On 08/09/2017 09:41 AM, ergodic wrote:
Let me further add that neither Fedora 26 Live or Fedora 26 XFCE work.
I had to install Fedora 25 and then upgrade with dnf to Fedora 26.
Nautilus has become so limited that I switched to nemo.
Then you didn't do it correctly. F26 Xfce Live 64-bit works fine. I've
installed at least 15 systems using it from bare-metal systems to VMs of
several types, including the one I'm writing this on.
I hate to interrupt your Fedora 26 party, but well here goes a
dose of reality from the
1) First of all F26's performance is very poor. its a CPU hog and
DRAM ! I installed F26 in a Virtual Box (VBox)
on a two processor machine and it is so slow that it is barely
usable. In the _same environment_ CentOS performs
with quite excellent performance. You have a massive performance
I don't think so. I use F26 and the Xfce desktop to develop a hell of a
lot of code--from kernel drivers to "Hello, world!" apps--and I haven't
seen performance or memory issues. I've even got F26 running in four
qemu-kvm (libvirt) instances on an F26 host with 8 cores and they're
The Gnome desktop IS a massive resource hog and has been since Gnome 4
came out, but that's ONE desktop environment--not Fedora 26 in general.
Gnome 4 tries to emulate a tablet from what I can see, and no one in
their right mind tries to develop software on a tablet. Try a different
2) Your new menu system is a joke. I use the system for
code development so I want Text Editor
windows and shells. Why did you hide these in the basement and the
very bottom of the menu system?
Also your menus are slow and cumbersome. What was wrong with the
previous menu system? Is this simply
change for the sake of change? Have your group been taken over by
On what desktop? Gnome? Xfce? KDE? Mate? LXQT? LXDE? Cinnamon?
Heavy software developers fall in to a very limited use case. One has
to customize one's menus to get the system the way one wants it (hell,
that's what "customize" means). I have no issues with the Xfce desktop
after some tweaks. In the same vein, the various IDEs I have to use
(Eclipse, Bluefish, Zend, NetBeans, Komodo) all have strengths and
weaknesses and I've yet to find a single one that's ideal for EVERYTHING
I do, but that's just the way I work and I recognize that.
3) Look and feel. Why in the name of hell did you want this look
feel? I use Linux for application code
development. I want Text Editors, shell Windows, gcc, gdb , and ddd.
Why are all the engineering tools hidden?
If I wanted the look and feel of Windows I would buy windows!
Again, customize your system! Most users WANT a system like what the
default is. 90% of the stuff you want would end up in Xfce's
"Development" menu by default (I use Xfce, so that's what I'm most
familiar with). Then, if you don't like the layout, tweak it to your
desires (and note that I said "your desires"--the way you work is
not necessarily the way I want to work).
4) Text Editor: Go back to the old one it works way better!
Absolutely useless comment. Which text editor? Vi/vim? EMACS? Gedit?
5) Your new Services configuration is a blithering disaster!
bring back the configuration GUIs for
Services and Users. Keep in mind here I am not a Linux System
administrator! I am a user! I perform
a complex configuration of user and group numbers to maintain NFS
compatibility with Solaris.
This configuration is difficult even with the GUIs, without them
Now THAT'S ridiculous. Again, which configuration GUIs? For what
NFS compatibility with Solaris? Based on NFSv3 or NFSv4? Are you using
LDAP or Kerberos or Windows Domains or what for authentication? Do all
the systems use the same mechanism? Is that all set up correctly? Oh,
wait, you're not a system administrator. I forgot. (yes, that's sarcasm)
6) Cut and paste: I don't know what you did to that! (Well it
work)! P.S. Solaris has a great User I/F
GUI for cut and paste.
Then use Solaris. The cut and paste for Fedora that I use works just
peachy (Xfce, middle mouse button for paste, works fine). I haven't used
Solaris for a long time, but it sure-as-hell had a lot of issues when I
was stuck with it.
6) Yum and rpm: Please print to the screen the directories where
is installed. So that I don't have to
waste time going looking for it.
First, that's two item 6s in your list. Second, rpm has a perfectly easy
way to see where things from an RPM are installed:
rpm -ql name-of-installed-rpm
[root@golem4 tmp]# rpm -ql gcc
And why do you really care where they're installed? You can always use
"which" to find out what the path of an executable is. Your beloved
CentOS (or even Solaris) doesn't spit this info out by default.
7) Convenience: STOP CHANGING THE CONFIGURATION INTERFACES.
time you change the configuration
methodology we the users have to waste hours and even days learning
the new configuration methodology.
If you want consistency for a long period, stay with CentOS. Fedora is
the cutting edge of Red Hat development and things will change much more
often on Fedora (there's a new release every 6 months). Eventually, a
given release of Fedora gets frozen and BECOMES the next Red Hat release
(and therefore the next CentOS).
Thus, CentOS has a much longer life cycle than Fedora so if you want
stability, use CentOS. Evenually, it'll get updated too, and you'll have
to start your whining all over again because CentOS 8 is so much
different than CentOS 7 was.
8) Are you on drugs? What in the hell gave you the insane idea
a command line interface for configuration
was some how better that a GUI?
Seriously? There are things in configuration files you will NEVER see in
a GUI and it's almost impossible to take into account EVERY possibility.
The ancient and crusty "system-config-whatever" GUIs had all kinds of
issues and often produced invalid config files.
Please consider carefully the possibility that you are going
the wrong direction!
Overall I continue to be disappointed in Fedora and thank
heavens for CentOS.
As I said above, CentOS is BASED on Fedora. Your beloved CentOS 7 is
based on Fedora 18 (I think). The development has to be done SOMEWHERE
and Fedora is that "somewhere". There are parts of the system I detest
and think were horrible decisions, but I have to live with them.
If you want something with a long life cycle, use CentOS but be aware
that some of the cutting edge stuff in Fedora may not make it back to
the current release of CentOS.
- Rick Stevens, Systems Engineer, AllDigital ricks(a)alldigital.com -
- AIM/Skype: therps2 ICQ: 226437340 Yahoo: origrps2 -
- "I understand Windows 2000 has a Y2K problem." -