Changes I Made When Installing Fedora 21 On My New Ultrabook

Written by Michael Larabel in Fedora on 8 February 2015 at 11:44 AM EST. 20 Comments
Last weekend I wrote how I switched back to Fedora as the Linux distribution on my main production system. That experience continues going well on the new X1 Carbon ultrabook and have no regrets. One of the questions emailed in and tweeted were readers wondering how I'm getting along with GNOME 3.14 and what tweaks took place.

The short story is that I didn't do many tweaks to my GNOME 3.14 desktop and it's going well. Fedora 21 with GNOME 3.14 is running well for my X1 Carbon connected to this affordable 4K monitor. The only tweaks made were enabling icons on the GNOME Shell desktop (to get closer to my original workflow) and allowing thumbnails on images greater than 10MB (with the many original DSLR photos for Phoronix articles being 15MB+).

I haven't installed any GNOME Shell extensions or any other major modifications with my usage of Firefox, Thunderbird, Pidgin, GIMP, Gedit, GNOME Terminal, and Nautilus going along fine...

The packages I installed over the base Fedora 21 Workstation were php-cli, php-zip, avahi-utils, php-sqlite3, nano, thunderbird, pithos, pidgin, gnome-tweak-tool, gimp, vainfo, beignet, and libva-intel-driver. From third-party repositories was also Adobe Flash for Firefox and S3TC support for Mesa.

Given my all-work focus and using dozens of Linux test systems for other tasks, this Fedora 21 setup as my main system has been working out fairly well.

What changes do you make when you're installing the distribution of your choice? Share with us in the forums.
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