What brought you to fedora?

What brought you to fedora linux? I like that its stable and independent.

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I like the community. I could feel a big difference between other Open Source projects and Fedora.

While asking on other projects for help, mostly the answer was that I have to use the “Product” as it is made for. As an example to achieve something to use the Deskotp apps for a certain Desktop.

While here on Fedora many times I get an answer ore more, how I can solve the issue in other ways like using the terminal etc. To be independent of the DE.

And also the communication style is much better. I learn a lot here :slight_smile:

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I like sane amount of defaults and technologies Fedora provides, e.g., systemd “family”. I know, lot of people hate it, I’d rather say too many, but in FOSS I do not understand that attitude - plenty options to choose from for job to be done. And the end of the day, people want things get done without much hassle and that is valid expectation. If extremes are needed due to situation or out of curiosity - all is there. But not everyone pro-DIY, even capable ones, have to do that every single time.

And best GNOME and its apps experience.

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I’ll go with the community as the first driver. Then it would be:

  • A chance to contribute
  • A great OS that I can help shape
  • It aligns with my principles
  • Fun :slight_smile:

Thanks for opening this topic!

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My Macs are all no longer supported on Mac OS so I went shopping for a Linux desktop replacement. After consciously distro hopping through Elementary, Debian, Mint, Spiral, etc… I got a sense of what I wanted from Linux.

I had an idea to use Flatpak for applications so wanted a distro that supported that out of the box. I felt most at home in Gnome. Those preferences kinda naturally led me to Fedora.

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In one word Gnome.

I like the simple implementation of gnome which I can adapt with extensions to my own liking. Other distros also have this though, after I used this for a while I came to realize that I really liked the package management and the Flatpak integration. My first Fedora experience was 34 so pipewire and wayland were not available everywhere at the time so that was a bonus. So it had everything I thought I needed, then 35 came a long and I thought ok this is where they ruin it. But the upgrade went well and everything got a little bit better. With 36 better still perfection. 37 was a bit disappointing as I had 36 set up so nicely but 38 has made up for this. Basically it works and long let it continue to work.

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The following for me:

  • Close to upstream.
  • Up to date packages (good balance between slow and stable like Debian and bleeding edge like rolling releases).
  • Provides vanilla kernel, useful if I want to report an issue.
  • dnf has much more features than apt.
  • Sometimes less user friendly, which makes me learn more on the CLI methods to solve issues.
  • Among the first to implement the newest technologies.
  • I like the instance Fedora has on FOSS.
  • Helpful community.

I have been a happy Fedora (KDE spin) user since more than one year, it ended my distro hopping. Thanks everyone for the effort!

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  • What brought me to Fedora
    Visual content creators for Linux channels in YT helped me anchor in Fedora installation. I have been doing ‘Spin’-hopping from GNOME to Xfce, KDE, and ‘Lab’ hopping with Scientific. Now, I’m happy with KDE Plasma.

  • What keeps me stick to Fedora
    After I settled in with day to day use of Fedora Linux, I realized the Fedora Community is huge. I wanted to share my experience and give something back to community. There is a variety of activities that keep me interested and engaged. Getting to know long-term contributors and finding tasks is a real privilege for me.

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simply because fedora is blue :slight_smile:

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I heard it’s the distro that Linus Torvalds is using. That caught my attention - somehow, before that, fedora did not show up on my radar at all.

At some point, a small programming project came up and I set up a fedora on a harddrive I had lying around.

Was pleasantly surprised by the existence of the fedora sway spin.
Set it up and the experience was - so far - phenomenal.

Now that fedora is on my radar, it seems unusually promising and what I got to learn about fedora really seems like a well-rounded, well-thought-through wholesome whole :blush:

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About two years ago, I came to the US for college, running an old Lenovo laptop from 2012 running EndeavourOS.

All was good in the world until I had to connect to my dorm’s wifi. For some reason, they had a proprietary wifi system, a and it only provided config program in .deb and .rpm format, and the aur had no equivalent to it.

I may have been an Arch user, but I was a dumb Arch user. I blindly installed AUR packages without checking them, not that I could even read that stuff, to begin with. So, you can imagine my struggle trying to install a .rpm to EndeavourOS.

I eventually got it to working and lived my life using the old laptop falling apart. I caved, in and got a brand new Dell XPS 15 during a sale, but Dell being Dell canceled my Order without notifying me, leaving me left with my current hog water system for another three months.

And by then, Framework had released their new laptop with really cool hardware, so I jumped the gun on that.

