What’s New in Fedora 28 Workstation

Published on May 29, 2018 by

Fedora 28 Workstation is the latest release of Fedora Workstation edition. This release features GNOME 3.28 as default desktop environment and powered by the latest Linux Kernel 4.16 series.

This release also introduces numerous improvements and new features including support thunderbolt peripherals, popular third-party software repositories, improved battery life on laptops, the Noto Color Emoji font is now the default for displaying Emoji, slightly different initial setup, VirtualBox Guest Additions and Guest Drivers are now installed by default.

Explanation of each feature can be read below.

Third-Party Repositories

An exciting feature of Fedora 28 is the inclusion of some popular third-party software repositories. When you launch GNOME Software 3.28 the first time, an alert bar asks about enabling third-party repositories. Selecting Enable enables the following repositories:

  • Google Chrome, the web browser from Google (google-chrome.repo)
  • PyCharm, Python IDE for Professional Developers by JetBrains (_copr_phracek-PyCharm.repo)
  • NVIDIA’s proprietary graphics drivers (rpmfusion-nonfree-nvidia-driver.repo)
  • Steam client, digital distribution platform developed by Valve Corporation (rpmfusion-nonfree-steam.repo)

Once enabled, the third-party packages can be installed either with GNOME Software or dnf. To find out more about third-party repositories in Fedora, visit this Fedora wiki page.

Improved battery life

Battery life on laptops running Fedora Workstation is improved with various hardware power-saving features now enabled by default. These improvements include a new default SATA Link Power Management policy on all Intel mobile chipsets. This policy sets the SATA link to a disk to into low-power mode when idle, saving approximately 1.0-1.5 watts of power on an idle laptop. Additionally, the Intel HDA codec power saving is enabled by default (with a 1 second timeout), saving approximately 0.4 watts of power on an idle laptop. Finally, USB autosuspend for USB Bluetooth receivers is enabled by default, saving approximately 0.4 watts of power on an idle laptop.

GNOME 3.28

Fedora 28 Workstation features GNOME 3.28 as the default desktop environment. GNOME 3.28 includes a wide range of enhancements, including: updates to Files (nautilus), Contacts, Calendar, Clocks and the on-screen keyboard. Additionally, the new application Usage is added as a Technology Preview to “make it easy to diagnose and resolve performance and capacity issues”

GNOME 3.28 provides updated versions of many of the GNOME default applications. The ability to “star” items is added to both the Files and the Contacts applications. This allows the user to star an item — be it a file, folder, or a contact — for quick access later. Calendar now provides a neater month view, and weather updates displayed alongside your appointments.

For more information about all the new features and enhancements see GNOME 3.28’s release announcement and release notes.

Thunderbolt support

The use of Thunderbolt™ 3 peripherals is now supported in Fedora 28. Thunderbolt is the brand name of a hardware interface developed by Intel that allows the connection of external peripherals to a computer.

Fedora 28 ships with both boltd — the system daemon for securely connecting Thunderbolt devices — and changes to GNOME shell to connect these devices. Newly connected Thunderbolt devices are automatically enrolled by GNOME shell via the daemon if the current user is a system administrator and the session is unlocked. Subsequent connections of the same device will automatically authorize the device.

Improved emoji support

The Noto Color Emoji font is now the default for displaying Emoji on Fedora Workstation. This provides support for Unicode 10.0 emoji, including T-Rex (?), Hedgehog (?), Broccoli (?), and Curling Stone (?).

Fedora 28 Workstation features GNOME 3.28 applications and the latest open source applications, including GNOME Files, Firefox Quantum 60, Evolution Email Client 3.28, GNOME Calendar 3.28, GNOME contact 3.28, GNOME Photos 3.28, Gedit 3.28, GNOME Clock 3.28, Baobab 3.28, GNOME Document Viewer 3.28, LibreOffice 6.0, GNOME Boxes 3.28, GNOME System Monitor 3.28, GNOME Disks 3.28, Rhythmbox Music player 3.4.2.

Fedora 28 Workstation available 32 bit and 64 bit system. you can download it here. For more information about this release, you can read at Fedora 28 release notes.

Source : fedoramagazine.org

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