Many desktop users love the Red Hat Linux Fedora 30 community. They have good reasons. Fedora is a great Linux desktop. But Fedora is much more than just a desktop. It is presented in three main versions: one for the workstation, another for containers and another that works as a server both in the server hardware and in the cloud.
Why so many versions and changes? Matthew Miller, leader of the Fedora project, explained in a statement:
"Computing scenarios do not stay static and not Fedora. With updates around Fedora 30, we are offering an evolving spectrum of operating system editions to better meet various IT challenges. Container infrastructure options in Fedora 30 Cloud and Fedora CoreOS, the Fedora project is still focused on Linux innovation. "
All editions of Fedora 30 come with updates of common underlying packages. In addition to the usual bug fixes and performance adjustments, Fedora 30 database updates include the Bash shell version 5.0, the Fish 3.0 shell editor, collection of GNU compilers (GCC) 9 and Ruby 2.6. All this is the Linux 5.0 kernel.
With this version, there are three main editions of Fedora: Fedora Workstation, Fedora Server and Fedora Atomic Host.
Fedora workstation 30
The Fedora 30 workstation includes the latest version of the GNOME interface, GNOME 3.32. Fedora also supports other major Linux desktop environments, including Canela, KDE, LXDE, MATE and Xfce. It also includes the fractional scale, updated visual style, animation enhancements and new icons. The clean effect is to make a desktop more visually pleasing, that works well in high-end monitors.
Now you can also run the Fedora desktop as a container desk, Fedora Silverblue, with the rpm-shell in the heart. This replaces the traditional management of RPM packages with atomic update / recovery. In this model, Fedora provides a basic operating system image already prepared. When installing a program, using rpm-ostree or Flatpak, it essentially creates a restore point. Following is a follow-up and, if something goes wrong, you can restore the restoration point with the least damage done.
It's an interesting job in the desktop, but after playing a bit, I would currently stay with the traditional desktop.
There is also a container version of Fedora 30 for servers and the cloud in its path: Fedora CoreOS. If you plan to work with containers and Kubernetes, you want to get a copy of it. Unfortunately, it will not be available until June 2019.
Cloud of Fedora 30
As the cloud grows more and more important, the Fedora project has fused the traditional Fedora server capabilities with Fedora Cloud. You can still run it on the server in your entrance hall, of course, but it's the same with your home in a private, hybrid or public cloud.
Going down the road, Fedora will introduce a light version of Fedora Cloud for Internet-of-Things (IoT), Fedora IoT. You can use this targeted release on the edge of everything for your home projects to do it on industrial R & D test banks. I hope to see Fedora IoT this summer, but Fedora has not yet given a date for on its launch.
Ready to try it? You can download the Fedora 30 desktop today.