Fedora 26 Alpha released

The Fedora project has announced public availability of Fedora 26 Alpha for testing. This is first development release of Fedora 26 which is scheduled to release later in this year. This release announcement is applicable for all variations of Fedora such as Fedora Workstation, Fedora spins, Fedora Lab and ARM distributions.

For the first time, Fedora Spins also includes LXQt flavor, a lightweight, Qt based desktop environment which is expected to be a replacement for LXDE in near future.


A detailed list of changes approved for Fedora 26 can be found in approved change set published in Fedora Wiki pages. Some of those changes are already in place and mature enough. While some other changes are cutting edge and another set of changes are yet to be implemented. Following are some notable highlights expected in Fedora 26 final release.
  • GNOME 3.24
  • Enable resolving all users through the sss NSS modules for better performance. 
  • A new Python Classroom Lab will be created in 3 variants: Workstation based, Docker based and Vagrant based
  • A preview release for modular server
  • Update to GCC 7.x and build all or some of the packages with it. If it is not possible to build all of the packages against GCC 7.x, then target it for Fedora 27.
  • Golang 1.8
  • Ruby 2.4
  • Enable systemd core dump by default. Later this can be accessed using coredump tool.
  • Retire the xorg-x11-drv-synaptics driver and remove it from user's install.
  • Update package manager DNF to version 2.0
  • Update python to version 3.6
You may also find release announcement in Fedora Magazine.

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