Fedora 36 is one of the best options for new Linux users
For a very long time, Fedora has been a distro best used by those with extensive Linux experience. It was a state-of-the-art operating system, which meant that it came with all the latest software. This alone creates an awkward situation for new users as things might tend to break.
But over the years, Fedora has felt less and less like an operating system that should only be used by those with a lot of experience. And with the release of Fedora 36, now is the time to label the distro for what it has become: an exceptional operating system, whether you’ve used Linux or not.
That’s right, I’m here to tell you that Fedora Linux is ready for prime time and can be used by anyone, whether you’ve touched Linux or not.
But why would you even? Okay, that’s the big question here and the answer comes in many forms, such as:
- Are you tired of Windows crashing?
- Random Windows updates have been constantly wasting your valuable time and work.
- Your computer does not support Windows 11.
- You need more security from your operating system.
- You want your operating system to behave the way you want it to, not the way a company told you to.
- Chromebooks don’t have enough flexibility and power.
- Apple hardware is too expensive.
Whatever your reason, you’re probably looking for something that doesn’t suffer from the above issues. If so, you have plenty of options. And with the release of Fedora 36, there is yet one more option that should be pre-selected for these out-of-the-box operating systems for new users.
Fedora 36 is so good.
What makes Fedora 36 so good?
You’re probably wondering why, out of nowhere, Fedora 36 should now be competing with Ubuntu Linux, Linux Mint, and ZorinOS? Part of the reason is GNOME 42. This iteration of the desktop environment takes all the amazing new features found in GNOME 40/41 and tweaks them to perfection. The horizontal workflow (Figure 1) makes it incredibly easy to get things done.
But instead of going through a list of all the new features found in GNOME 42, I want to show how the desktop helps make Fedora 36 so easy to use. Let’s look at how you can share folders with other computers on your network. Fedora and GNOME now make this incredibly simple. Here is what you do:
- Open settings
- Go to Sharing
- Click the On/Off slider until it is in the On position
- Click File Sharing and in the resulting window (Figure 2), click the new On/Off slider until it is in the On position.
Once you’ve taken care of the above, the Public folder in your home directory (i.e. /home/USER/Public – where USER is your Linux username) will appear on the network as than available share (picture 3).
The new File Sharing feature is a great example of how Fedora 36 takes great care to make sure everything is working properly. And by shipping with Linux kernel 5.17, your new hardware should be automatically recognized without issue.
Everything is working.
Once upon a time, it was a mantra that was relegated to distros like Ubuntu. The fact that Fedora has finally reached this pinnacle of “just works” speaks volumes about the work the Fedora team has done for the platform. I’ve installed Fedora 36 several times and haven’t had a single problem yet. And given that this build is still in beta, that’s saying something.
Features and changes
For those who prefer to know what’s new and improved with their distros, here’s the shortlist for Fedora 36:
- Wayland is the default X server for those using the proprietary NVIDIA driver.
- Noto fonts are used as the default system font.
- RPM databases are moved from /usr to /var.
- The /var directory is now on its own Btrfs subvolume (for Silverblue and Kinoite installations).
- Legacy support for network configuration files in NetworkManager has been removed.
- CC 12
- GNU C 2.35 Library
- LLVM 14
- OpenSSL 3.0
- Autoconf 2.71
- Ruby 3.1
- Rubygem Cucumber 7.1.0
- Ruby on Rails 7.0
- Go 1.18
- OpenJDK 17
- libfi 3.4
- OpenLDAP 2.6.1
- Ansible 5
- Django 4.0
- PHP 8.1
- PostgreSQL 14
- Podman 4.0
- MLT 7.4
- Stratis 3.0.0
The only oddity
With the release of GNOME 42, two long-standing applications have been replaced: Gedit and Gnome Terminal. Although Fedora 36 benefits from Gedit’s replacement, Text Editor, it does not include the new terminal application. Why this is the case, I have no idea. I hope the Fedora developers will make sure to include the new Terminal app, as it’s a much cleaner and simpler app that fits better with the new look of GNOME. If I had to guess, I’d say the new terminal app just isn’t ready (although it does ship with GNOME OS – which is the distro dedicated to showing off what’s new in the desktop environment).
Regardless of this solitary quirk, everything in Fedora 36 looks and feels sublime. Apps open incredibly fast, look great, and behave exactly as expected. If you’re looking for a new operating system, one that won’t let you down, you’d be sorry if you didn’t consider Fedora 36 a top contender.
To download a copy, go to Fedora Download Page.