Steve August 2, 2020

Fedora 33 is the next installment of the Fedora Linux operating system for the desktop workstation, servers, and all of its spins.

The release is in the development phase right now. At this stage, some information is available on the new features, changes of Fedora 33 – and it is going to be one of the biggest releases of Fedora.

With Fedora 33 release some of the major feature coming up – in both workstation and server flavors of this operating system. I have compiled a list of tentative changes from the changeset for you. Here they are.

Fedora Workstation 32 - GNOME Desktop
Fedora Workstation 32 – GNOME Desktop

Fedora 33 – Features and Changes

  • Fedora 33 workstation spins (KDE, GNOME, etc) will have the Btrfs file system as default rather than EXT4. Btrfs file system brings additional benefits over the EXT4 file system. Btrfs brings transparent file-system compression, SSD storage optimizations, native RAID support, better low disk space handling, and many more. All these advanced features are now part of the upcoming Fedora 33. To support Btrfs file-system lots of patches are being worked on the Fedora 33 kernel.

It is worth mentioning that Ubuntu still uses EXT4 as default file-system of choice while working on OpenZFS alongside with other Linux distributions.

  • The Fedora 33’s Anaconda installer will default Btrfs file-system partitioning for all desktop spins. Not sure whether this option would be available for custom partitioning.
  • The GNU C Library- glib is now version 2.32 in Fedora 33
  • Golang is updated with 1.15
  • Java runtime version is updated with java-1.8.0-openjdk to java-11-openjdk
  • Python 3.9
  • Perl 5.32
  • RPM version is updated to 4.16
  • nano is the default text editor for Fedora 33
  • EarlyOOM is now enabled in Fedora KDE spin. This was enabled by default in Fedora 32.
  • The Fedora 33 desktop workstation spins will also have their respective distributions latest release.
  • Fedora 33 Workstation – GNOME 3.38 (default)
  • KDE Plasma 5.20
  • XFCE 4.14 (?)
  • LxQT 0.15 (?)
  • LXDE ??
  • Cinnamon ??
  • Mate ??

?? = Not found any info so far, I will update once I have them.

Fedora 33 – Release Dates (tentative)

The release schedule of Fedora 33 looks like this as per the plan. However, in the past, Fedora release delayed by several weeks for various reasons. So the dates are as part of the plan and may change as the release day approaches.

  • Beta Feature Freeze – August 2020 (end)
  • First Beta – September 2020 (mid)
  • Final Freeze – October 2020
  • Final Release – October 20th, 2020

Download Fedora 33

At the moment, no early test image is available for download for Fedora 33. So, you need to wait until September 2020 for the first Beta release to try Fedora 33.

This post is continually updated as the information available. So, bookmark the page for the latest updates.


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