Fedora 31 is now available!

by Team Silverblue –

We are proud to announce the release of Silverblue 31. Please download it and let us know what you think about this release!

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This release includes some exciting improvements, such as:

  • Several toolbox optimisations and tighter integrations with libpod (podman) and the host system
  • GNOME being updated to version 3.34
  • CgroupsV2 becoming our default control groups

Please, also take a look at the Fedora 31 release announcement. This includes an overall summary of improvements common to all of our Fedora flavours

As always, before installing or upgrading your system to Silverblue 31, make sure to check the latest known issues:

Thanks for using Fedora Silverblue!

Fedora 30 has been released today!

by Matthias Clasen and Sanja Bonic –

Exactly 6 months after the Fedora 29 release, here is Fedora 30! And Silverblue is part of it. Please try it and tell us what you think!

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The highlights in this release include

  • A much improved Toolbox, with documentation
  • Better support for Flatpak and rpm-ostree in GNOME Software
  • Support for installing the NVidia driver and Chrome via package layering
  • Flatpaks are available out-of-the box in the Fedora registry.

Enjoy!

Some Organizational Changes to Fedora Silverblue

by Matthias Clasen and Sanja Bonic –

Fedora Silverblue is growing and Fedora in general has a new strategy. In order to reflect this, we have decided to only use the Fedora Silverblue website at Fedora (that means no more teamsilverblue) and ask the community about their preference regarding where the sources and issue tracker shall live. Please vote by December 20, 2018. You can also find the long-term planning on where things should be in the voting thread.

Fedora 29 has been released today!

by Matthias Clasen and Sanja Bonic –

This is a big milestone for us. Silverblue is part of a Fedora release for the first time. If you haven't yet, please try the Fedora 29 Silverblue variant and tell us what you think!

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And just in time for Fedora 29, we have the first version of the Fedora Toolbox ready for testing as well!

The toolbox is using container technology to bring back your familiar tools and development environment on top of the immutable Silverblue base, for the best of both worlds.

Follow Debarshi's instructions to try out Fedora toolbox.

Congratulations, Flatpak!

by Matthias Clasen and Sanja Bonic –

Flatpak has reached a major milestone today, with its 1.0 release.

We in Team Silverblue are all excited and happy to use Flatpak 1.0 as the solid foundation for application deployment and execution in Fedora Silverblue.

Keep it coming! ️💓📦💓📦

Welcome to the party, Fedora CoreOS!

by Matthias Clasen and Sanja Bonic –

As we learned yesterday, the Fedora family is growing!

We in Team Silverblue are all excited and happy that Fedora CoreOS will join us to push the limits of immutable operating systems and container technology in the larger Fedora family.

If you are interested in helping out, please join Team Silverblue. And if you think your use case would be a good fit for an image-based desktop OS, we'd like to hear from you!

We aim to make good progress on this project for Fedora 29 and plan to make Silverblue the preferred Workstation variant by Fedora 30.

Visit the Fedora Silverblue website to learn more and follow us on Twitter to get the latest updates.

A look around Team Silverblue

by Matthias Clasen and Sanja Bonic –

A few weeks ago, we introduced Team Silverblue as a new initiative in Fedora.

Now it is time to take a deeper look and see what the project is about and how it works.

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Goals and Deliverables

Before we chose the name Team Silverblue, the team was the Fedora Atomic Workstation SIG, and the Atomic Workstation is what we are producing, now under its new name, Silverblue. At its core, it is a variant of the Fedora Workstation which uses rpm-ostree to provide an immutable OS image with reliable updates and easy rollbacks.

The concrete goals of the Team Silverblue project are to provide excellent support for container-based workflows and make Silverblue the preferred variant of Fedora Workstation. We want to reach these goals by the time Fedora 30 is released.

To get there, we need to close a number of remaining gaps in the Flatpak and OSTree support in GNOME Software, and improve the support for contrainer-based workflows in the desktop.

  • Install all desktop apps as Flatpaks
  • Support package layering for OS extensions in GNOME Software
  • Good support for "pet containers" in the desktop
  • Support rollbacks in GNOME Software
  • Support rebases in GNOME Software
  • Support kernel modules in rpm-ostree

You can take a look at our issue tracker to find out more about these and other tasks.

Infrastructure

Like most projects, Fedora Silverblue has a website (the one you're on now, in fact). It serves as the central point for information around Silverblue. Over time, we hope to make this a go-to place for learning more about Linux and containers.

The Silverblue iso image and OSTree repository are built and hosted in the Fedora build infrastructure.

If you want to get in touch with team members, there are several ways:

  • The Silverblue community is an excellent place to ask a question or discuss Silverblue topics
  • Alternatively, there is a #silverblue IRC channel on freenode
  • If you want to report an issue or make a suggestion, you can use the issue tracker

Introducing Team Silverblue

by Matthias Clasen and Sanja Bonic –

Good news, everyone! In some parts of the world it is still May the 4th. And with this date comes great responsibility. Let's talk about Silverblue.

The Atomic variant of Fedora Workstation has been around for a few years. It has been a low-key operation that only a few people knew about and used. By now, most of the necessary pieces of infrastructure for a good desktop experience have fallen into place, and it is time to bring the Atomic Workstation to a bigger audience.

Atomic Workstation is dead. Long live Silverblue.
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The Team Silverblue project is about taking the last few steps for turning the Atomic Workstation variant into a first-class product, and making it as good or better than the traditional variant for most use cases. A particular focus will be on developers, and we are working on better support for container-based workflows and pet containers in the desktop.

If you are interested in helping out, please join Team Silverblue. And if you think your use case would be a good fit for an image-based desktop OS, we'd like to hear from you!

We aim to make good progress on this project for Fedora 29 and plan to make Silverblue the preferred Workstation variant by Fedora 30.

Visit the Fedora Silverblue website to learn more and follow us on Twitter to get the latest updates.