Fedora 28 officially released, supports AArch64, introduces modular and third-party repositories

Fedora is an independent Linux distribution sponsored by Red Hat and supported by the Fedora Project community. It provides an out-of-the-box user experience that defaults to the GNOME desktop environment.

The Fedora Project released the official version of Fedora 28 on May 1st. The most significant changes in this version are contained in the introduction of the new Modular repository. It makes it easier for packers to create alternative versions of the software, allowing users to select different versions of software, such as NodeJS and Django. This greatly facilitates the user’s choice of the software stack they need. The introduction of this new feature can be accessed here. In addition, some highlights introduced in this release are as follows:

  • The AArch64 (ARM 64-bit) architecture is now one of the main architectures of Fedora Server.
  • Fedora 28 Workstation also contains some “big news”:
    • Introduced a selection of third-party software repositories that allow users to enable a number of third-party software sources, which allows users to more easily access software that is not included in Fedora, such as closed-source Nvidia drivers, Google Chrome, PyCharm, and Steam ; ( details )
    • The default desktop environment GNOME has now been upgraded to 3.28, resulting in a better desktop experience.
  • Fedora 28 Atomic Host:
    • Introduce automatic update function (default off); (Details)
    • Introduce Kubernetes 1.9 and podman tools.
  • Introducing VirtualBox Guest Additions, which allows users to try out Fedora in VirtualBox for a smoother user experience.
  • And other minor updates:
    • There were many minor bug fixes to the software package.
    • Introduced glibc 2.27, GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) 8 and updates for languages including Golang 1.10 and Ruby 2.5.

Additional information is found in its announcementsdiscussion points, and changesets.