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Fedora 25 Linux Enters Beta Release

By Sean Michael Kerner (Send Email)
Posted October 11, 2016

The Red Hat-sponsored Fedora Linux community is out today with a new beta for its next major milestone release. Fedora 25 follows the Fedora Next model that debuted in December 2014 with the Fedora 21 release, providing separate Workstation, Server and Cloud editions of Fedora.

With Fedora 25, the Fedora Media Writer tool will be the primary download option for users that want to make their own bootable USB of the Linux Fedora 17 Linux OSdistribution.

"Fedora Media Writer is a multiplatform tool that allows anyone to easily and quickly download installation ISO images and use them to create a bootable USB drive," the Fedora 25 release notes states. "This saves you the effort of manually downloading an ISO image, verifying its checksum, and using dd or similar to write the image to an USB drive."

On the server side, Fedora 25 Server includes an SELinux troubleshoot module for the Cockpit server administration tool.

"Similar to what is available on Fedora Workstation, the module helps provide suggestions for a user when an SELinux denial is encountered, which otherwise requires log checking and manual workarounds," Fedora Project Leader Matthew Miller wrote in a blog post.

Security is also improved in the Fedora 25 Server beta with support for multi-factor authentication services as well as new SSH key visibility in the system dashboard.

Fedora 25 Desktop Release Marks Major Milestones

On the desktop side, Fedora 25 marks a number of major milestones including the use of Wayland as the default display server.

"Wayland gives a much better way of isolating applications from each other and the system," the Fedora 25 release notes state.

Additionally, Fedora 25 ships with the GNOME 3.22 desktop environment as the default choice. GNOME 3.22 was first released on September 21.

Among the new features in GNOME 3.22 is support for the Flatpack cross-distribution application framework. The Flatpak framework is designed to allow an application to be installed on various Linux distributions.

For developers, Fedora 25 is also a notable release with updated language support. Among the languages now supported by Fedora is the open-source Rust programming language.

"Fedora 25 provides the Rust compiler and its Cargo package management tool," Fedora 25's release notes state. Rust is a fast-compiled programming language, which prevents segmentation faults, ensures thread safety, and supports both functional and imperative-procedural paradigms."

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at ServerWatch and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

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