These are the Talking Points for the Fedora 31 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.
- 1 Overall Release Story
- 2 Fedora-Wide Changes and Improvements
- 3 Changes to talk about for regular users
- 4 Changes affecting security
- 5 Changes to talk about for developers
- 6 Fedora Silverblue
- 7 Fedora Server
- 8 Fedora Workstation
- 9 Fedora ARM (aarch64 and ARMv7)
- 10 Fedora IoT
- 11 Spins
- 12 Labs
- 13 Upgrading to the Latest Release
Overall Release Story
Fedora 31 Beta was released on 2019-04-02. Final release was released on 2019-05-07. Releases/30/Schedule
Fedora-Wide Changes and Improvements
- Bash (shell): upgraded to 5.0
- Fish (shell): upgraded to 3.0
- DeepinDE (desktop environment) now available
- Panthon Desktop (desktop environment) now available
Changes to talk about for regular users
- GNOME: upgraded to latest upstream release, 3.32.
- Flicker Free boot: Boot graphics improved, without abrupt graphical transitions.
Changes affecting security
- cryptsetup: uses LUKS2 as the default metadata format
- libcrypt: removed unsafe and deprecated functions
- GnuPG: GnuPG 2 is the default
Changes to talk about for developers
- Boost: upgraded to 1.69
- Erlang: upgraded to version 21
- GCC: upgraded to version 9
- glibc: upgraded to 2.29
- Golang: upgraded to 1.12
- PHP: upgraded to 7.3
- Ruby: upgraded to 2.6
- MongoDB: removed due to incompatible license
Linux System Roles
The Linux System Roles are a collection of roles executed by Ansible to assist Linux admins in the configuration of common GNU/Linux subsystems. Conceptually, the intent is to serve as an “API” to a given Linux distribution that is consistent across multiple major and minor releases.
For example: Linux admins used to configure the networking subsystem in Fedora via initscripts profiles, but are now configured via NetworkManager. In the future, networking may be commonly done via another implementation entirely. Targeting a consistent API for their configuration management logic, migrating datacenters across releases of Fedora (or from old downstream distros to current Fedora releases) involves much less work than rewriting the logic every several years.
linux-system-roles package exists in F28, F29 & F30, but only needs to be installed on the Ansible control node. In downstream distros such as RHEL & CentOS, it is named
Fedora 30 features GNOME 3.32 as the default desktop environment. GNOME 3.32 includes a number of enhancements, including: fractional scaling, an updated visual style, and fast in-app searching. For more information, see the release notes.
Fedora ARM (aarch64 and ARMv7)
- Move to uEFI as the default boot mechanism for ARMv7 devices
KDE Plasma Desktop
Upgrading to the Latest Release
To learn how to upgrade to the latest release from a recent Fedora release using DNF, see here.