General questions for newbie

Hello, dear Fedora Community! I just wanna know some answers to my questions:

  1. Once I have seen on forums, that this command - dnf autoremove can remove GRUB packages… And can remove other important packages. Why it happens? And what should I do if I wanna delete old packages and dependencies? And Has Fedora commands like this, which can remove something important? :))
  2. I have seen on spins that Fedora support LXDE. How long it will be?
  3. I am very interested by Fedora and Fedora’s community, and I wanna know how long Red Hat and others sponsors will support Fedora? And what happens if their support stops?
  4. And can I install DE, like LXQt, LXde and other but not GNOME in Fedora’s installing process? Or i can do it only after installing?
  5. How often the problems and bugs can be, because as we know Fedora is experimental polygon for Red Hat? :))

Each spin is its own installer. I use KDE spin and gnome is not installed.

I find Fedora quality is high and bugs are fixed in reasonable time.

That is unknowable. But Fedora is supported by a lot of volunteers that have nothing to do with Redhat. I would expect Fedora to continue to exist and thrive.

That would be an old bug and it is not present on my Fedora 39 systems, I just tested it to be sure.

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Thank you for your answer! It’s good that Fedora does not have a “dnf autoremove” bug:) But it was serious bug and how do you think does Fedora has bugs like that, which can damage the system? I like stablity and I like Fedora’s tech innovation and I’m not sure that I can to solve serious problems and bugs in Fedora:)
How many years of experience of Fedora using do you have?

Some problems are caused by local network configuration, others are easily solved by an experienced user who has direct access to the problem system and knows the technical terms in your native language as well as English. I used to tell students (non-computing science PhD’s in workshops for a specialized package that runs on linux or macOS) to ask around in their home lab to see what distros are used and identify the goto-people when there are problems.

I’ve been using computers for over 40 years. During that time many vendors of system I used (CDC, Wicat, SGI, Sun, NeXT, etc.) have disappeared or made fundamental changes (Apple). I have learned to be aware of things that are only available from a few distro/vendors. Soem are innovatons that become widely used, others fade away.

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Technological innovation and stability do not go well together. Still, Fedora is very stable. Otherwise, developers from all over the world, including Linus Torvalds, would not have chosen it.

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With the best efforts of organisations all over the world bugs do get into software.
This effects the smallest to the largest organisations, no one has perfect software.

Something like this is rare and was fixed quickly.

I have been using Fedora since Fedora Core 1 in 2003 (was using a redhat retail release before that). In my professional life I have shipped hardware products powered by Fedora.

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Welcome to the community!

You can change desktop environment or try window manager on your base installation using this Quick Docs. You don’t have to install all Spins to try out different DE.

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Thank you! Do Fedora consume more hard drive memory than another distro, for example, Debian? Because Fedora get updates more often than Debian? If so, can you give me an advice how to clean unnecessary dependencies and packages? Is it only “dnf autoremove” for it? As Barry A Scott told me this bug has already been fixed. But I hear this can be different for all users.

I expect about the same and usually on modern hardware never an issue, SSDs are big compared to the install size of Fedora or Debian.

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Linux distros RAM consumption comparison is available on the internet, but I dispute the viability of such comparison. There is no single deciding factor for RAM consumption. Personally, I’m dismissive on random benchmark. Who can tell ‘the lower the better’ if there are multiple factors to consider?

I believe there are two approaches to reach a goal.

  • Use ‘Everything’ image to select your package groups
  • Pick one from Fedora Labs

I didn’t know dnf autoremove command until you bring up here. I’m not convinced with your approach to remove packages afterwards.

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I mean Hard Drive, not RAM. I asked that because I don’t have much memory on my laptop:)) Can regular updates in Fedora full my hard drive so fast than other distros? And that’s why I asked about “dnf autoremove” and removing unnecessary dependencies:)
And As i have read recently Red Hat is going to collect data through telemetry in Fedora, is it true? And what do you think about that?

Not true.

How small is your disk?
My developtment fedora system is using 10GiB with all my user files and compiler etc installed.

No. Updates will replace existing packages with the new builds of the same package.
Sometimes a new package is added, but its usual a small package and not often done.

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Thank you for your answer! My hard drive is divided for two OS (Windows and Linux), for Linux available ~80 Gb.

I use 64GiB for my VM disks and have yet to fill them.
I use the KDE plasma desktop on all of them.


My first Linux installation was F34 Fedora Workstation on a 60GiB disk. I didn’t need to remove base packages for 2.5 years.

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Cool:) And then you still had to delete it? :))

I confessed to you in early part of your post that I didn’t know about autoremove command, and didn’t ‘need to’ remove base packages manually. There are a couple of posts on autoremove in Fedora discourse, so you might want to ask them if you really need to get to the bottom of it.

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And the last one, can you give me advises of best practice of using Fedora?

Hi, I would say users can enrich their experiences by coming along to release parties and contacting the Join Special Interest Group (SIG).

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