Since the future of Ubuntu is uncertain, and Pop!_OS is still an Ubuntu base, should we have a beginner’s guide to Fedora?
There have been videos on Fedora in the context of VFIO, but I feel a beginner’s guide is needed if choices are going to be limited soon with Ubuntu out of the picture with the added frustration of the complete removal of 32bit support.
Im all for fedora shilling but it’s not really that hard to get into. Workstation is a breeze to install and get running. It’s the fixing of broken things down the road that gets me every time. Hard to write a beginners guide to that.
if you must, try CentOS (LOL - depending on what you are trying to do) instead to start with as it has some sort of commercial third party vendor support
if you’re willing to tweak and hack to make things work, go nuts. it is somewhat bleeding edge and there will be blood.
@Adubs i agree with mostly - but things like steam games, gog games, etc. all assume ubuntu and are often either a minor annoyance or really awkward to make work. due to library differences. But unless you really do need/crave more recent software for whatever reason there are other easier ways to get by. Like… plain debian probably.
i do say this as someone running fedora 30 on 3 machines at the moment…
If this is about the 32 bit library end of life… Its about god damn time and if its true the future of ubuntu is brighter than ever. 32 bit needs to die. To often to many times is it going to be the cause of security issues. Any good programmers knows why this is such. It has to do with maintain compatibility to software thats so antiquated and vulnerable it should have died ages ago. So if its about that I would say its not uncertain but rather certainly bright… Also they did have some interesting package and version mismatches circa 1-2 months ago but something that big occurs every now and then and its nothing to fret over the future of a distribution. If its none of these then:
what are you even talking about?
As for a beginners guide to fedora. The fedora docs are a bang up beginners guide. I feel it would be generally redundant but if you want to write one id be interested in looking at it. Both Black Magic and NVIDIA are simple add repo/install rpm dkms build… reap the benefits installs… super easy so I dont know what you mean by tricky
However if you are speaking about the RPMfusion repos… they are slightly more difficult but fedoras documentation is phenomenal and any even a beginner linux user can follow the steps and not have issues
Specific versions of drivers in a “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” stance simply doesn’t work with constant Kernel and GCC updates. This is why I wanted a Kernel selector like Manjaro’s Kernel selector with support for GCC version locking too because sometimes you want it to remain stable at a certain combination of drivers.
Of course if you’re rolling release, that doesn’t matter at all.
The official DE of Fedora Workstation… like I said its an easy 1,2,3 IDK why people are saying its hard… It was hard back in the heisenbug days… its not hard anymore to my knowledge (which is up to date with fedora 30)
We would all like a clarification on this statement.
However yes 32 bit phasing out is expected everywhere ubuntu is just the first to do it so people jump on the hate bangwagon where as the last to do it gets the praise bandwagon. This is what ive seen on all forums I sit on… IDK why it has to happen.
Ive thought about that long and hard and Ive come to the realization debian has support for it still and they have a long term release for security updates but almost all communities have said “its time to move on from insecure antiquated platforms” even if they have sentimental value this needs to happen imho. Heres the thing if its sentimental just dont use it as a daily computer. Stash it somewhere for nostalgia and move onto good and supported hardware.
They have fricken nailed that. In fact nvidia drivers dont even break on kernel updates… its trully amazing how easy fedora has come. Coming from someone who remembers FC and later Heisenbug (oh dear) lol…
Its not to say fedora is the most amazing distro but its a testament to how far it has come.