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February 10, 2024

Introducing Fedora Atomic Desktops: The Latest Immutable Spins from Fedora Project

The Fedora Project announced today a new family of Fedora Linux spins called Fedora Atomic Desktops, which serves as an umbrella for all the current and future Fedora Linux spins that offer an immutable file system, based on rpm-ostree.

Announced nearly ten years ago, Project Atomic consists of a set of packages from an OS that have been pulled together with rpm-ostree to create a file system tree that can be deployed and updated as an atomic unit.

The Project Atomic has already seen a few spins since its creation, including Fedora Silverblue (formerly Fedora Atomic Workstation), Fedora Kinoite, Fedora Sericea, and last but not least Fedora Onyx, which features the Budgie desktop environment.

The Fedora Atomic Desktops brand was born from the need to simplify how future atomic spins are named, to make it easier for users to use these immutable Fedora Linux spins based on rpm-ostree, and to accommodate even more atomic spins featuring different desktop environments.

“Not having a unified way to talk about our atomic spins makes it harder to talk about them,” said Joseph Gayoso. “There is also confusion about what aspects of these spins are shared. For example, some folks may be looking for documentation on Kinoite not realizing that an article about Silverblue also applies to their problem.”

At the moment of writing, the Fedora Atomic Desktops brand consists of four atomic spins, including Fedora Silverblue, Fedora Kinoite, Fedora Sway Atomic (formerly Fedora Sericea), and Fedora Budgie Atomic (formerly Fedora Onyx).

“The nature of the OS is better described by atomicity than immutability.”

Fedora Project anticipates that more Fedora Linux spins will become part of the Fedora Atomic Desktops clan. It’s expected that these could showcase desktop environments like Xfce (Fedora Vauxite Atomic), as well as Pantheon from elementary OS, or even the forthcoming COSMIC desktop from System76, which is being developed using Rust.

In addition, the establishment of the Fedora Atomic Desktops brand was driven by the need to more accurately describe how rpm-ostree operates. This is particularly relevant given that Fedora Atomic spins are not truly immutable. Despite the read-only facets of mutability on a Fedora Atomic spin, there are methods to bypass these restrictions.

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