Fedora 26 GA
July 12, 2017
26 is the latest version of the fully-open source Fedora operating
system. Fedora 26 provides a set of base packages that form the
foundation for three distinct editions - Fedora 26 Atomic Host, Fedora
26 Server and Fedora 26 Workstation.
Matthew Miller, Fedora Project Leader said, “From Linux container
advancements to paving the way for modular operating systems, the latest
version of the Fedora operating system helps to advance the Fedora
Project’s mission of bringing leading-edge innovation to our users.
Fedora 26 does this by pairing more stable technologies like Kubernetes
with some of the latest advances in open source such, as system
containers, helping our users to enjoy these new features from a more
solid foundation of established packages and runtimes.”
The underlying packages powering these editions have seen numerous
improvements, bug fixes and performance tweaks in Fedora 26 to provide
an enhanced user experience across Fedora’s use cases.
These package improvements include:
•Updated compilers and languages, including GNU Compiler Collection (GCC)
7, Go 1.8, Python 3.6 and Ruby 2.4
•DNF 2.0, the latest version of Fedora’s next-generation package
management system with improved backwards compatibility with Yum
•A new storage configuration screen for the Anaconda installation
program, enabling “bottom-up” configuration from devices and partitions
•Updates to Fedora Media Writer that enable users to create bootable SD
cards with Fedora for ARM-based devices, like Raspberry Pi
Fedora 26 Atomic Host
As Linux containers and container orchestration engines expand in
popularity, Fedora 26 Atomic Host offers a minimal footprint operating
system tailored for running container-based workloads across
environments, from bare metal to the cloud. Fedora 26 Atomic Host
updates are planned to be delivered approximately every two weeks, to
keep pace with upstream innovation. Fedora 26 Atomic Host is available
for Amazon EC2, and images for OpenStack, Vagrant, as well as standard
installer ISO images are on GetFedora.org. A minimal Fedora Atomic
container image is also debuting with Fedora 26. New capabilities and
features in Fedora 26 Atomic Host include:
•Containerized Kubernetes as an alternative to built-in Kubernetes
binaries, enabling users to more easily run different versions of the
container orchestration engine.
•The latest version of rpm-ostree which includes support for direct RPM
install, a reload command and a clean-up command.
•System Containers, a way of installing system infrastructure software,
like networking or Kubernetes, on Fedora Atomic Host in a container.
•Updated versions of docker, atomic, and Cockpit for enhanced container
building, system support and workload monitoring.
Fedora 26 Server
with previous releases of Fedora, Fedora 26 Server provides a flexible,
multi-role platform for datacenter operations, allowing users to
customize this edition of the Fedora operating system to best fit their
unique needs. New features for Fedora 26 Server include FreeIPA 4.5,
which improves running the security information management solution in
containers, and SSSD file caching to speed up the resolution of user and
Planned for availability later this month, Fedora 26 Server also sees a
preview of Fedora’s Modularity technology delivered as “Boltron.” As a
modular operating system, Boltron enables different versions of
different applications to run on the same system, essentially allowing
for leading-edge runtimes to be paired with stable databases.
Fedora 26 Workstation
The latest version of Fedora’s desktop-focused edition provides new
tools and features for general users as well as developers. GNOME 3.24
is offered with Fedora 26 Workstation, which includes a host of updated
functionality including Night Light, an application that subtly changes
screen color based on time of day to reduce effect on sleep patterns,
and LibreOffice 5.3, the latest update to the popular open source office
productivity suite. For developers, GNOME 3.24 provides matured versions
of Builder and Flatpak to make application development for a variety of
systems, including Rust and Meson, easier across the board.