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Yesterday, the Fedora team announced the release of Fedora 31. This release brings in a few visual changes and performance improvements for Fedora users.

Key changes and features in Fedora 31

Let us take a look at the key changes and new features added in this release.

Latest GNOME 3.34 release brings in performance improvement

With the latest GNOME 3.34 update, Fedora Workstation users will find certain visual changes and performance improvements. It will be easier to change the background or lock screen wallpaper with GNOME 3.34. In addition to this, users can create application folders in the overview to organize app drawer.

Basically, new features included in GNOME 3.34 directly reflects in this release. You can check out the official blog post by GNOME.org that covers important changes with GNOME 3.34 for Fedora 31.

Dropping 32-bit support

In this release, users will no longer find 32-bit bootable images. The team has completely dropped the support for 32-bit i686 kernel. However some of the most popular 32-bit packages like Steam and Wine will continue to work.

Docker package removed

If you are using Docker, it is worth noting that this release has enabled CGroups V2 by default and removed Docker package.

The official Fedora wiki page highlights this particular change as follows:

“The Docker package has been removed from Fedora 31. It has been replaced by the upstream package moby-engine, which includes the Docker CLI as well as the Docker Engine. However, we recommend instead that you use podman, which is a Cgroups v2-compatible container engine whose CLI is compatible with Docker’s. Fedora 31 uses Cgroups v2 by default.”

Updated packages in Fedora 31

Several packages are updated, some of the notable upgrades are:

Updated Fedora flavors & improved hardware support

For desktop users, Fedora Workstation matters, but this release will have a significant impact on other Fedora editions like Fedora Astronomy, Fedora IoT and so on. The team has improved support for certain SoCs like Rock64, RockPro 64 and several other chips.

If you want more details on this news, you can take a look at the official Fedora changelog page.

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