What’s new in Fedora 23 Workstation

Fedora 23 Workstation is now released. It’s a reliable, user-friendly, and powerful operating system aimed at home users, hobbyists, students, and software developers. Fedora 23 Workstation features the latest GNOME 3.18 release courtesy of the GNOME community. This release of GNOME includes updates to the Files browser, and the new Calendar and Todo applications. Fedora 23 Workstation is the first release of Fedora to include LibreOffice 5.



The Files browser, also known as Nautilus, now gives progress feedback when copying or moving large files. A button in the header bar allows you to see progress at a glance. Searching and renaming files in the file browser is now also quicker and easier to use.

There’s now better support for your Google Drive contents, too. If you’ve set up a Google online account in the Control Center, you’ll see your Google Drive contents in Files, with a shortcut to Drive in the sidebar. Check out the GNOME 3.18 Release Notes for more information on improvements to Files in Fedora 23 workstation.


LibreOffice 5

Fedora 23 Workstation ships with LibreOffice 5, the newest version of the widely used productivity suite. LibreOffice features LibreOffice Writer for creating documents, LibreOffice Calc for spreadsheets, and LibreOffice Impress for presentations. LibreOffice 5 comes with many new features and improvements, including:

  • Style previews in the sidebar
  • Built-in image crop
  • UI for data bars in Calc
  • Support for Time-Stamp Protocol in PDF export
  • Improved import and export to a variety of different types of files
  • Improved support for HiDPI screens
  • …and more!


New Calendar application

The new Calendar application provides a simple way to edit and use your calendars. It includes month and year views of your important dates and simple searching. Calendars can be locally stored on your Fedora Workstation, or you can add remote calendars from sources like Google Calendar and OwnCloud.

The new Calendar application is integrated with Online Accounts on your Fedora Workstation. When you add an online account in the control center, the calendar application shows calendars from those accounts.


Builder IDE

Builder is also significantly better in Fedora 23 Workstation. It introduces new and improved features such as:

  • Integrated terminal and system monitor
  • More accurate code auto-completion
  • Code auto-completion for Python
  • Searchable documentation index
  • Build target list
  • Searchable list of symbols for the current file
  • …and more!


Firmware Updates

The Linux Vendor Firmware Service is now integrated into the Software application in Fedora 23 Workstation. The Software app will notify you if there are firmware updates available for your hardware, such as BIOS updates. You can then install them directly from Software.



Wayland support in Fedora 23 Workstation has also been improved. It’s still available as a preview by using the GNOME Wayland session when you login. After you select your user account to login, select the gear icon to choose the Wayland session. The Workstation team is currently planning to make Wayland the default display server in Fedora in Fedora 24.

Getting and Installing Fedora 23 Workstation

To install Fedora Workstation on a new machine, download the live image, copy it to a USB Drive, then boot into it. To upgrade a previous Fedora Workstation install, check out our guide here on the Fedora Magazine.

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  1. Logan

    I have been hyped about Fedora 23 since i first heard about it

  2. DaKine23

    Just updated F22 -> F23. No problems great version of a great distro. But testing Wayland with the statement “will be default in 24” i think you should improve performance and stability a lot until you make that step.

    Good luck guys,
    keep doing what you do!

  3. ifoolb

    One thing I don’t like about Software(packagekit) is that software installed by packagekit will be removed if I run dnf autoremove. Some packages installed as dependencies just can’t be removed all together without issuing such command, so, autoremove is still there even though I’ve heard something like ‘dnf tolerates other package managers so…’

  4. dave

    The opening mentions potential users, but business users are not mentioned. What about small businesses?


  5. No nvidia support in xorg 1.18, going back to 22.

  6. Paulo Fernano

    Parabens a todos que contribuiram para mais esta exelente edição do FC23,está muito linda e funcional.Thanks very much!

  7. VK Joseph

    F22 to F23 upgrade was a breeze with dnf-plugin-system-upgrade

  8. Mr.Sam

    Fedora upgrade from 22 > 23 works like a charm! What an experience. Thank you!

  9. Joe Pesco

    I gotta tell ya, although I’ve been plugging away with the beta, I cheated last week and and typed in `docker pull fedora:latest’ then started the container. This counted for me as my official “roll out,” after getting word of the release on Fedora Magazine!

    Yesterday when I burned the install image onto a DVD, booted from the DVD, and then installed onto a thumbdrive was my late arrival to Fedora 23 Workstation. This was done from Fedora 20 with the KDE Desktop and K3b. Gnome Desktop is still a life altering experience -> I consider myself a real KDE fan, and the decision to install Gnome is based on time constraints and my desire to stay in the thick of things Fedora things.

    Pulling the Docker image last week allowed me to upgrade while insuring my work flow remained uninterrupted. Now, I can go after this Builder thing I’ve never heard of before reading this post (thank you) and give it a test drive with some of this low value Friday afternoon time I loath so much!

  10. Ali

    Which version of gfortran compiler is installed in fedora23 by default? How about python version?

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