A Look At The New Features For Fedora 27

Written by Michael Larabel in Fedora on 18 October 2017 at 06:28 AM EDT. 13 Comments
Fedora 27 is now under its final freeze for release in the next few weeks so here's a recap of the prominent changes coming to this next installment of the Red Hat sponsored Linux distribution.

First and foremost, the Fedora Workstation 27 release is making use of GNOME 3.26 and its many exciting improvements, many of which upstream improvements were worked on by Fedora / Red Hat developers. GNOME 3.26 offers better Wayland support, some HiDPI improvements, initial built-in screencast / remote desktop support through Mutter, the reworked GNOME Control Center UI, many app improvements, and more as outlined in that aforelinked article.

Fedora 27 also features 32-bit UEFI support, TRIM on SSDs be passed down for encrypted disks, glibc 2.26, and RPM 4.14 as some of the key system wide changes. Fedora 27 is currently making use of Mesa 17.2, GCC 7.2, and the Linux 4.13 kernel. Red Hat developers have also been working on experimental PipeWire support and other important initiatives like Flatpak development.

Fedora 27 is also working more on its modularization initiative and rolling out the initial Fedora Modular Server build.

Some of the self-contained Fedora 27 changes include Java 9, Samba AD support, dropping SSH-1 from OpenSSH clients, and better support for Intel BayTrail/CherryTrail hardware. More details via the Fedora Wiki. Other Fedora 27 feature work is also covered in our dozens of past F27 articles.

More fundamentally, Fedora 27 has also done away with alpha releases in favor of delivering more daily usable quality with Rawhide and just focusing on the beta milestone. Indirectly this is also part of an effort to try to ship Fedora 27 more timely with less delays while not sacrificing quality.

From my testing of Fedora 27 development builds so far, it all around has felt very polished and a nice evolutionary upgrade over Fedora 26, thanks in large part to the work achieved with GNOME 3.26. Stay tuned for more Fedora 27 coverage and benchmarks on Phoronix in the weeks ahead.
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