By then, the Framework laptop was using some very new hardware. Much of it requires a lot of configuration for a barebones Arch install to take advantage of.

And at that point, struggling through the Arch wiki trying to get my fingerprint reader to work when I type sudo, I thought do I use Linux because I enjoy the tinkering of my system? Or because I just really like Gnome and virtual desktops?

The answer was the latter, then Q for a few weeks, trying out a few distros that worked. Lo and behold, Fedora was officially recognized and supported by the Framework team, came with pretty recent software packages, and had a near-stock Gnome experience.

Two years now, and so far, only one catastrophic issue that seemingly went away.

P.S. Please change the default subvolume to @ and @home. It’s the customization I use to get Timeshift BTRFS snapshots to work.

And it turns out, after all that hassle, the guide I followed for my college’s wifi was outdated. All I had to do was download the certificate and just login with my school email. lol!

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When I was in college, I majored in meteorology. Through sheer audacity, I got a job maintaining the weather data applications in the department[1]. After graduation, I ended up getting a full time job as the department’s sysadmin. We mostly had RHEL 3/4 machines, with a few dozen Fedora Core 1 (very EOL by that point) and Solaris 9 machines.

I knew some stuff about Linux at that point, but I was behind the curve, so I decided to run Linux at home, too. I chose Fedora in order to learn more about the Red Hat ecosystem.

After a few years, I decided to give back and joined the Docs team. Slowly I got more involved until I eventually got hired by Red Hat as the Fedora Program Manager. I served in that role for almost five years. The position was eliminated earlier this year, but I stuck around because of the community.


  1. I sent the professor an email that said “I’m just a freshman who doesn’t know what he’s doing, but I’ll do it.” Really. ↩︎

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The above quotes sum up my reasons pretty well. My last job involved some RHEL system administration, and I left that job around the time that I got a Framework laptop. I decided that using Fedora on my laptop would give me the best experience and keep me in touch with the RHEL ecosystem in case I went back to that kind of work. Now I wish that I had been a Fedora user before working with RHEL.

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  • The innovation from the community and from Red Hat into it (podman, selinux containers, ostree, …).
  • SELinux
  • The community engagement
  • rpm

I tried many distros at the beginning (early 2000, mandrake, suse, gentoo, debian, knoppix), and then settled with Debian for many years. Then I bought a Mac, and I lasted only 1 year with it, and switched back to Linux. When I did that switch I went with Fedora for my personal computer (a custom built PC), and for my kid’s school laptop. That happened a few years ago.

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  • I work on RHEL based stuff
  • Community, it’s a wonderful group.
  • Stable for the hardware I am utilizing.
  • Up to date packages, and If I want more up to date or patched packages, I can build them locally or on COPR .
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February this year I bought a ThinkPad and initially installed Manjaro but then everything was unstable. So I installed Fedora and haven’t looked back. My Fedora Workstation has been my gaming laptop (Diablo Immortal and Asphalt) ever since and for Android development.

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I was unhappy with my laptop and Windows. I needed something new and different.
I moved to Ubuntu then Debian and learned the rudiments.
Then I’ve seen that using btrfs is easier on Fedora because I can prepare the partitions during the graphical install.
I’ve seen I can do more, even with my old laptop.
So, I bought a new one, I installed Fedora and after some struggles, I’m looking to let it work.
The Fedora community is great, I’m learning a lot.

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Now, what made me to decide for linux was the Worm.Win32.Blaster. I had dual boot before, mainly using Windows (XP). I had a computer, and a modem to connect to internet. Nothing else. I needed an update to prevent the infection, but I needed to connect to the internet to get the update, but as soon as I went online, Worm.Win32.Blaster came in. Tried twice. No chance. That day I ditched Windows for Linux for good, not even dual boot.

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I chose Red Hat Linux way back in the day because it was the only distribution I could find that had a new enough version of some tools I needed in my grad school work. I stuck with it through the transition to Fedora and am still using it today probably more out of intertia than anything else. :slight_smile: I like the Four Foundations (Fedora’s Mission and Foundations :: Fedora Docs): First is what brought me to Fedora, but Freedom, Friends, and Features are all important to me, too.

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I chose Fedora because I enjoy the fresh kernels and packages without being too bleeding edge. I prefer leading edge without the blood :laughing:

We also use RHEL at work, so it’s nice to have a familiar feel with DNF and package names/configuration/etc.

Plus the community seems to be some of the best that I’ve seen as far as kindness and helpfulness.

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