Where in the Linux world did I wind up?

#Fedora #UbuntuStudio #Kubuntu
If you didn’t read my blog post yesterday, you should know that I have installed Linux hundreds of times over the years. Lately I was quite happy in my KDE spin of Fedora 27 come 28. That is until I discovered the night before last that I could not play a Johnny Depp movie in my computer’s DVD player.
This led me to the conclusion that I should leave Fedora and go back to the Ubuntu world, or specifically Ubuntu Studio. That attempt was met with disaster when I discovered that under Ubuntu Studio my mouse moved so slowly that I had to keep picking it up and sliding it across my mouse pad six or seven times just to get to the other side of the screen to click something. I have no idea why it behaved in this way. I have run Ubuntu Studio before and had no problems. But this particular version of Ubuntu Studio, AKA the latest, was unusable for me. It was so painful to manipulate the mouse just to move from one corner of the screen to the other that I wasn’t even able to effectively search for a solution to the problem.
I was forced to reformat with a different version of Linux. So I looked through my collection of Linux DVDs and found a six-month-old copy of Kubuntu. (Kubuntu is a spin of Ubuntu that uses the KDE desktop.)
That’s where I am now. I reread an article on this blog where I wrote why I left Kubuntu and went to Fedora in the first place. Back then I complained that my videos (YouTube, Netflix, Amazon) we’re choppy when I watched them and so I switched to Fedora Linux and didn’t have that problem. Curiously, later that same problem also developed in Fedora and I discovered the reason was because I was rotating my desktop wallpaper behind the scenes every 60 seconds. It subsequently caused the system to drag sufficiently and make a slight jigaboo with any video I might be watching.
Now that I know that, and I’m back inside of Kubuntu, everything is fine and life is good. I was able to re-establish my backups and get my KDE looking pretty much exactly the way it did inside of Fedora 28. So that’s where I am today after my harrowing experience of yesterday!

Upgrading to Fedora 28 from Fedora 27

Upgrading is slow but definitely worth it.

I am presently upgrading from Fedora 27 to Fedora 28, which as of writing just came out.

At the stage I am at now I have already undertaken all of the command line instructions and have rebooted the computer. The system has started the upgrade process in the reboot. It’s taking a while but I think it will be worth it.

In the meantime, I am without my computer. So I’m using my new Pixel 2XL phone to dictate this article. It makes a few mistakes but that’s ok.
I was once a big fan of rolling Linux distributions but sometimes found them unstable. Sometimes certain programs would just stop working, or the whole OS, which is part of the deal with rolling distributions. I always thought I wanted the bleeding edge of Linux software, something you can get with rolling distributions.

What what I found, however, was that I really didn’t have the stomach or patience to wait for those programs that stopped working to start working again or go through tedious and confusing steps to get the program that stopped working to work again, or get the whole OS up and going again.
I am no newbie to Linux. I’ve been using Linux since 1998. So in these 20 years I have used most of the major distributions, if not all. Pretty much you name it, I’ve run it.

What I’m using now is Fedora Linux. The reason I decided to go with Fedora is that Linus Torvalds uses it and he is the creator of Linux.

Furthermore, I discovered, unlike some other non-rolling distributions, Fedora Linux can be upgraded to the next version without reinstalling the whole software. Meanwhile, you get regular updates so your programs stay fairly bleeding edge.

Upgrading Fedora from one version to the next can be done easily either from the command line or from inside the desktop environment, (which in my case is KDE).

That’s what I’m doing now. I’ve upgraded, or rather am still upgrading, Fedora 27 to 28, all from the command line. It’s easy to find instructions how to do this by a simple Google search, or if you prefer, DuckDuckGo.

At a certain point in the installation procedure the computer automatically restarts to begin the actual update process. That takes time. Be prepared not to be able to use your computer for about 45 minutes or so, which explains why I’m dictating this article on my phone rather than typing it on my computer.

So if you’re thinking of upgrading, by all means do so. Just search Google for “upgrade Fedora 27 to Fedora 28.” Be prepared that this will take some time but it will be worth it in the end.

The process is now complete. My computer is back to normal. Everything is as it was but under the hood is the new Fedora 28 version of Linux.