[Poll] Do you use Silverblue as main?

today i made a super discovery! that Discourse has polls :slight_smile:

  • Silverblue is my main box!
  • Silverblue is my backup!
  • Silverblue is on my Virtual Box!

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i still run Fedora as main, but i boot very often to my Silverblue too! i saw Alex’s post about NVIDIA support which was my biggest issue (but i haven’t tried yet b/c rebase to 29 failed), and if not on SB30, probably i will move fully to Silverblue on 31 release that things will be more smooth!!


I used Silverblue for a while, but then I got annoyed with Podman regressions breaking toolbox after pretty much every update, so when I got a new laptop in december, I installed regular F29 Workstation. Now it’s JHBuild holding me back, so I’ll switch back to Silverblue if I find a way to use it somehow. :confused:

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My workstation was dual-booted Arch and Silverblue 29 but I had to free up the Silverblue disk area for some large data files. My laptop is dual-booted Windows 10 Pro and Arch, but I’ll be triple-booting it with Silverblue 30 when there’s a beta installer. The plan is to phase out Arch once Silverblue 30 is released.

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I’ve installed today Fedora 30 Silverblue beta and I’m really impressed about the progress and its development.
The system seems to be rock-solid and is working quickly compared to Workstation.

TBH I’m not sure using Silverblue as my daily main.
What do you think about it?



Silverblue user since 29. Now on two Systems on Silverblue 30. No problems so far.

Hi @aedrasil and welcome here on Fedora Silverblue Forum :slight_smile:

Thx for sharing your experience. I’m testing it right now and it’s pretty fast. I’ve got no problems sof ar as well.

My work computer is still F29, but my personal laptop I’ve moved over to be Silverblue/Flatpak only (except for a couple packages which I’ve had to install via rpm-ostree). To be honest, I feel like it’s a much more manageable way of maintaining a workstation…

I have been using Fedora 30 Silverblue now for just over a week now. I using it as my main OS the only problem is I can’t create a pet container with toolbox. I am sure this will get fixed soon.

Hi and welcome to Silverblue. The toolbox problem is a known issue and should be fixed soon. You can work around it by using the --container <name> command line argument on the toolbox create command for now. Don’t use the : in the container name as it is not allowed now.

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It’s a very interesting system but you can’t do everything (even with sudo) easily because only /var /etc are writable. You can unlock the development mode but every change will disappear after reboot (will most probably evolve). So, is it manageable/usable like any classic linux distribution? There a lot of other advantages for sure…

/usr/local is also writable (and of course /home). In general, you can still install rpms via rpm-ostree (you just have to reboot first), and you can use toolbox to run a standard Fedora Workstation container for doing anything where you need to directly mess with /usr.

Are you alex aka baby wogue/dora??? :smiley:

Haha no, that’s @alex285, who created the poll this is getting really confusing though

Hahahaha . Don’t use anime pictures again to avoid such confusions . For me : Anime picture + Fedora Silverblue obsession + Ubuntu’s hate = Alex(is)


So /home is for sure writable but I didn’t knew about /usr /local . The only writable directories (according to silverblue documentation) are /var /etc with hard links (into /var). So as already said, there is also the development mode but each change will disappear after rebooting. Ps: If /home wasn’t basically writable, I did never thought to use it !

I honestly still do not feel Silverblue rock solid enough to be the main OS on my laptop. One of the negative points is that gnome-software feels very heavy and in the tests I have done (fedora 30 beta) has had a lot of bug. I hope it changes in the release.

If /home weren’t writable it would be pretty useless! But yeah, anything symlinked into /var is writable, and /usr/local -> /var/usrlocal.

IME /usr being ro is actually pretty anticlimactic, the few times I’ve really wanted it rw for testing and was unable to use toolbox, I just did the overlay. It being scrapped on reboot can actually be an advantage, since if you install some testing projects and such you don’t have to worry about gradually cluttering your rootfs with it and other similar stuff.

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Sadly this isn’t that much of a Silverblue thing, Software generally tends to be rather buggy IME. For Flatpak, you can use the CLI & the Flathub website to manage it.

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You’re right, but in my tests gnome-software works worse on Silverblue vs. fedora workstation 30 beta.

Of course, but the meaning of Silverblue is to add and improve the gui tools for ordinary users.

What’s IME? :smiley: Meaning In My Experience I guess…

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