Fedora 30 releases with GCC 9.0, GNOME 3.32, performance improvements, and much more!

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Last month, the Fedora team announced the release of Fedora 30 Beta version. Just last week, the Fedora team broke the news of the release of Fedora 30 that serves as the staging environment for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. This release comes with a number of improvements and performance optimizations.

What’s new in Fedora 30?

GCC 9.0

This release uses GCC 9.0 which brings performance improvements across all applications that have been recompiled with this version. This release also features a flicker-free boot process that hides the GRUB loader/kernel select screen by default and also relies on creative theming to incorporate the bootsplash image into the loading process.

GNOME 3.32

This release has been shipped with GNOME 3.32 that includes all-new app icons that use a new visual language reminiscent of Google’s Material Design guidelines. GNOME 3.32 provides more robust support for HiDPI displays including experimental non-integer scaling.

Performance improvements

This release comes with performance improvements including an upgrade to Bash 5.0, Boost 1.69, and glibc to 2.29. In this release, even Python 2 packages have been removed and Ruby 2.6 and PHP 7.3 has been updated.

Excessive linking for Fedora-built packages has been removed, which will improve startup times and smaller metadata files. This release also brings UEFI for ARMv7 devices that makes it possible to install Fedora on UEFI-compatible ARM hardware that is similar to installing on an arbitrary computer.

New packages for desktop environments

This release includes packages for DeepinDE and Pantheon, the desktop environments that are used in Deepin Linux, also known as “the single most beautiful desktop on the market” by TechRepublic’s Jack Wallen. These packages require a simple and manual installation process.

Most of the users are happy and excited about this news. A user commented on HackerNews, “Love this, switched today! Definitely the most easy to use distro out there and, especially in the case of Silverblue, the most modern by far (containers only!).”

Few others are complaining about the bugs in this release. Another user commented, “This is good distro for developers by developers. I wouldn’t suggest it for everyday users though. There are too many beta quality bugs since it uses really bleeding edge releases.”

To know more about this news, check out the Fedora 30’s official announcement.

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