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This is a draft only for discussion. This is not a final set of talking points, nor are all of the features listed here complete at the time of this draft. Please do a reality check before using these talking points as anything other than a discussion draft!

These are the Talking Points for the Fedora 25 release. For information on how these talking points were chosen, see Talking Points SOP. They are intended to help Ambassadors quickly present an overview of highlighted features when talking about the release, and to help drive content for the release, etc.

The talking points are based in part on the Change Set for this release.

Overall Release Story

Fedora-Wide Changes and Improvements

  • Docker updated to version 1.12
  • Support for weaker certificate authorities (i.e. 1024-bit) has been removed
  • Node.js updated to version 6.x
    • New and great version of the popular server-side JavaScript engine
  • "Secondary architectures" now "Alternate architectures"

Fedora Cloud

Terms of interest:

  • Fedora Atomic
  • Fedora Open Shift Playground
  • Docker
  • Kubernetes
  • Ansible

Perhaps most useful for typical Fedora user is to know where they can use these, what can use these for and how to migrate from desktop experience to running own services on a hosting platform or their own server.

Cloud overview

Fedora Server


  • SELinux Troubleshooter module: Cockpit now has a SELinux Troubleshooter module similar to Fedora Workstation
    • If system encounters an SELinux denial, will display information about the issue as well as suggestions for correcting the issue if it was unexpected
    • Without the module, an administrator has to notice a denial occurred, dig through log files for the denial, and search for workarounds – the SELinux Troubleshooter presents information clearly and to the point all from the convenience of Cockpit
  • Displays host SSH keys in the system dashboard: Easy to see and understand what SSH keys are added to the system for connecting to the machine
  • Includes support for network teaming, Docker volume and storage management as well as the creation of systemd timer units
  • Supports multi-step (incl. 2FA) authentication

Fedora Workstation

  • New Fedora media writer: The new Fedora Media Writer is a tool that downloads the latest stable Fedora for you. It then helps you write it to media such as a USB stick, so you can take Fedora for a spin on your system. If you like what you see, you can install to your system from the live environment. The Fedora Media Writer is available for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux.
  • Wayland by default:
    • Wayland is the replacement for the legacy X11 display system. Wayland has been under development for several years. While like most software it still has some bugs, we believe it's ready to serve as a default that works for many users.
    • Users can still select the old X11 system if necessary to avoid a problem that affects them.
  • Improved Flatpak support in the Software tool: The Software tool has the ability to install, update, and remove Flatpak software where a Fedora system is configured to point to a repo that offers it.
  • GNOME Shell extensions are no longer checked for compatibility with the current version of the Shell. This was originally required because the GNOME interfaces were changing rapidly during the early days of GNOME 3. Now these interfaces have stabilized, and extensions can generally be expected to work with new releases. Any problems with an extension should be reported to the author through the homepage, as listed on the Extensions site.


KDE Desktop

New packages


Usage instructions

To try out KDE instead of the default GNOME desktop environment, see the KDE wiki page. More information is on the KDE announcements page.


  • xfce4-terminal:
    • Ported to gtk3 and vte291
    • Lots of bugfixes
    • Support for unlimited scrollback buffer
    • Support for magnet links, zooming
    • Tons of translation updates
  • xfce4-power-manager:
    • Bunch of bugfixes and translation updates.
  • xfce4-notifyd:
    • Ported to gtk3
    • Better theming capabilities.
  • Xfce live image now contains Firefox


  • Ported to gtk3


Design Suite

  • Named Best of the Basics by MakeUseOf
  • Inherit batch renaming for Nautilus file manager: a welcome feature for photographers
  • Inclusion of fonts like Molot and Grand Hotel (needed for Fedora Magazine)
  • GNOME Photos available as a preview