The Fedora Linux distribution is sponsored and backed by Red Hat. It's available for free and acts as a sort of testing ground for Red Hat's flagship operating system, Red Hat Enterprise Linux. As a result, Fedora contains many of the newest ideas and bleeding edge technology. Things that perform well on Fedora for some time will usually end up making their way into the commercially available RHEL distribution.

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Being backed by a Linux giant like Red Hat certainly has its perks. Fedora behaves a lot like RHEL and shares a lot of the same features that you'd normally expect to pay for. CentOS makes its way into the ring as well, but that's more geared towards servers and systems that need unwavering stability.

Fedora sits a lot closer to the edge. It's a prime candidate for users that want to experience the latest developments in Linux and its related software. It has several editions available, depending on what kind of system you'd like to run it on.

Fedora Workstation running GNOME desktop
Fedora Workstation running GNOME desktop

Fedora Release Schedule


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Like we said, Fedora sits on the edge. It publishes stable releases every six months - far more frequently than almost any other distribution. It also has a rolling release named Fedora Rawhide, if you'd like even sooner access to the latest software.

Download Fedora

Head over to Fedora's website to access the ISO installer images. First, you'll need to select what edition of Fedora you want. Fedora Workstation is for desktop and laptop computers, Fedora Server is for servers, and there are also some containerized versions and IoT downloads available.

Fedora's download page also includes software for Fedora Media Writer, which is software that allows you to test out Fedora with a live image. This can be installed to a USB drive and booted to.

Closing Thoughts

For those that want to experience the most recent Linux technology, Fedora is a perfect choice. Fedora has more editions available than many other distros, and they are updated very frequently.

If you're looking for a more stable and predictable choice in the Red Hat family, RHEL will top the list but CentOS is the best free alternative. All of these Red Hat-based distros are good choices but meant for different scenarios.

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