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, 20 and 21 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. Really. I'm not just saying that. Fedora people are unfailingly welcoming, helpful, smart and just plain nice
- 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): 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. It's not so much the issue/weakness itself but the fact that nobody seems to care.
- (Yeah, I know closed-source drivers are not free software, but you can only comfortably take that stance if you have only Intel-based computers. Unfortunately, users of newer AMD hardware need this driver 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 proprietary-friendly RPM Fusion community is OK offering an Nvidia driver but not one for AMD is just plain wrong. Yes, I know it's because the old maintainer decided to stop building the package, but it doesn't warm my cockles that nobody else is pissed enough and skilled enough to take over. As a result of all this, I do NOT recommend AMD hardware for users of Linux.)
- Since I first wrote this bio, the Linux kernel and open Radeon driver have gotten to the point where I don't need to use fglrx/Catalyst any more. I'm getting great performance and seamless updates and upgrades without the pain that closed drivers bring into the picture. Thanks, upstream!
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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