Richard Hughes (hughsient) wrote,
Richard Hughes
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Moving back to Fedora

Okay, for the first time in my life I'm a distro whore. I'm now running Fedora again on my development laptop (replacing Edgy). Why the switch so soon?:
  • RPMs from CVS are easier to make than DEBs in my opinion.
  • I've found out you can run synaptic (and apt-get) on Fedora.
  • I found myself looking on google to do things with Ubuntu that I know by heart for Fedora.
  • A clean init system that I can understand and tweak.
  • Signal to noise ratio. The Redhat guys are easy to talk to and there is a minimal amount of noise on the mailing lists and IRC.
  • I can use custom DKMS ipw3945 and nvidia packages so my custom kernels can work automatically with binary-shitty drivers.
  • Black magic. I'm doing lots of work with development versions of the kernel, PolicyKit, HAL and X and I need a clean environment. Ubuntu has lots of black magic, which is great from a "just works" perspective but bad when you are trying to hack on core bits of the stack.
Don't get me wrong, I still think Edgy is great, and would wholeheartedly recommend it for someone new to Linux. For me, Fedora is just right.
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