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Sorry Arch (EndeavourOS), it's not working out any more and hello Fedora

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There comes a time when everyone has to sit and think about what they use on their PC, especially if you're on Linux. For me, Arch Linux (via EndeavourOS) just wasn't working out any more and so I've moved to Fedora.

While I was reasonably happy with Arch Linux, it's just not stable enough for me personally. It's a very subjective thing of course, and highly dependent on what hardware you use — along with how often you update. For me, it just messed things up a bit too often, and last night was the final straw.

I updated either that day, or the day before, and just before a livestream was due to start, my SteelSeries headset no longer worked. No matter what I tried, following guide after guide about PipeWire, nothing helped. Just this weird and very quiet electrical static noise whenever I tried piping audio to it. Eventually it worked again by some downgrading, plus random hotplugging and testing it on a Windows machine for a sanity check and it started somewhat working again. My Microphone was another issue, at the same time it decided to be ridiculously quiet for no apparent reason I could see so there were wider problems. I had enough, I had work to do and after hours of hair-pulling — hello from Fedora.

Fedora's KDE Spin

Thankfully, with the likes of Flathub / Flatpak packages and how far along apps like Discover have come along for installing packages and setting things up, there's not a whole lot to learn. It's been a very long time since I used Fedora, and it was one of my first Linux distributions I tried sticking with back when it was "Fedora Core" and wow — it's always surprising to see how far we've come as a platform for doing anything.

Fedora does come with some of its own issues, like NVIDIA drivers being a nuisance to install, which they definitely should improve. If other distributions can do one-click or one-line installs, I'm sure they could do it too. However, it's just another point towards me swapping to AMD when prices settle, or perhaps Intel when Arc properly launches for desktop. I also need to figure out why Dropbox won't load on startup, some little things like that.

Anyway, are you really a Linux nerd if you don't distro-hop at least once a year? Jokes aside, I look forward to seeing why people keep recommending Fedora nowadays as a stable distribution, let's see how long it takes me to break it.

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Liam Dawe Apr 8, 2022
Quoting: mohammedziad
QuoteFedora does come with some of its own issues, like NVIDIA drivers being a nuisance to install, which they definitely should improve. If other distributions can do one-click or one-line installs, I'm sure they could do it too.
I like to install the NVIDIA driver using this it is still not an official support from fedora but it is the fastest way on fedora also note that the devs says that it's Only tested on 9XX/10XX/20XX/30XX series discrete NVIDIA cards.
Huh, so it's like the one I used for Arch, wish it showed up in my Googling <_<
Nevertheless Apr 8, 2022
I did a lot of hopping. What's left of it is that I've always come back to Mint, that I rarely need the latest software except for drivers and browsers, that I'm happy to get as much software as possible from distro repositories, that I can often install exceptions of the rule as flatpak packages easily and in parallel, and therefore a bunch of upstream problems and user repos don't pay off for me.
drlamb Apr 8, 2022
Normally I'd use Rawhide's (latest un-branched Fedora release - so "37" right now) kernel with nodebug turned on to get the latest kernel on Fedora but recently I've been using this copr repo to get the xanmod kernel which has things the fedora kernels don't yet (futex2, etc.).

Rawhide no debug kernel for those interested.

The fedora upgrade cycle has been rock solid for me, even to beta releases.

Last edited by drlamb on 8 April 2022 at 1:34 pm UTC
Cybolic Apr 8, 2022
In my experience, as long as one stays away from the bells-n-whistles DEs like Gnome/KDE/Plasma, it's extremely rare for things to break on Arch. The main DEs always end up breaking eventually on every distro I've used, but a bspwm/dwm/i3 desktop is generally completely unaffected due to there being so few moving parts. In the rare case that one part breaks, it's just that one thing to deal with (downgrade, say, "polybar" and be done with it).

The only issue I've had recently was switching from NVIDIA to AMD - which was mostly due to unfamiliarity with the modern Vulkan setup - and an occasional bug with Flatpak where xdg-desktop-portal starts a memory-leak massacre of my system (so, I'm not sold on Flatpak yet).

I would definitely not recommend such a setup for the average user though, but for me, it's more stable than a standard Fedora or Pop!_OS install.
vipor29 Apr 8, 2022
fedora is fantastic
razing32 Apr 8, 2022
Quoting: Liam Dawe
Quoting: razing32
Quoting: Samsai
Quoting: nenoroLiam: i leave systemD for systemD

Oh come on liam join gentoo we have cookies
Liam has in the past nuked his system by compiling OBS and you suggest he use Gentoo? Pretty bold, if you ask me. :P

I have to hear that story
Somewhere I followed a wrong command, didn't pay enough attention, stuff got removed that shouldn't and it all died. It was a learning experience to be sure and I've rarely compiled anything since :P. Flathub all the way.

I think Linus from tech tips tried Pop OS , tried to install a new DE and managed to remove the display manager by mistake so no desktop showed up anymore.
Tchey Apr 8, 2022

I’m happier with my 5 years gaming on Manjaro than anything before.

Could be Manjaro or simply a better Linux experience, or my better understanding, but still, i don’t see me changing for now.

Before that i was often on Ubuntu and Mint, and also tried many others, and when i landed on Manjaro i felt stable and good enough with rolling release.
ertuqueque Apr 8, 2022
I started with Linux back in 2014, with Ubuntu (of course, that's what we all look for when we are young), switched from Ubuntu to Lubuntu a few times for about 2 years in an attemp to spice things up, but at the end, it didn't feel right... and then, very hesitantly, I tried Manjaro... And we've been happily together since then!... Yes, we've had some silly arguments and a couple full blown fights, but we've always have managed to solve things and I can confidently say that I can see us together for the rest of our lives.

I think the secret is to know what to expect, you gotta work with them, it's a team. Yes, you can try new things (Pipewire), but don't blame it on your distro if that new thing doesn't work... I haven't tried it because I want to wait until it's much more stable. My distro is more important than a Pipewire adventure!

In the meantime, I just cook something nice, put on my comfy clothes, relaxing music and enjoy my time with my beloved Manjaro, :)

Last edited by ertuqueque on 8 April 2022 at 8:04 pm UTC
kerossin Apr 8, 2022
One rolling distro alternative is openSUSE Tumbleweed. Have been using it for some time now and had very few problems with it. Worth checking out.
TodC Apr 8, 2022
Quoting: damarrinI recently moved to Fedora myself and I’m now a fan. Ubuntu doesn’t do it for me any more and the Manjaro I was also using was just too much hassle.

What issues did you have with Manjaro? I just started using it myself, because the CPU I bought was supported by the live USB install for Manjaro, but not Mint (which is what I used to use).

I like that the rolling release won't have a "fresh upgrade" scenario -- my wife hates when we have to do those to her laptop.

We like the XFCE desktop.

But, I do like stability and the ability to easily run/install NVidia proprietary drivers and to have my USB scanner, USB printer, and CD/DVD work out of box. In the past, the latter were all an issue with Debian -- which I otherwise liked.

I use RHEL at work, with AlmaLinux for Docker containers. I don't care for what RHEL did to CentOS, so Fedora is kind of tainted by that, plus they don't seem to have an official XFCE version with minimal install. (I don't want LibreOffice, as we pay for SoftMaker's office suite -- it works better for my wife's writing.)

And it needs to support the Alder Lake (newest Intel) CPUs out of the box.
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