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I am no longer use Fedora 36, too restricted to be useful

I used Fedora 36 for 3 months. It's a good ride, actually. Unfortunately, I hit a road block. I wanted to use my mirrorless camera as my webcam, which required a third-party kernel module called v4l2loopback to be loaded via modprobe.

However, an unsigned kernel module can't be loaded on Fedora, see the kernel module signing process on Fedora docs. Therefore, if you need to modprobe anything outside the default kernel module, you'll have a lot of extra works to do instead of just sudo modprobe things. Moreover, if you upgrade the kernel, which happens very often on Fedora, you'll need to sign the module again. I don't plan to work on a system that would break my tools now and then. Here's how to sign the v4l2loopback module, directly from a Linux expert.

Well, but no, thanks, I moved on 🦎


Welcome to openSUSE Tumbleweed

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In terms of popularity among Linux users, openSUSE might not be as popular as Ubuntu, Fedora, or even Arch and Manjaro. Then, why do I choose openSUSE Tumbleweed instead of those Linux distros. The answer is simple, I get the new improved kernel, drivers, and packages before anyone else. For instance, I get the latest stable version of Mesa (my Intel GPU driver) like I would get on Windows with the official Intel Driver & Support Assistant (Intel DSA), instead of having to wait for another 6 months on Ubuntu, or even a year or 2 if I stick with their LTS release. This is the benefit of using a rolling-release Linux distro.

Then, why not using Arch or Manjaro? Well, I don't want to spend too much time setting Arch, nor I want to disable secure boot for Manjaro.

openSUSE Tumbleweed is the sweet spot for me. I get the latest tech for my hardware, with good default settings and tools, then the flexibility to modprobe.

In my opinion, Fedora won't become, and never become, a new Ubuntu like many have told you lately. There's too much hassle for the end users to find it productive or useful. Sorry, if it's too harsh. Therefore, I will end my Fedora review series here. And I will write my openSUSE Tumbleweed review series later.

Thanks for reading.


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Abhinav Kulshreshtha

I Started with fedora, Distro hopped a lot during my college days, Currently settled with Manjaro on my work system, and solus for my daily driver.

But Fedora will always have a special place in my heart. From my personal experience, every student that I taught when I was a tutor, the students that started with fedora/redhat stuck with linux longer than students that got ubuntu as their first distro, they switched back to windows almost as soon as their course was over. YUM/DNF is a great package manager, Only other package manager I like is Solus's eopkg.

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Wow, thanks for your input.

I believe that Ubuntu need to up their game on the end users market. Otherwise, for me, I think Windows is a better OS to use, i.e. better hardware support, also newer and wider software and drivers available. Nonetheless, it's a good distro for devs with huge supports from the communities, companies, and from a lot of individual projects as well.

Other distros, on the other hand, are actually present Linux techs, wow factors, reasons to move from Windows to Linux. Someone might call those features quirks πŸ˜‚ But for the fans, this could be their playground, both in terms of technical and political.

From my personal experience with APT, DNF, and Zypper, Zypper is the worst as it's not playing in harmony with PackageKit (backend updater in GNOME Software). There's also no ETA when I can expect my download to finish. DNF looks more modern to me. But the best is APT, as there's a purge which can also remove configuration files (in the system, not in the home directory). For the end users, purge is huge, as they could purge any stupidly mistake that they did, a reset button for them. I don't know in deep details of those package managers, though. This is my view as an end user.

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Abhinav Kulshreshtha

This might be personal preference but APT still has a long way to go, even though it is a big improvement over apt-get situation. About APT purge, dnf and eopkg does that out of the box when you remove some package. dnf remove is equivalent to "apt remove && apt purge". Also, I have frequently noticed purge to break dependencies of other packages, it is actually a big issue.

I actually did a reunion with my former students few years ago, it was at that time when I noticed that the students in batch which used fedora used linux longer than the students in batch which used ubuntu. Especially for their home use, despite the fact that online resource is better for debian based systems and fedora at that time had a pretty bad codec support. Some of the students who had to use Ubuntu at work actually hated the fact there was different command for doing different part of package management.

As a home user, DNF and Eopkg, has a cleaner command line experience, and these are the only two package system that has proper delta support and better debug symbols. APT and Pacman doesn't have official delta package support and community solutions are outdated. And APT dependency resolution is not good at present. DNF does a much better job than any other package system in my experience.

In India where we still factor in data usage and data speed, just looking at a message which says download will be a third of update size, makes it a better choice. Just today, I did an upgrade in Manjaro and Solus, Solus was about 40mb of download, Manjaro was about 700mb of download, for almost same stuff. Biggest difference was size of libreoffice, firefox and thunderbird update where solus had delta packages for them but manjaro didn't.

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Thanks. This is a very informative comment +1,000

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RaΓ­ B. Toffoletto

Great thing of linux is you can always find something more suitable for you!! Enjoy the new system πŸŽ‰

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Yes, gecko for the world πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

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