After being delayed three times, the Beta of the upcoming Fedora 24 Linux operating system has finally arrived today, May 10, 2016, as announced a few moments ago by Fedora Project’s Paul W. Frields.
Shipping with the recently released GNOME 3.20.1 desktop environment (by default only for the Workstation Edition), the latest GNU C Library 2.23 and GNU Compiler Collection 6, Fedora 24 Beta is powered by the newest Linux 4.5.2 kernel and includes lots of improvements and bug fixes over the Alpha build.
“The Fedora 24 Workstation release will not default to Wayland, the next generation graphic stack, but this is planned for future releases. Wayland is available as an option, and the Workstation team would greatly appreciate your help in testing it out. Our goal is to have one full release where Wayland works almost seamlessly as a drop in replacement for X11,” said Paul W. Frields, ex-Fedora Project leader, in today’s announcement.
Fedora 24 launches June 14, 2016
The development cycle of the Fedora 24 GNU/Linux operating system has not ended, though there will be no more milestones for us to test, and the Final Freeze stage will be in effect starting end of the month, on May 31, 2016. After that, the final release of Fedora 24 should hit the streets on June 14, if everything goes according to plan.
But, until then, if you want to help the Fedora devs resolve the remaining issues before the final Fedora 24 release gets out, we recommend downloading today’s Beta release, install it on a separate partition or disk drive on your personal computer, and report any bugs or annoyances you might find. However, please try to keep in mind that this is a pre-release version, not yet ready for production use.