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Fedora Workstation and the Vaccination Vacation

It's been a while since I last posted here. Spring is about to arrive, I am on a short vacation, and the wife and I have received both Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses. Both doses had our arms hurting the next few days pretty bad. Nothing really as far as side effects to report. We are both glad to get that done and out of the way. I was a little nervous both times because of reports of elevated heart rate since my health condition has me compromised as it is.

I am happy to report that I believe I may also be cured of distro-hopping. Trust me when I say I did a ton of it since my last post in December 2020. I think that I've learned that the grass is hardly ever greener on the other side of the fence. Some of the distros I was on were Pop!_OS, Linux Mint, Debian, Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, and Manjaro. I've also been on many desktop environments. I keep coming back to GNOME Shell though. Sure I don't use it exactly how it meant to be used, instead, installing extensions and changing it to what I am used to.

I really gave KDE a good try this time and I still think the experience seems not right to me. I give them credit for having it so configurable, but it just does not feel right to me. It seems that where I landed is Fedora 33 Workstation which uses the GNOME Shell. This is probably where I will stay unless somehow I get burned beyond repair. Everything works great after the initial install of the RPM Fusion repositories for NVIDIA drivers. I've always been drawn to distros like Fedora, OpenSUSE, and Manjaro for some reason. So being on Fedora makes me feel like I am doing something different than just getting on an Ubuntu variant.

If you've used GNU+Linux for a while I think you will understand the constant hopping. With so many choices in distribution and desktop environments, it takes some time to figure out which one works best for you. Windows and macOS don't have the choices, what you get, is what you're stuck with and so you just use it. With GNU+Linux, everything is changeable and you have the freedom of choice in choosing which distribution works best for you.

I've been using computers since the late 1980s when the first computer I used was an Apple IIe and eventually bought my own computer which was a 386 IBM Clone in the early 1990s. I at one point remember purchasing a book about learning GNU+Linux, it came with a compact disk with a distro on it. I can't remember which one, but anyway it all would send me on my way into a computer-based career and the rest is history.

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