Fedora 24 Beta Looks Nice, But Will They Ever Stop Mucking Up Anaconda?

Written by Michael Larabel in Fedora on 10 May 2016 at 11:17 AM EDT. 20 Comments
Following this morning's release of the Fedora 24 Beta I immediately fired it up on a few test systems.

With the first test system I fired up was my commonly used Xeon E5 Haswell box with a SATA SSD. Considering it's run fine with many other Linux distribution installers -- including Fedora 23 and Fedora 24 Alpha -- I was surprised when I was quickly greeted by Anaconda bailing out...

Will Fedora / Red Hat developers ever stop constantly changing Anaconda? I don't recall any other distribution installer where I've come across so many fatal install problems with it over the years, it seems to routinely be one of the common causes for having to delay Fedora releases, etc. The Anaconda installer has been problematic on and off for years. If Red Hat developers can't get the installer right and constantly need to rewrite chunks of it between Fedora releases, maybe they should be looking at investing in Calamares or another cross-distribution initiative?

Anyhow, once abandoning that system and firing up two laptops, both of them didn't give me any Anaconda headaches this time... Just really tired of encountering issues with Anaconda.

With my ~2 hours so far, everything else has been riding smoothly on those test systems. Building off the success with Fedora 24 Alpha, the beta experience of Fedora Workstation 24 is going well. I will be working on more tests (including some power comparisons to Fedora 23) in the days ahead.

Fedora 24 is riding nice with the GNOME 3.20 desktop, Linux 4.5 kernel, Mesa 11.2.0, etc. I do look forward to upgrading to Fedora 24 on my main system once the distribution is out in June -- assuming Anaconda issues don't push back the final release any further.
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