other computer instance automatically that now does not work. What’s up with that! AND there used to be a software that listed all possible connection. What ever happened to it. I can’t seem to find.

    • FeRDNYC

      @ Kim

      At the risk of offending Douglas Adams’ estate, my first recommendation is simple: Don’t Panic™. Most likely your lack of sound just comes down to a port-switching issue.

      Some of the same (higher-level) PulseAudio tools that worked before can still be used with PipeWire. For graphical configuration (and more functionality than any shell command, TBH) I highly recommend installing the pavucontrol package. (Which installs as “PulseAudio Volume Control”, in the applications list.) It has a Configuration tab that presents the only really good interface to viewing/switching all of the various port options — enabled, disabled, selected, etc. — for each device. GNOME Control Center’s Sound panel is useless for port-level switching, as you’ve no doubt noticed.

      On the command line, the old PulseAudio tools like pactl and pacmd no longer work directly, but they’re replaced with new pw-* commands like pw-cli (an interactive shell), pw-dump (outputs JSON configuration), etc.

      But PulseAudio Volume Control will probably let you sort this out quickest and easiest.

      • John Grassi

        Like @Kim: I also had no audio after upgrading to Fedora Workstation 35. After issuing “sudo dnf update” this morning (with reboot), I now have good sound.

      • Kim Kostyna

        Thank you for your suggestion Has helped. I had another I have an asus Processor AMD Phenom(tm) II X2 555 Processor, 3200 Mhz, 2 Core(s)2 Logical Processor(s),
        BaseBoard Product M4A88T-V EVO/USB3
        With a hp w2207h Monitor built in speakers
        I am not able to get them working properly (speakers that is). I can get them working but in slow motion. (Video and Audio) Any Suggetions.

  20. Lorenzo Manica

    Congratulations to Fedora team on this new release! It already looks very promising, with such great enhancements specially for laptops. Thanks!

  21. I have AMD Ryzen 7 and NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX. I have tried to make NVIDIA Optimus work without luck. Anyone?

  22. NVIDIA drivers support is just an unfavourable element. Otherwise, I can say this is the most enhanced version for desktops as well as laptops.

  23. jason

    Support for driving games steering wheels? Is there any plans to include out of the box

  24. Gurmeet Singh

    I am unable to upgrade to fedora 35 with error in running transaction file /etc/my.cnf conflicts between attempted installs of mysql community edition and mariadb.

    Please suggest a solution in this case.

    • mariadb is a fork of mysql. I’d use mariadb and remove mysql community edition (mariadb is in the Fedora repos and will receive regular updates). You should be able to export any databases you want to keep from mysql as .sql files and import them into mariadb.

      • Gurmeet Singh

        Hi Gregory,

        I really appreciate your response on this post.

        I tried installing MariaDB, but I was unable to install galera-4 a dependent package. due to which I was unable to use the MariaDB.

        Could you please suggest me a resolution?

        Thank you for the support.

        • Hmm, I see there is a bug report against the galera package indicating that procps-ng may need to be installed to get it to work: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=2019805

          • Gurmeet Singh

            Hi Gregory,

            Great to hear from you this quickly, I tried several methods, below mentioned is the error I am getting.

            Problem: conflicting requests
            – nothing provides libboost_program_options.so.1.69.0()(64bit) needed by galera-4-26.4.3-1.fc31.fc31.x86_64
            – nothing provides libboost_program_options.so.1.69.0()(64bit) needed by galera-4-26.4.4-1.fc31.fc31.x86_64
            – nothing provides libboost_program_options.so.1.69.0()(64bit) needed by galera-4-26.4.5-1.fc31.x86_64
            – nothing provides libboost_program_options.so.1.69.0()(64bit) needed by galera-4-26.4.6-1.fc31.x86_64
            (try to add ‘–skip-broken’ to skip uninstallable packages)

            I tried to install and upgrade libboost_program_options.so package, but it seems like I already have it with a version of 1.76.0() instead of 1.69.0().

            Tell me Gregory is it really worth upgrading to Fedora 35 from 34?

            Thank you for the support.

  25. SuryaTej Yaramada

    Hi , I am not able to upgrade to fedora35 , I am not seeing any issues though followed regular upgrade procedure but still while booting I am seeing f34 kernel instead f35

    Any help would be appreciated . Please let me know if need more information

  26. Sergey Politsyn

    I hav a iMac late 2014 and after upgrade to F35 from 34, I have lost sound over headphones and internal speakers. I have no idea how to fix it.

  27. Cesar Rivas

    im following the steps for upgrade Fedora 35 from Fedora 34, the final step is dnf system-upgrade reboot, i have this error: system is not ready for upgrade, how can i fix it?

  28. William Hetherington

    I’ve read many people saying they had issues with Nvidia drivers, this was not the case for me.

    Very smooth upgrade from 34 -> 35. Thanks very much to the entire Fedora team for their hard work!

  29. James

    Just curious, but is there any consensus on whether standard data/voice modems will have ongoing support? Still cannot get eFax and eFax-GTK to work on Fedora. No problems on Debian or Ubuntu.

  30. Szymon

    Few years ago I used a NV driver from rpmfusion. Currently I’m using official installer. It’s not the easiest solution, but if you uprading your system 1-2 a month, it’s also not a big deal.

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