Changes To Look Forward To With Next Week's Fedora 23
Written by Michael Larabel in Fedora on 31 October 2015 at 11:47 AM EDT. 3 Comments
FEDORA --
Fedora 23 is being released next week and with this bi-annual update to Red Hat's Fedora Linux distribution are a number of new features.

Among the changes for Fedora 23 are:

- Initial support for UEFI system firmware updates via the default desktop. Red Hat developers have completed work on all the infrastructure side of allowing the UEFI system firmware updates to happen and then to expose the updates through GNOME Software. However, for this to work your motherboard must support UEFI 2.5+ as well as having the motherboard vendor upload the new firmwares in a compliant format to the LVFS.

- Better Fedora upgrades will be possible through a much-needed redesign of Fedup to now use DNF.

- There's going to be a Fedora Cinnamon spin as an edition of Fedora using LinuxMint's Cinnamon Desktop Environment.

- Unicode 8.0 support to now have access to all the latest emojis...

- Python 3 is now the default version for the Python language rather than Python 2.

- Fedora packages were rebuilt to now use position-independent code and FULL RELRO to try to reduce potential security vulnerabilities.

- Improved Wayland support and while the GNOME Wayland session isn't the default, it should be day-to-day usable. Fedora 24 will likely use Wayland on the desktop by default.

- All the other improvements found via upstream GNOME 3.18.


Details on other Fedora 23 features can be found via their Wiki. I also shared other F23 thoughts within Fedora 23 Beta & GNOME 3.18 Are Doing Terrific.
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