Fedora had a stellar 2021 and continued to run at the forefront of Linux innovations

Fedora had another successful year, and anecdotally, excitement for the Red Hat-sponsored Linux distribution grew rapidly among Linux power users that year. As for years, Fedora releases were among the first to introduce new Linux innovations from the desktop to the stack – many of which were spearheaded by Red Hat engineers. Over the past few years it has helped that they managed to deliver releases on time (or close to) rather than like some of the earlier removed releases that were quite buggy and other headaches due to the constant flow of changes. Fedora 34 and Fedora 35 have been great releases this year and have continued to take off in popularity.

Fedora 34 and Fedora 35 were fantastic releases this year that continued with the latest GNOME changes, Wayland support in great shape, and now even for NVIDIA with GBM, many other improvements pushed forward by Fedora and Red Hat this year. No Fedora release has felt out of date recently, but they continue to arrive with robust quality. In addition to Fedora Linux itself, the Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL) are still a fabulous supplementary repository for CentOS / RHEL users and the Fedora community as a whole has also developed positively.

Of all the Fedora articles written on Phoronix this calendar year, here’s a look back at the most popular Fedora news articles to summarize some of the big moments in 2021.

Fedora 36 plans to run Wayland with NVIDIA’s proprietary driver by default
While all the software components are now out there to run NVIDIA’s proprietary driver stack out of the box on modern (GBM-based) Wayland composers, including XWayland support, Fedora Workstation currently uses an X.Org-based session with the green binary blob by default. For Fedora 36 next spring, however, it is planned to use the Wayland-based desktop here as well.

Fedora 34 released as an extremely exciting update for this Linux distribution
It’s the 34th day of Fedora! Fedora 34 is now officially available and it’s pretty exciting in terms of features, especially with the changes to be enjoyed in Fedora Workstation 34.

Fedora 34 will be released as a very exciting update next week
After being postponed last week due to blocker bugs, it was determined on Friday that Fedora 34 is now in the right shape to officially ship next week.

By default, Fedora Workstation 35 uses the power profile daemon
Fedora Workstation 35 is to be delivered and activated by default with the Power Profile daemon in order to use newer laptops.

Amazon Linux 2022 released – based on Fedora with changes
Amazon Web Services has now made Amazon Linux 2022 publicly available in preview form as the latest version of its Linux distribution.

Fedora 35 will be released for release next week
After looking at blocker bugs for the past two weeks, Fedora 35 is now confirmed for next week’s release.

Facebook’s Linux desktop choice is Fedora, but the CentOS stream’s surge
Among the Facebook employees who mostly use Windows and macOS on their laptops / desktops, the primary choice for those using Linux has shifted from Ubuntu to Fedora, but they have also started powering up CentOS Stream.

“Fedora Linux” is the latest change for F35
While Fedora 34 will be released towards the end of next month, there are already suggestions for changes for Fedora 35 that will be released this fall. One of these early changes for the next release cycle refers to the operating system as “Fedora Linux” in its OS release notes.

Fedora 34 will see HarfBuzz-enabled FreeType as the latest for this huge feature release
The Fedora 34 plan to improve font rendering by enabling HarfBuzz in FreeType was approved by the Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee this week.

Red Hat / Fedora is focused on driving new Linux video enhancements around PipeWire
PipeWire was designed from the start to meet the needs of audio and video streaming on Linux. While PipeWire is already used for screencasting / recording under Wayland and works with Flatpak applications, PipeWire has recently focused mainly on the use cases of JACK and PulseAudio on the sound side. Now that the audio support is in reasonably good condition, Red Hat engineers are once again focusing on improving the video support.

Fedora 34 Planning for Better Font Rendering by Enabling HarfBuzz in FreeType
One of the last planned changes in the long list of improvements for Fedora 34 is the activation of HarfBuzz support within the FreeType library.

Fedora is preparing to switch to Intel’s modern audio driver “Sound Open Firmware”
Fedora 34 plans to upgrade to Intel’s modern Sound Open Firmware audio driver as it should now be in good condition and superior to the existing sound drivers. This is before Intel is likely to default to the Intel SOF driver code path in the upstream kernel, once this change has first been verified by Fedora users.

Fedora 35 could delete the “Allow SSH root login with password” installation option
One Fedora 35 change proposal submitted this week that is ruffling some feathers is about removing the “Allow SSH root login with password” option from Fedora’s Anaconda installer.

Fedora 35 approved for third-party repo changes, optimized encryption standard
The Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee (FESCo) unanimously approved a large number of new Fedora 35 features this week.

Fedora 35 Beta released with loads of new features and tons of package updates
After some initial release challenges, Fedora 35 Beta was released today for the Fedora Workstation, Fedora Server, and Fedora IoT variants, as well as their other versions.

Fedora 35 is looking for WirePlumber to manage PipeWire
While Fedora 34 successfully shipped with PipeWire to manage audio / video streams and replace PulseAudio use cases, the integration around PipeWire should be even better with Fedora 35 this fall.

Fedora’s Java packages have taken a crude form
While Fedora’s Java support was in excellent shape many years ago with the fast integration of OpenJDK except for IcedTea, Fedora’s Java packages are hardly maintained these days and have largely expired.

Fedora Linux 35 released as another exciting, feature-rich update
Fedora 35 is officially available today as the latest major release of this Linux distribution developed by Red Hat and the open source community. Fedora 35 is another very big feature update at the forefront of Linux innovations from servers to desktops.

Fedora Workstation 34 should be very exciting with GNOME 40, PipeWire standard
Fedora 34, due out in April, is becoming a very exciting feature release as always, with this Red Hat-sponsored Linux distribution continuing to live on the cutting edge of the open source software ecosystem. Fedora Workstation 34, in particular, is abundant in updates and new features, led by the GNOME 40 desktop.

Fedora’s “Enterprise Linux Next” is taking off to experiment with next-generation RHEL changes
Last year there was a lot of talk in the Fedora warehouse about Enterprise Linux Next and now this Special Interest Group (SIG) is finally picking up speed.

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