Note: Fedora Atomic Workstation has recently been renamed to Team Silverblue. Learn more here.
The Beta release of Fedora 28 is out, and it contains the usual assortment of good stuff:
- better battery life
- Thunderbolt support
- guest additions make Fedora work better in VirtualBox
- the latest GNOME release brings polish and new applications
- updated versions of tons of popular software
The announcement was highlighting all the ways in which you can try it out: there are isos for Workstation, Server and Atomic Host. One thing it forgot to point out is that you can also try Fedora 28 Beta in the form of the Atomic Workstation.
How do you get it ?
To install Fedora Atomic Workstation from scratch, use this iso:
If you already have an Atomic Workstation installation of Fedora 27, you can jump to Fedora 28 Beta with the rpm-ostree rebase command:
# rpm-ostree rebase atomic:fedora/28/x86_64/workstation
This assumes you have already an ostree remote pointing at the Fedora atomic repository. If not, this command creates one:
# ostree remote add --set=gpgkeypath=/etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-fedora-28-primary atomic https://kojipkgs.fedoraproject.org/atomic/repo
Whats new ?
Besides all the general Fedora 28 news, there are some improvements that are specific to the Atomic Workstation.
The version of GNOME software that is included in the Beta is now able to update the OS image. This is an outcome of our effort to close the feature gaps between the traditional and Atomic Workstation variants. I hope we can close a few more before Fedora 28 is released.
Where to learn more ?
And the #atomic irc channel on freenode is a good place to get answers to Atomic Workstation questions. Feel free to come by!
Update: Don’t forget that a fresh Atomic Workstation installation currently comes without any pre-configured flatpak remotes. You need to add one before GNOME Software can show you flatpak apps. The flathub remote can be added by clicking on this link: