Fedora 36 is one of the best options for new Linux users

Fedora has long been a distribution best used by people with a lot of Linux experience. It was a cutting-edge operating system, which meant it came with the latest software. That alone makes a difficult situation for new users as things can tend to break.

But over the years, Fedora has felt less and less like an operating system that should only be used by experienced people. And with the release of Fedora 36, ​​it’s now time to mark the distribution for what it has become – an excellent operating system whether you’ve used Linux or not.

That’s right, I’m here to tell you that Fedora Linux is prime-time ready and can be used by anyone, whether you’ve touched Linux or not.

But why do you even want that? Okay, so that’s the big question here and the answer comes in many forms, such as:

  • You are fed up with Windows crashing.
  • Accidental Windows updates have always caused you to lose 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 how a company tells 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 this is the case, you have many options. And with the release of Fedora 36, ​​there’s yet another option to shortlist for these new user-ready operating systems.

Fedora 36 is so good.

What makes Fedora 36 so good?

You’re probably wondering why Fedora 36 would out of nowhere compete with the likes of Ubuntu Linux, Linux Mint, and ZorinOS? One reason for this is GNOME 42. This iteration of the desktop environment takes all the amazing new features of GNOME 40/41 and polishes them to perfection. The horizontal workflow (illustration 1) makes it incredibly easy to get things done.

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GNOME 42’s horizontal workflow makes it easy to launch applications on specific desktops and move applications already open to the virtual desktop of your choice.

But instead of going through a list of all the new features of GNOME 42, I want to demonstrate how the desktop helps make Fedora 36 so easy to use. Let’s explore how to share folders with other computers on your network. Fedora and GNOME now make this incredibly easy. Here’s what you do:

  • Open settings
  • Go to Share
  • Click the on/off slider until it is in the on position
  • Click on File Sharing and in the resulting window (Figure 2) click on the new On/Off slider until it is in the On position.
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Enable file sharing in Fedora 36.

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 an available share (figure 3).

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I can now see the shared folder listed as Jack’s public files on f36.

The new file sharing feature is a great example of how Fedora 36 goes to great lengths to make sure everything just works. And by shipping with Linux kernel 5.17, your newer hardware should be auto-detected without any problems.

Everything just works.

Once upon a time, it was a mantra that was relegated to distros like Ubuntu. The fact that Fedora has finally reached that pinnacle of “just works” speaks volumes for the work the Fedora team has done on the platform. I’ve installed Fedora 36 several times and haven’t encountered a single problem yet. And since this version is still in beta, that’s saying something.

The features and changes

For those who’d rather know what’s new and improved in their distributions, here’s the Fedora 36 shortlist:

  • 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 in its own Btrfs subvolume (for Silverblue and Kinoite installations).
  • Removed legacy support for network configuration files in NetworkManager.
  • CC 12
  • GNU C Library 2.35
  • LVM 14
  • OpenSSL 3.0
  • Autoconf 2.71
  • Ruby 3.1
  • Ruby gem cucumber 7.1.0
  • Ruby on Rails 7.0
  • Golang 1.18
  • OpenJDK 17
  • libffi 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 Lonely Oddity

With the release of GNOME 42, two long-standing applications were replaced: Gedit and Gnome Terminal. Although Fedora 36 enjoys the Gedit replacement Text Editor, it doesn’t include the new Terminal application. I have no idea why that is. I hope that the Fedora developers will ensure that the new Terminal application is integrated, as it is a much cleaner and simpler application that fits better with the new look of GNOME. If I had to guess, I’d say that the new Terminal application just isn’t ready yet (although it ships with GNOME OS – that’s the distribution geared towards showing what’s new in the desktop environment) .

That lonely oddity notwithstanding, everything in Fedora 36 looks and feels great. Applications open with amazing speed, look great and behave exactly as expected. If you’re looking for a new operating system that won’t let you down, you’d be remiss if you didn’t consider Fedora 36 a top contender.

To download a copy, visit the Fedora download page.

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