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Fedora 34 Might Try To Use PipeWire By Default To Replace PulseAudio/JACK

Red Hat for several years now has been working on PipeWire to overhaul audio/video stream management on Linux while being able to fill the duties currently managed by the likes of PulseAudio and JACK and being engineered with Wayland and Flatpak security in mind among other modern Linux technologies. With Fedora 34 next spring they may try to ship PipeWire by default in place of JACK, PulseAudio, and even legacy ALSA.

23 November 2020 - Fedora 34 PipeWire - 88 Comments
Fedora's Qt-Based Media Writer Seeing Improvements

Fedora Media Writer is the project's cross-platform utility for deploying Fedora install images to USB drives in an easy-to-user manner and for selecting from the various Fedora spins. One of Red Hat's engineers has recently been working on some modernization improvements to this Fedora image writer.

15 November 2020 - Fedora Media Writer - 10 Comments
Fedora Developers Discuss The Idea Of "Lightly Maintained" Packages

Fedora stakeholders and the folks at Red Hat have been discussing the idea of having a "lightly maintained" package repository (or some RPM metadata otherwise to indicate such light maintenance) for packages that are either very new, not receiving much packaging attention, or simply used as a build dependency for other packages.

12 November 2020 - Different Repo? - 3 Comments
Fedora 34 Looking To Add An AArch64 KDE Plasma Desktop Spin

Given the AArch64 laptops coming to market and continuing popularity around ARM64 SBCs for Linux desktop use-cases, Fedora's KDE special interest group is proposing Fedora KDE Plasma edition also be spun for the 64-bit ARM architecture.

27 October 2020 - Fedora + KDE + ARM64 - 4 Comments
Fedora 33 To Stick With systemd-resolved Following Last Minute Concerns

One of the fundamental changes with Fedora 33 is making use of systemd-resolved by default for network name resolution. A number of users testing out Fedora 33 on desktops and servers have run into various issues with systemd-resolved and sought to revert and delay this default behavioral change until a later release.

1 October 2020 - F33 + systemd-resolved - 22 Comments
Fedora 34 Aims To Further Enhance Security But Will Lose Runtime Disabling Of SELinux

Currently on Fedora the Security Enhanced Linux (SELinux) functionality that's there by default can be disabled at run-time via the /etc/selinux/config but moving forward with Fedora 34 they are looking at removing that support and focusing just on disabling via selinux=0 at the kernel boot time in order to provide greater security.

24 September 2020 - Fedora 34 + SELinux Hardening - 29 Comments
Fedora 34 KDE Spin Planning Switch To Wayland

For four years now since Fedora 25 the default GNOME Shell desktop environment has been using Wayland by default. Next spring with Fedora 34, the KDE Spin is finally planning a similar migration to use Wayland by default with the KDE Plasma desktop.

8 September 2020 - KDE Wayland - 48 Comments
Allowing cc/c++ To Be More Easily Changed Out Has Been Deferred To Fedora 34

Proposed last year for Fedora 32 was aiming to make it easier to swap out GCC for other alternate compilers (like Clang) by using the update-alternatives functionality on Fedora for handling the /usr/bin/cc and /usr/bin/c++ symbolic links. That work was deferred to Fedora 33 as it wasn't completed in time while now it's been deferred yet again to Fedora 34 next year.

21 August 2020 - Fedora update-alternatives - 13 Comments
Fedora 33 Moving Closer To LTO-Optimizing Packages

Going back to last year Fedora has been working to enable link-time optimizations by default for their packages. That goal wasn't achieved for Fedora 32 but for Fedora 33 this autumn they still have chances of marking that feature off their TODO list.

9 August 2020 - Fedora LTO-ed - 12 Comments
Fedora Developers Brainstorming Options For Better Memory Testing

In looking beyond the massive Fedora 33 release in development, Fedora developers have begun discussing options for allowing better memory testing on their distribution for evaluating possible faulty RAM issues that otherwise often get mixed in with other software bugs and other sporadic behavior.

21 July 2020 - memtest86+ Alternatives - 25 Comments
Stratis 2.1 Proposed For Fedora 33 To Bring Per-Pool Encryption

While Fedora 33 desktop variants are aiming to use Btrfs by default, non-desktop environments are not and Red Hat remains committed to XFS and their Stratis Storage technology for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Coming to Fedora 33 will also likely be Stratis 2.1 for offering the latest on that front.

20 July 2020 - Stratis 2.1 - 20 Comments
Fedora 33 Is Shaping Up To Be One Of Its Biggest Releases Ever

Fedora 33 is easily shaping up to be one of the biggest releases ever for this long-time Linux distribution formerly known as Fedora Core. It's just not a few big features like Fedora desktop variants defaulting to Btrfs but even just on feature count alone it's looking by far to be one of the biggest at least in a number of years if not ever.

16 July 2020 - Fedora 33 Features - 22 Comments

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