For the longest time, Fedora has been a distro used by people with a lot of Linux experience. It was a high-end operating system, which means that it shipped with the latest software. This alone makes the situation difficult for new users as things can break.
But over the years, Fedora has felt less and less like an operating system that should only be used by those with a lot of experience. And with the release of Fedora 36, now is the time to name the distribution for what it has become – a premium operating system, regardless of whether you’ve used Linux or not.
That’s right, I’m here to tell you that Fedora Linux is prime-time ready and anyone can use it, regardless of whether you’ve touched Linux or not.
But why would you want that? Well, that’s the big question here and the answer comes in many forms, such as:
- I’m tired of Windows crashing.
- Random Windows updates constantly waste valuable time and work.
- Your computer does not support Windows 11.
- You need more security from your operating system.
- You want your operating system to behave the way you want it to, not how the company dictates you to use it.
- Chromebooks don’t have enough flexibility and power.
- Apple devices are expensive.
Whatever the reason, you are most likely looking for something that does not suffer from the above issues. If so, you have plenty of options. And with the release of Fedora 36, there is another option that should be shortlisted for ready-made operating systems for new users.
Fedora 36 that’s fine.
What makes Fedora 36 so good?
You’re probably wondering why, out of nowhere, Fedora 36 should now be in competition with the likes Ubuntu LinuxAnd linux mintAnd ZorinOS? Part of the reason is GNOME 42. This iteration of the desktop environment takes all the amazing new features found in GNOME 40/41 and polishes them to perfection. horizontal workflow (shape 1) makes getting things done very easy.
But instead of going through a list of all the new features in GNOME 42, I want to show how the desktop helps make Fedora 36 easy to use. Let’s examine how you can share folders with other computers on your network. Fedora and GNOME make this very simple. This is what you do:
- Open Settings
- Go to the post
- Click the On / Off slider until it is in the On position
- Click File Sharing, and in the resulting window (Figure 2), click the new On / Off slider until it is in the On position.
Once you take care of the above, the public folder in your home directory (eg /home/USER/Public – where USER is your Linux username) will appear on the network as an available share (Figure 3).
The new file sharing functionality is a great example of how Fedora 36 has gone to great lengths to ensure that everything works. And by shipping with Linux kernel 5.17, your newer hardware should be recognized automatically without any problem.
Everything just works.
Once upon a time that was a mantra that was relegated to distros like Ubuntu. The fact that Fedora has finally reached its “business-only” peak is indicative of the work the Fedora team has done for the platform. I’ve installed Fedora 36 several times and haven’t had a single problem yet. And considering that this version is still in beta, that means something.
Features and changes
For those who prefer to know what’s new and improved in their distro, here is the shortlist for Fedora 36:
- Wayland is the default X server for those using NVIDIA’s own driver.
- Noto fonts are used as the default system font.
- RPM databases are moved from /usr to /var.
- The /var directory is now in its own Btrfs subfolder (for Silverblue and Kinoite installations).
- Old support for network configuration files in NetworkManager has been removed.
- CC 12
- GNU C Library 2.35.0
- LLVM 14
- OpenSSL 3.0
- Autoconf 2.71.2
- Ruby 3.1.1 Update
- Rubygem Cucumber 184.108.40.206 Update
- Ruby on Rails 7.0.0 Update
- Golang 1.18.0 Update
- OpenJDK 17
- libffi 3.4
- OpenLDAP 2.6.1
- Ansible 5
- Django 4.0.0 Update
- PHP 8.1
- PostgreSQL 14
- Bodman 4.0
- MLT 7.4.1 Update
- Stratis 3.0.0
The only weird
With the release of GNOME 42, two long-running applications have been replaced: Gedit and Gnome Terminal. Although Fedora 36 has the replacement for Gedit, the text editor, it does not include the new Terminal app. Why this is the case, I have no idea. I hope the developers of Fedora will look forward to including the new Terminal app, because it’s a cleaner, simpler app that fits better in GNOME’s new look and feel. If I had to guess, I’d say the new Terminal is simply not ready (although it does come with GNOME OS – the distribution intended to show what’s new in a desktop environment).
Regardless of that single oddity, everything in the Fedora 36 looks and feels great. The apps open incredibly quickly, look great and behave exactly as expected. If you’re in the market for a new OS, one that won’t let you down, you’d be remiss if you didn’t consider Fedora 36 the best competitor.
To download a copy, visit Fedora download page.