My stay on Gnome 40 became shorter than I expected; I started wanting to go back to Xfce this week.
My big problem now is… should I stay on Fedora, or go back to EndeavourOS / Arch.
- The big reason to stay on Fedora is an easier install as well as a slimmer install. Oh and the fact that they seem able to parry for things like the 5.12 disaster, not releasing 5.12 outside of Rawhide until 5.12.5, which seems to have fixed all major issues.
- The big reason to go back to EndeavourOS is the AUR and the compability with codecs etc right out of the box. Plus, if you don’t use Gnome the Fedora release model just doesn’t make much sense. Without a release model timed after the Gnome releases, it just an almost-bleeding-edge rolling release with extra steps every 6 months.
In more detail, the Fedora pros are that it has a competent out of the box Btrfs install, pipewire out of the box and, strangely enough, about 30% less packag size than Endeavour.
Yes, seriously, the default Fedora install, even with Gnome Workstation, is a much slimmer install, landing around 5-6 Gb total while Endeavour (and vanilla arch) is about 2 Gb larger. Yet Fedora can do absolutely everything out of the box, from printing, to detecting network shares, to… you know what I mean,
The Fedora cons are the weird (it is weird unless you use Gnome) release model, where 90-95% (including kernel(!)) is updated rolling, but for some reason you still have to make a version upgrade every 6 months. And a lack of AUR, of course, tho I might actually (since I use so few things) just use flatpak anyway for Firefox and Spotify.