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Looking forward to Fedora 37 the beta is amazing

Today, I am checking out the Fedora 37 beta preview because I read many good reviews. Spoiler alert! The next version of Fedora is shaping up to be AMAZING and no it’s time to start testing. To preview Fedora’s next version of Linux, I’ve installed the latest beta ISO in a virtual machine. I use virtual machines a lot and just wrote a blog post about the missing 3440×1440 ultrawide 21:9 resoltuion

First impressive change.
I was able to set the correct resolution right after rebooting the new Fedora 37 beta. This was the first of many pleasant surprises. The install went without issues and once I logged in, I was able to drag and drop files between the two operating systems. AMAZING!

Fedora 37 beta is amazing
The next version of Fedora, 37 is shaping up to be an amazing release

Download Fedora 37 Beta ISO

If you want to try the next version of Fedora then you can download the Beta 37 ISO now
Navigate to the parent directory if your system is not using x86_64.
Verifying the download is a must. The checksum file is provided and as of today, September 10, looks like this:

# Fedora-Workstation-Live-x86_64-37_Beta-1.5.iso: 2023927808 bytes
SHA256 (Fedora-Workstation-Live-x86_64-37_Beta-1.5.iso) = 84b85cadce497b880c12882c1fd6eb019ec8f0d58e45024dbbbdbdedc58ea2d3

If you need a refresher on verifying the authenticity then you can find additional information here

Fedora 37 Gnome 43 Extensions

The Gnome 43 extensions development always lags somewhat behind but it’s still early and therefore not a big deal. Dash to Dock installed nicely and once configured, gave me the same quick workflow as my regular setup. If Gnome extensions are important to you then check if the developer has uploaded an updated version. The current 42 extensions will not install but should be ready when the final version of Fedora 37 gets released.

Conclusion

First impressions matter and my install and usage experience could not have been better. I was especially impressed that the virtual machine resolution automatically adjusted itself to the window size. The current version, Fedora 36 needed a tweak to use the 3440×1440 ultrawide resolution. As you can see in the screenshot below, the Dash to Dock extension is already compatible with the next version of Gnome and once I changed the wallpaper, I no longer noticed that I am using a beta.

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Screenshot of Fedora Beta 37 running on QEMU

This is my first time testing a beta release and only happened because I woke up very early. Anyone who works in programming and/or graphics design knows that stability always trumps features. Luckily, virtual machines let us safely experiment with alternatives. When it comes to virtual machines, I use QEMU to run:

  • Fedora Server
  • A second Fedora 36 install for testing
  • Fedora 37 beta

All in all, I was very impressed with the Fedora 37 beta and definitely will spend more time working with it. I will keep using the beta for a while and update this article if something unexpected pops up. There will be a lot of updates before the official Beta 37 gets released and if nothing weird happens then I see no reason to switch sooner than usual.

Are you already using the latest Fedora 37 beta? If yes then leave a comment to let me know how you like it. Thank you for your time.

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