Sponsored by Red Hat, the Fedora Linux distribution has today released Fedora 33 which brings in numerous improvements for desktop users.
For desktop users, Fedora Workstation is what you’re looking for if you want what they claim is a “just works” Linux experience. Fedora 33 pulls in GNOME 3.38 ‘Orbis’ which by itself is a pretty big upgrade, see our previous overview on that here. They’re also now using the BTRFS filesystem as the default, which is again quite a major change that includes lots of advanced features for those who want it but for desktop users it shouldn’t be a noticeable change. The Fedora team mention that the switch to BTRFS is laying the foundation to build upon in future releases.
Pictured – a fresh test install of Fedora 33.
This release also brings in an animated background (based on the time of day) by default which is pretty slick looking. As part of Fedora’s “First” mission they try to include all the latest and greatest software and with Fedora 33 you get the likes of Python 3.9, Ruby on Rails 6.0, and Perl 5.32 as default. In their KDE edition, they’ve also enabled the EarlyOOM service by default to improve the user experience in low-memory situations.
If you make use of the Wine compatibility layer, this release should also now use the Direct3D to Vulkan translation layer DXVK as the default instead of wined3d which should give much better performance in Windows games run through it. As after we covered the proposal, it was approved. Fedora 33 ships with Wine 5.20 and DXVK 1.7.2.
You can see the release announcement here, release notes here and download from here.