Fedora 25 Turned Out Great, Definitely My Most Favorite Fedora Release

Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 21 November 2016. Page 1 of 1. 29 Comments

While I generally wait until a few days/weeks past a Fedora release to upgrade, this past weekend I already switched my main production system over to Fedora 25 ahead of tomorrow's release. That's the first time I've been so ambitious with a Fedora release, but in testing it over the past few weeks (and months) on a multitude of test systems, the quality has been excellent and by far is most favorite release going back to the Fedora Core days -- and there's Wayland by default too, as just the icing on the cake.

Earlier this month I wrote how Fedora 25 is quite possibly by most favorite release yet and now after carrying out tests of the last release candidate and already switching my most main production system over to it, I can say with confidence it does feel to me as the best release yet.

All of the improvements found in upstream GNOME 3.22 offer a very polished Linux desktop experience, it's shipping with the Linux 4.8 kernel, and all-around is just a very quality release. As far as the Wayland experience goes, it's rock-solid with all of my Intel and Radeon tests so far. Even on my main production system I had to double-check to verify I was actually using the GNOME-based Wayland session as it's so close to parity with the X.Org Server support that it just feels like a drop-in replacement.

I had allotted most of the weekend for the clean install and migration on my main production system to Fedora 25, but in reality, it was just an hour or two and no headaches encountered. The install went well, installed the few additional packages needed, and I was off to the races. Super happy with how Fedora 25 turned out. About my only complaint is that Mesa 13.0 didn't make the cut for the day-one release but will come down later as a stable release update (and for old times’ sake and not having other technical complaints about F25: bring back the codenames! ;)).

Fedora 25 will be formally announced tomorrow, 22 November.

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