The Fedora Project has announced the release of Fedora 34 BETA, a testing release of Fedora - which a milestone for the Fedora 34 stable release planned at the end of April 2021. This release announcement includes Workstation, Server, IoT editions, Fedora Spins and Labs, and special images for ARM devices.

Fedora 34 BETA preview

Fedora 34 BETA showcases the features and improvements planned for the final release and provides an opportunity for testers and early birds to get their hands on the Fedora 34 features.

What’s new in Fedora 34 BETA?

  • Fedora 34 BETA Workstation and the upcoming stable release features GNOME 40, a redesigned - and mostly rewritten release of GNOME. GNOME 40 brings a redesigned activities overview and enhancements to other core components. Read what’s new in GNOME 40.
  • Fedora 34 BETA will see a transition from PulseAudio to PipeWire for mixing and managing audio steams. The PipeWire will support low-latency for professional use cases, and thus will be a single option for both desktop users and professional users. Also, it is better designed to meet the needs of containers and flatpak applications.
  • After introducing Brtfs as the default file system in Fedora 33, Fedora 34 BETA implements transparent compression to optimize disk usage. This compression will improve read/write time for larger files, and thus increases the time efficiency.
  • Fedora Linux 34 BETA brings better handling for out-of-memory (OOM) situations by enabling systemd-oomd by default.

For more highlights on Fedora 34 BETA release, see the official release announcement published on Fedora Magazine.

Fedora 34 BETA Workstation screenshots

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