Fedora 22 Beta Arrives with Plasma 5 & GNOME 3.16

by Ostatic Staff - Apr. 21, 2015

Red Hat and The Fedora Project Team today announced the release of Fedora 22 Beta, the last developmental release before Final. The default Workstation ships with GNOME 3.16 but spins are available with KDE Plasma 5, Xfce, LXDE, MATE, and Sugar in 32-bit and 64-bit. There are even spins for gaming, robotics, security, media creation, ARM, Docker, and more not counting the Server and Cloud images. If you can't find a Fedora to fit, then you don't need Linux.

Fedora 22 Beta replaces Yum with DNF that will provide higher performance and better dependency management. dnf-yum redirects users from Yum to DNF and classic Yum has been renamed to yum-deprecated. The Cloud image includes "the latest versions of rpm-ostree and rpm-ostree-toolbox, the latter of which can be used to generate Atomic hosts," Vagrant support, and Atomic command. The Server features a Database Server Role "that provides a stable D-Bus interface to manage the deployment of server roles" and an updated Cockpit management. The Workstation is enhanced by:

* GNOME now provides better notifications to users about system events
* Login screen now uses Wayland
* Automatic Bug Reporting Tool improvements
* The libinput library is now used for both X11 and Wayland for consistent input device handling

Fedora 22 Beta Games Spin featuring Xfce and dozens of games

The announcement is urging users to test and report those bugs. Downloads are available in Cloud prerelease, Fedora 22 Beta Server, and the GNOME Workstation or choose one or more from the many spins. The Common Bugs page hasn't been updated for the Beta as of yet, but if you're having issues check back to see if it's a known bug. The Final is scheduled for release on May 26.

Fedora 22 Beta KDE Plasma 5 Spin

In related news, Red Hat today said that their container solutions are much better than VMware's because it takes more than the underlying operating system. As Paul Cormier said recently, "Containers are not all the same, what's inside counts; you still need a solid platform upon which Linux containers can run." Matt Hicks concluded the post by saying, "Red Hat is proud of the work we've done on this front to date, and look forward continuing our work to lead the enterprise container revolution."