Speaking of heroes, the ones that are often unsung and yet they keep on saving the world, it is hard not to notice the colors of Fedora. Time has flown, a pandemic bid itself welcome in the globe, yet relentlessly, Fedora 33 found its way and is now available for all its lovers out there. Released on October 27th 2020 after a patient wait from the fans and enthusiasts, there are no more barriers to getting it on your hands because it is now officially and abundantly out.
The new version of Fedora, number 33 has updated key programming language and system library packages as will be discussed in this brief article that applauds and cheers on the good work that they continue to do. For all Fedora users, you know what it means when a new release is up for grabs, it means enjoying new features, enhancements and better performance in general. We shall now dip ourselves into the warm pool and swim in this new release as we get to acquaint ourselves with what has been served.
New Software Versions
There has been tremendous improvements in Fedora 33 software packages and programming languages including Python 3.9, Ruby on Rails 6.0, Boost 1.73, Golang 1.15, glibc 2.32, Java 11, LLVM 11, Node.js 14.x series and Perl 5.32 among others.
EarlyOOM service by default
In Fedora 33 KDE, the team has followed the work in Fedora 32 Workstation and enabled the EarlyOOM service by default to improve the user experience in low-memory situations.
Nano editor reigns
To make the default Fedora experience better, them team set nano as the default editor. According to the team, nano is a friendly editor for new users and those of you who want the power of editors like vi/vim can, of course, set your own default.
Fedora 33 Workstation now uses Btrfs by default
The default partitioning scheme on Fedora Workstation now uses Btrfs. Btrfs is a native Linux copy-on-write file system. It provides advanced features including error detection, fault tolerance, recovery, transparent compression, cheap snapshots, integrated volume management, and easier administration. Btrfs will be the file system used for new desktop installations. Source: Fedora Project
It should be noted that it is still possible to choose other file system layouts in Custom partitioning, including the LVM+ext4 layout.
Active user resource reserves on Workstation
With this enhancement, Fedora adds cgroup based resource protections for the active graphical session. This proposal adds cgroup based resource protections for the active graphical session. This is done by passing a memory protection of 250MiB to active users (capped at 10% of system memory) and by enabling other cgroup controllers (CPU, IO) to ensure important session processes get the resources they need. Source: Fedora Project
New Workstation contains thermald by default
The thermald daemon harnesses sensors and methods to monitor and control temperature of Intel-based CPUs. Depending on the received data, thermald uses the best available method to keep the CPU in the right temperature zone. With this enhancement, Fedora Workstation users can now enjoy better out-of-the-box experience due to improved CPU cooling methods and enhanced performance of their Intel systems. Optionally, users can achieve further performance improvements by using specific per-CPU model thermald configurations. Source: Fedora Project
Swap on zRAM
Starting with Fedora 33, a swap partition is not created by default at installation time. Instead, a zram device is created, and swap enabled on it during start-up. zram is a RAM drive that uses compression
GNOME 3.38 on the visuals
Putting new wine on old wineskin is retrogressive. For this reason, Fedora 33 is unleashed garbed in new regalia. That is the improved GNOME 3.38 with some touchpad gesture options for switching workspaces. This is a pure delight.
Install Fedora 33
With the few review points touched on in this article, the part that you will love is here. Let us get Fedora 33 installed so that you can begin enjoying its new features immediately.
Much appreciation and congratulations to Fedora for finally releasing the 33rd version. We celebrate the work you are doing together with the tremendous community support. May you soar much higher.