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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So Long Farewell Auf… Oh just be off with you!

I’m about to install a linux distro in a way I haven’t done before on my laptop. That’s because I’m going to delete all the laptop’s partitions first, including the one containing the preinstalled Windows 8.1 it came with. It’s weirdly exciting in a way that installing linux hasn’t been in a long time.  Fedora 23 is out and at a glance it seems to support all the strange little quirks of my model: The high resolution touchscreen, the gyroscope that turns the screen, the custom extra buttons. Add to that that Wine is now impressively capable of running the few Windows games that I am addicted to – Spelunky, Hearthstone – and I no longer have any reason to dedicate half my SSD to an OS that is aching to upgrade to full-on spyware. Here we go. I feel all giddy. See you on the other side.