I want to transmit the frustration I’m currently experiencing to get the release I want for Fedora.
My goal is rather crazy: I just wanted to test installing an rpm-ostree-based workstation in a raspberry pi 4. I know I’m doomed, but that’s not the point.
The point is that there are a lot of different installation formats of fedora, all scattered around several websites, and it gets very confusing to find what I need.
What I really wanted was an aarch64 raw.xz Silverblue 34 image. But that’s nowhere.
Some of the paths I’ve followed are:
- Go to https://arm.fedoraproject.org/ and find there’s a workstation raw.xz image, but there’s no iso.
- Go to https://getfedora.org/es/iot/download/ and find there are raw.xz and iso images (cool!). However Zerere has a bug that doesn’t let me provision my ssh key. Besides, if I go to Welcome :: Fedora Docs it tells me to use Silverblue.
- Go to https://silverblue.fedoraproject.org/ and find out there are only iso images, not raw.xz.
- While I’m downloading and testing several images of several formats, I get some network problems, so I want the torrent download to get it faster, so go to https://torrent.fedoraproject.org/ just to find out those are only the iso images (although that’s explained nowhere; you have to download the torrent to see it).
- After all this, let’s try downloading the lxqt spin without rpm-ostree (sad). Go to Download Fedora LXQt Desktop. Guess what? Only iso x86_64.
I was expecting my experiment to go wrong later at some point… but not here!
So my suggestion/proposal/complaint is: please create a single download portal for all fedora flavor images, where I can easily get the image:
- In iso or in raw.xz
- In any supported arch
- Direct or torrent
Of course I’m forgetting about containers and VMs, but you get the point. All this, scattered around, inconsistent… gives a bad experience.