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.
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.