Today is the day that many Linux users have been looking forward to – Fedora 36 has officially reached beta status. Yes, friends, you can download the pre-release version of the operating system right away! For many Linux users, Fedora is considered the most important distribution based on this open source kernel. Why? Because the distribution focuses on truly free and open-source software – a pure Linux experience. Hell, the father of Linux, Linus Torvalds, uses Fedora.
What makes Fedora 36 Beta so exciting? Well, this preview version of the upcoming operating system uses the brand new GNOME 42 as the default desktop environment. If you choose Fedora’s LXQt spin instead, you’ll be pleased to know that it now uses version 1.0 which was released late last year. Also, users with an NVIDIA GPU will be happy when using the proprietary graphics driver – GDM will use Wayland by default.
Mathew Miller, Project Manager Explain“Fedora 36 Workstation Beta includes GNOME 42, the latest version of the GNOME desktop environment. GNOME 42 includes a global dark style UI setting. It also has a redesigned screenshot tool. And many core GNOME applications have been ported to the latest version of the GTK toolkit, offering improved performance and a modern look.”
Ready to install Fedora 36 Beta with GNOME 42? You can enter the ISO here. If you prefer a “spin” of Fedora that uses a different desktop environment (such as KDE Plasma, Mate, or Cinnamon), you can download these here. The ARM variant, for devices like Raspberry Pi, is here. Before installing the operating system, be sure to read the full list of changes here. And remember, folks, this is a pre-release version of the OS, so you should expect bugs and potential data loss.