It's Been Five Months Since I Left Ubuntu For Fedora On My Main Workstation

Written by Michael Larabel in Fedora on 5 July 2015 at 07:48 PM EDT. 25 Comments
It's been five months since I quit using Ubuntu Linux on my main production system and switched over to Fedora Workstation. Looking back, it was a fantastic decision.

On my Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon I've been running Fedora 21 for the past five months to great success. While I was using Ubuntu Linux on my "most main system" (and various Linux distributions on the dozens of other systems at Phoronix and in the test lab), prior to that I was a Fedora user back in the early days of Fedora (Core).

Back in early February I chronicled my switching (back) to Fedora and given there was much interest in that article, I just wanted to say today that I continue to happily use Fedora on this most important system in my office.

I have no real regrets in leaving Ubuntu from my main system though still run it on many secondary systems and the plethora of other systems in the test farm, along with openSUSE Tumbleweed, Manjaro, and others.

My only hesitation in the past five months of using Fedora has been whether to switch to Fedora 22. Given this is a brand new system as of five months back, I'm not too interested in already wiping the system and doing a fresh install of F22. However, at the same time, I don't have much faith in Fedup -- the official Fedora upgrader. Due to past issues and some problems earlier this year when trying to use Fedup for getting to Rawhide on some test systems, I'd rather not put all my faith in Fedup... At least it looks like Fedup should be replaced/rewritten in Fedora 23. Right now my current thinking is to just keep running Fedora 21 on my Core i7 Broadwell X1 Carbon ultrabook and then around the time when interesting laptops/ultrabooks start rolling out with Skylake to then upgrade to one of those devices and install Fedora 23.

While sticking to Fedora 21, it's still a great experience to this day with having stable release upgrades for the Linux 4.0 kernel, GNOME 3.16 point releases, new Firefox/Thunderbird releases, etc.
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