Fedora 21 Is Looking & Working Very Well -- Best Fedora Release Yet?

Written by Michael Larabel in Fedora on 16 October 2014 at 10:50 AM EDT. 26 Comments
While we're still likely at least months out from the official release of Fedora 21, I've been running it a lot since last month's F21 Alpha release and it's been working out very well. Fedora 21 is easily shaping up to be the best Fedora release yet and the stability/saneness of the development packages is also a charming change compared to some of the more notorious Fedora releases of the past.

Next to my main system has been a Fedora 21 box since the F21 Alpha debut, which I've been keeping updated daily to the latest packages. That second system is where I do most of my Phoronix Test Suite / Phoromatic development and testing along with other random software testing. I've also been running Fedora 21 development on a system in my kitchen. For both of these permanent systems -- plus testing out F21 on a few other systems -- the post-alpha experience has been great. There's been no breakage or other headaches caused by following the latest F21 development packages, which is a nice change of pace compared to some troubling issues in the past.

The Fedora 21 experience overall has been very solid, GNOME 3.14 is working out surprisingly well and liking it more now that most of my issues from early GNOME3 distaste have been resolved, and Fedora 21 is packing some great features over the nearly year old Fedora 20. If Fedora 21 continues working out this well and not causing any issues, it may even be replacing Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on my main system when upgrading to an Intel Broadwell ultrabook this winter. While I've used Fedora back to Fedora Core 1, I think my most memorable release was Fedora Core 3~4, and I haven't ran Fedora on my main production system since around Fedora Core 6 when switching to Ubuntu Linux.
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