Development for Fedora 28 starts immediately after the release of Fedora 27. The new update comes with lots of improvement from the previous update. The latest release will provide battery improvement on laptops, slightly different initial setup and a possible secure Thunderbolt 3 support among other things.
Fedora has a dual release cycle in a year, that is six month release cycle . This means there are two fedora releases in a year. These releases are usually timed around May Day (1st of May) and Halloween (31st October). However, Fedora has a history of not keeping up the release dates. So the release schedule is only tentative and the dates may change for all the phases.
Below is the proposed release dates for the fedora 28.
- 6th Feb 2018
- 6th March 2018 – Beta freeze
- 27th March 2018 – Beta release
- 17th April 2018 – Final freeze
- 1st May 2018 – Fedora 28 final release
New features in Fedora 28
1.Improved battery life on laptops
Fedora 28 will deploy several tweaks on its own to provide improved battery life. Fedora 28 will have the following power management tweaks:
- Enabling auto-suspend for Intel HDA codecs saves around 0.4 W
- Enabling SATA ALPM by default saves up to 1.5 W
- Enabling i915 Panel Self Refresh by default saves around 0.5 W.
With these tweaks in place, some laptop models will see up to 30% of battery life improvements.
While ‘power users’ can do these tweaks manually and achieve the same result, the idea is to provide an out of the box experience to every Fedora user. Indeed a good thinking there.
2. Improved Virtual box.
Fedora 28 will see the addition of guest-drivers to the Fedora kernel package, packaging the user space-tools (Virtual Box Guest Additions) and adding the Virtual Box Guest Additions package to the default package list for the Workstation product.
This means there will be a better experience using fedora on virtualbox.
Fedora 28 will also feature the latest version of GNOME desktop environment, GNOME 3.28. You can find the new features in GNOME 3.28 on its official website.
4. New Additional Wallpapers.
Those using fedora can testify to the fact that fedora has amazing wallpapers. The new additional wallpapers are really cute .
5. Other notable changes in Fedora 28
- Secure Thunderbolt 3 support
- Users can type either emoji annotation or Unicode names on the same dialog
- Ruby 2.5
- GCC 8
- Django 2.0
- Erlang 20
- GHC 8.2
- Golang 1.10.
The fedora 28 Beta release is now ready for public testing, bringing many of the latest Open Source and GNU/Linux technologies. Among these, we can mention the recently released GNOME 3.28 desktop environment for Fedora 28 Workstation, and a new modular repository for Fedora 28 Server. click here to download the fedora 28 beta version