Fedora 37 Now in Beta

The Fedora Project has announced the beta release of Fedora Linux 37, the latest version of the free and open source Fedora Linux operating system (OS).

"Fedora 37 Beta continues our community’s push to bring the latest and greatest fully open operating system innovations to our users, from the newest GNOME desktop environment to new Editions addressing specific technology use cases," said project lead Mathew Miller, in a blog post.

Fedora 37 Beta includes GNOME 43, which adds a new device security panel in Settings for more granular user information about hardware and firmware updates and status. Additional GNOME apps have been ported to the latest version of GTK Toolkit, which should bring better general performance and a cleaner, more modern look to these commonly used apps, Miller said.

The Fedora 37 beta release promotes two popular variants off the open-source OS to official "Editions." Editions are pre-configured to address specific user needs, like a developer workstation (Fedora Workstation, a Linux server) or an Internet-of-Things (IoT) device (Fedora IoT), Miller explained. These flavors of Fedora are already tuned to meet the general needs of these uses, he said, "… so there’s no need for users to have to broadly adjust settings or add components (but they still can if they want to!)."

The Fedora 37 Beta release adds Fedora CoreOS and Fedora Cloud Base to these existing Editions. Fedora CoreOS is an automatically-updating, minimal operating system for running containerized workloads securely and at scale. Fedora Cloud Base is a Fedora image tailored for creating general purpose virtual machines (VMs) across public and private clouds.

Also with this release, Raspberry Pi 4, the latest version of the low-cost Raspberry Pi computer, is now officially supported with Fedora 37 Beta, and the ARMv7 architecture support is deprecated. This release also adds a security policy that previews upcoming changes to the Fedora Project’s cryptographic capabilities as the community moves away from SHA-1 signatures.

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