Trying out Fedora 26: No way-land?

My relationship with Fedora is of the sort where every two years I look at screenshots and go ‘Nice, why am I not running this again?’ Then I install it and everything looks fine. Then bit by bit the seams start to show.

Fedora 26 was to have been my grand entry into all things Wayland. The laptop running Ubuntu 16.04 started to feel like it needed something fresh or maybe I was just bored. I went in with open eyes, knowing that the move from Xorg to Wayland would invalidate a whole swathe of hacks I have used since times immemorial. It was going to be painful but a) it’s the cost of progress, might as well bite the bullet now and b) something something profit? Profit being some unforeseen advantage to doing things the new way.

To cut to the punchline, Wayland-Gnome runs and is perfectly servceable and I applaud the Fedora team for being the vanguard of the future and all that. I’m just not convinced that I as a regular user want to be on that frontline.

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Ubuntu Revisited: Back in Brown with 14.04 Trusty Tahr

My pseudo-review of Arch made me realize that it wasn’t the right distribution for me anymore. Not really a critique as should be evident from the pros and cons article. Currently for me the cons just outweigh the pros and when an upgrade broke Gnome badly, well it was time to leave. I bought a new usb wifi dongle, pulled out the old one – the main hardware component tying me to Arch – and broke up camp. So where did I end up? The answer surprised me as much as anyone. Well, anyone that hasn’t read the post title.

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