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Anaconda Changes

This section covers changes in the Anaconda installer, including changes in the graphical and text mode interactive installers, Kickstart, and installer boot options.

Changes in the Graphical Interface

The Manual Partitioning screen will now display a drop-down menu which allows you to select the LUKS version if the volume or partition is being encrypted. The menu is hidden if you do not use encryption on the volume or partition.

Changes in the Text Mode Interface

When using a Kickstart file in that requires a default LUKS passphrase to finish partitioning, Anaconda in text mode will now pause and prompt you to enter the passphrase.

Kickstart Changes

Several new options which enable you to change encryption settings (--luks-version, --pbkdf, and --pbkdf-memory) are now available for Kickstart commands autopart, logvol, part, and raid.

Other Anaconda Changes

This release brings additional progress on Anaconda modularization, an initiative that began in previous releases:

The Anaconda modularization effort will continue in subsequent Fedora releases.


Fedora 29 provides the DNF package manager version 4. Notable changes include:

  • A new module dependency resolver that resolves modular context and handles stream expansion properly.

  • Support for platform pseudo-modules - see module_platform_id in the dnf.conf(5) man page.

  • A new history database.

Note that due to improvements in modularity implementation and dependency resolution, you may encounter errors with older modular repositories such as Fedora 28 if you use them with the upgraded DNF version. Also note that ongoing DNF stack consolidation and a large amount of existing Python code being rewritten into libdnf (in C++ with SWIG bindings to Python), while the DNF team put an emphasis on preserving compatibility and maintaining an identical user experience, there may be differences and regressions due to the scope and nature of this work.

For full information about DNF 4, see the DNF and libdnf spec changelogs.

Fedora Scientific Vagrant Box

The Fedora Scientific spin now ships as a Vagrant box in addition to an ISO image, allowing you to bypass the installation process and run it straight in a virtual machine. See the Virtualization section for details.

New Fedora Workstation installations hide the boot menu by default

See System Utilities for details.