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The past year was challenging for the Fedora Project due to the changes introduced by the COVID-19 outbreak, but we still expertly delivered two releases Fedora Linux 34 and Fedora Linux 35 🎉. Check Fedora Linux 34 ChangeSet & Fedora Linux 35 ChangeSet to see what's new in last 2 releases.
On the Fedora community side, Nest With Fedora brought together over 700 Fedorans—nearly twice the size of Nest 2020. We also had an extremely successful Fedora Linux 34 and Fedora Linux 35 Release Parties. We expanded our annual Fedora Women’s Day to Fedora Week of Diversity, celebrating the rich diversity that makes Fedora a great community. It ran from October 3rd to October 9th and featured a series of interviews with community members telling their Fedora stories. We also started a recommended Resources page in the D&I Team Docs that we will continue to improve upon.
We upgraded the way we communicate, bringing more conversation to Discussion and adding a new chat server using the open Matrix protocol. And all of that featured our new logo, introduced last year.
Fedora Workstation 34 led the way among major desktop distributions by featuring GNOME 40—a significant improvement to the widely-used desktop environment. We also changed the default audio system to PipeWire.
Beyond the desktop, the Server Working Group, which had been stagnant for a while, sprung back to life this year. The team has been busy updating documentation and helping to keep Fedora Server valuable to sysadmins. Fedora CoreOS added the aarch64 architecture this year. And the Cloud Working Group made big improvements to Fedora Cloud by switching the default filesystem to BTRFS and adding hybrid BIOS & UEFI support.
Our project leader Matthew Miller's 'Looking back on 2021 and ahead to an amazing new year' is a good read to catch up briefly of all we have acheived last year.
With the release of F35 in November 2021, Fedora Linux 36 is now in the making! Do you have any ideas or suggestions for future releases? Join the devel mailing list where development and testing discussion happens. The Fedora Project will continue to hold virtual events in 2022, such as release parties, virtual team meet ups, and Fedora Week of Diversity. We are excited about how successful our 2020 and 2021 events went, and we are going to continue to improve them this year. The silver lining of being all virtual is we are able to reach a broader audience of Fedorans than ever before. We welcome you to join our Fedora community events: share your own story, listen to what the rest of the community has to say, and meet the faces behind this global project.
Are you new to The Fedora Project and you don’t know where to start? You can start by joining #join on our Matrix home server, @joinfedora on Telegram or IRC on Libera Chat, where a welcoming group of Fedorans will help/guide you. The Fedora Join Special Interest Group is made up of new and old contributors who have a passion for Fedora and helping others get involved. They help you with:
We are excited to meet you at FOSDEM 2022! Please join us for a dedicated Social Hour at 3PM UTC on both Saturday February 5th & 6th. More info in our chatroom.
Event badges are an excellent addition to your Fedora Badge collection. Join our Fedora Project Stand chatroom on Element to learn more about Fedora Badges and grab yours today!