Fedora 31 entered final freeze, and looks like it will be a smooth release.


I've been testing rawhide on my laptop for a few months now, and it's been stable and usable for the entire time (though I'm using instead of Gnome).

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If you had previously tried Fedora and got a bad experience, it's time for another look.

I think Fedora hits the sweet spot between shipping up-to-date software (like Arch) *and* being reasonably usable out of the box (like Ubuntu).

@codewiz I shall try it next time I change distros.

@codewiz Have you tried Silverblue? It looks promising but I usually end up hitting some container-related productivity-killing workflow issue and going back to regular Fedora.

@amdt @codewiz I tried it, and I had the same experience as you. I will try it again when it's officially released, because I really like the idea.

I personally run Qubes OS my workstation and one of my laptops. Silverblue would give me a lot of the benefits of Qubes while smoothing out some of the issues.

I agree with @codewiz that Fedora is really good these days. It's certainly a better choice than Ubuntu in my opinion.

@loke Yes, it’s very promising. I don’t have a lot of experience with containers and no Atomic/CoreOS experience, so I’m hoping for improvements to layering or for composing custom images to become easier.

@loke @codewiz I’ve been using Fedora since it was called Fedora Core and consistently found it to provide the best of what a GNU/Linux distribution can be. The only thing I prefer in Ubuntu (and Debian) is APT’s speed and the usability of its command-line interface.

@amdt @codewiz You could say that I've used Fedora for years too. Qubes OS is based on Fedora, and its primary Templates are also Fedora.

There is also a Debian template that I used for some applications that was a hassle to get to work properly in Fedora (my Spotify VM, for example).

But, almost all my Qubes OS vms run Fedora 30.

@amdt @loke but the gap has largely been closed by dnf and various improvements in the repo metadata...

I don't see much of a difference any more.

@amdt No, I've seen to many failed attempts to modularize Fedora.

What I would really want is effective sandboxing for desktop apps, so if there's a hole in my email client it can't be used to read my entire home directory and snoop my password as I type it into ssh.

flatpak has bubblewrap, but packagers get to choose the permissions and users don't get to see them... which makes it somewhat ineffective 🙂

Until Linux desktops deliver an Android-like security model, I don't feel like installing 3rd-party blobs on my system.

And even after that, I'm still more comfortable installing an rpm from the Fedora repository, knowing that it's been built from signed sources in a secure build farm.

@codewiz Yes, I think those security and permissions models need to be improved before I install any software not packaged by Fedora. They’re working on their own Flatpak repository at the moment so I’ll be happy to use that over RPM packages for graphical, desktop applications.

If you need that level of security you should use QubesOS

@codewiz I love fedora on my home server. It's similar enough to my work rhel servers but much newer software.

Even works well with my zfs setup.

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