Fedora Linux Had A Heck Of A Year, Finally Hitting Wayland-By-Default

Written by Michael Larabel in Fedora on 26 December 2016 at 05:39 PM EST. 21 Comments
This year was quite the year for Red Hat's Fedora Linux distribution with the successful launches of Fedora 24 and 25, the later including Wayland-by-default with the Fedora 25 Workstation release atop GNOME 3.22.

Fedora had a terrific year I'd say, and I'm sure most of you would agree. Fedora 25 is quite a polished and reliable release even with switching to Wayland by default. I am running Fedora 25 on my most-main system and couldn't be happier with it and its solid Linux desktop experience. Looking ahead to next year, GNOME 3.24 is shaping up nicely, Flatpak continues advancing, and F26 is shaping up nicely so far. Though there still is talk of potentially shifting Fedora to doing one major release per year rather than two, but those negotiations are ongoing.

Of the 98 original Fedora news articles on Phoronix, here are the top 12 for those wishing to look back at the past year:

Fedora 25 To Run Wayland By Default
The Fedora Engineering and Steering Committee has decided that Fedora 25 will indeed ship the Wayland display server by default in place of the X.Org Server.

Other Linux Distributions Begin Analyzing Clear Linux's Performance Optimizations
Fedora developers appear to be among those analyzing Intel's Clear Linux distribution for the performance optimizations made.

How Close Fedora Is To Switching To Wayland By Default
Kevin Martin of the Fedora Project has written a status update and plan around the "Wayland-by-default" effort for Fedora 24.

Wayland Will Not Be The Default Of Fedora 24
While many developers worked very hard in trying to make GNOME 3.20 default to using Wayland rather than an X.Org Server for Fedora 24, this isn't going to happen.

Fedora 25 Is Quite Possibly My Most Favorite Release Yet
Fedora 25 is nearly complete and this afternoon we should hear whether it will be formally released next week or will be pushed back one week due to lingering blocker bugs. Nevertheless, I've been carrying out more tests on Fedora 25 on multiple test systems in recent days and have been very pleased with this Red Hat sponsored Linux distribution release.

The Latest Reason Fedora Users Have Been Questioning Firefox As The Default Browser
The default browser choice for Fedora Linux has once again come up again with some no longer even wanting Mozilla Firefox within the package repository.

Fedora's DNF Is Slowly Being Ported From Python To C
Fedora's DNF package manager that succeeded Yum officially in Fedora 22 is going to go through a phase of being rewritten in C.

Fedora 25 Officially Released & I Highly Recommend It
Fedora 25 was officially christened this morning.

Fedora 24 Will Indeed Be Delayed, Plus Other Changes Approved
Yesterday we wrote that it looked like Fedora 24 would be delayed and today FESCo has indeed decided to delay the release and all milestones by two weeks, but it might be dragged out to at least three weeks.

The Wayland Issues Still Ahead Of Fedora 24
Back in January was a look at How Close Fedora Is To Switching To Wayland By Default while this week is an update about the issues still blocking Wayland from becoming the default for the next Fedora Linux release.

Fedora 25 Wayland Tests A Success, On Track For Stable
Fedora 25 has been on track for using Wayland by default and that was better firmed up this week. It's looking almost definitive next month's Fedora 25 release will be the first tier-one desktop Linux distribution using Wayland by default on supported systems in place of the X.Org Server.

It's Possible To Run Fedora 23 With A Mainline Kernel On A Tegra K1 Chromebook
While the Tegra X1 is the latest and greatest NVIDIA SoC out there currently, the Tegra K1 is still a beauty and still blows many other ARM boards out of the water. If you happen to have a Tegra K1 Chromebook, it's possible to get Fedora 23 Linux running on there with a bit of hacking.
Related News
About The Author
Michael Larabel

Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience. Michael has written more than 20,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated benchmarking software. He can be followed via Twitter, LinkedIn, or contacted via MichaelLarabel.com.

Popular News This Week