Fedora 28 – A fresh start with KDE, gnome and snap packages

As a matter of fact, i’ve left arch-land. After several months of distro hopping on my notebook, i settled on a new distribution for now. And even if i thought i won’t get back to it, it’s fedora. As a bonus, I choose not to install i3wm, my beloved tiling window manager, but with KDE and gnome 3. I have gnome 3 as the wm of choice on my desktop and my laptop is running KDE in all it’s floating window beauty.

I’ve used gnome for most of my linux life and with the switch from gnome 2 to gnome 3, i was driven away at first. I still don’t think a lot of the changes were either necesarry or even good, but i guess the gnome team has a different workflow than I do – which is fine.
During the last few years, I ocassionaly checked in on the state of the gnome desktop, but never without heavy plugin-usage. The gnome-tweak-tool was my best friend and the desktop never stayed more time than necessary in it’s stock-state.
This time, it has changed. The only thing i (knowingly) changed was the placement of the window controls to the left. This just feels more naturally to me after several years of macOs and unity usage.
The only thing i seriously struggled with, was the lack of the system tray icons. Not because I need or use them a lot, but because I’m (still) using dropbox and wanted to change the placement of my dropbox folder. This does not work with the cli-client. In the end i gave in and dedicated a partition of my data-drive and a mount point to ~/Dropbox. But still, this could’ve been way easier.

But enough about gnome. What about KDE? Well, KDE is propably the most polished linux desktop that is out there right now. As simple as that. I’m not a big widget-user, I don’t care how the application Menu is organized, but as a whole it just feels right. Settings are accessible and organized in a clean manner, if you want to you can download themes and apply them as easy as install a new application from Software. But there is more to this new realease of fedora than pretty polished desktop environments. You also get nvidia-nonfree-drivers and steam via officially unofficial repositories. If you ask me, that’s pretty neat. If you’re a gamer and don’t have to wrangle with either nvidia nor some repository to get going. Just start Software for the first time and you get asked wether or not you wan’t to use them.

In addition to that, fedora 28 supports snapd and in addition to that the Snap Store . That’s a magical place where you find almost everything you may want to install that has not yet found it’s way in some official repository. Maybe due to it’s non-free nature or something else. With snapd, these apps run in a confined environment, get auto-updated and are distribution-independent pieces of software that just run. I have yet to discover a snap that doesn’t work on my two test-systems. Who would have thought that?
I’m currently in the process of creating my first snap package and so far, it feels way easier than creating a native package for any distro i’ve run for a while.

As a conclusion of my first month of fedora I have to say that i’m still not missing neither arch, the aur nor i3wm – and that is a first in quite some time. I think it might hit me on upgrade from 28 to 29 though… Wish me luck.



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