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In contrast to Ubuntu, Fedora has used Wayland for several years. This release includes a bundle of enhancements to make Wayland practical with KDE's Plasma. Another major difference from Ubuntu 21.04 is that Fedora 34 Workstation uses the full Gnome 40 for its desktop environment.

As usual with a Fedora release, this one also incorporates cutting edge technology. The default Btrfs filesystem improves the speed and reduces the size of compressed files by using zstd. Even more importantly, the long-awaited PipeWire replaces the temperamental PulseAudio for managing sound. If, like many users, you have struggled to get PulseAudio to work on your system, the introduction of PipeWire alone may make Fedora 34 WorkStation worth your time.

Like all Fedora releases, this latest one consists of only free software, as well as some first glimpses of new applications that will later find their way into Red Hat Enterprise Linux and, eventually, other distributions as well. Beginners may struggle with Fedora, but experienced users should find it a snapshot of the latest in Linux.

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