My real name is Steven Rosenberg, and here are my talking points
- I used Fedora in the 13-14 cycle when I got my first non-ancient laptop in 2011, bailed for Debian when the graphics going got tough, and came back to Fedora 18 when the old laptop died suddenly and I got a new one in 2013. I have continued with Fedora through the 19 and 20 releases (upgrading successfully by FedUp each time).
- I work in digital journalism for a company that produces print newspapers as well as web sites.
- I use Fedora both for work and at home, where I am a heavy user of multimedia.
- Fedora's greatest strengths:
- 1) The community
- 2) This is a great system for new hardware, offering new kernels throughout the release cycle in an environment with more stability than you might expect
- 3) Fedora offers a great development environment, and it should only get better with the Fedora.next-spawned Workstation release
- 4) Fedora's Anaconda installer allows you to create a fully encrypted Linux system in a dual-boot environment, something not possible with the Debian and Ubuntu installers. (Note: You can also do this in RHEL/CentOS/Scientific Linux)
- Fedora's greatest weakness (for me anyway): It's not so much the issue/weakness itself, which is the lack of an RPM-packaged AMD Catalyst driver in the RPM Fusion repository for the entire Fedora 20 cycle and at this point presumably forever, but the fact that nobody seems to care.
- (Yeah, I know closed-source drivers are not free software, but you probably have an Intel-based computer and that's why you can comfortably take that stance. Users of newer AMD hardware need this driver, usually for the best performance and often for any performance at all. And while I can understand Fedora itself not offering proprietary video drivers of any kind, the fact that the RPM Fusion community is OK offering an Nvidia driver but not one for AMD is just plain wrong. As a result of all this, I do NOT recommend AMD hardware for users of Linux.)
I love the music of Joe Pass and coffee, the drink.
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I write about Fedora and a few other things in these blogs:
- Frugal Technology, Simple Living and Guerrilla Large-Appliance Repair
- Click: Technology and Its Discontents
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