Brain Overflow

Returning to Fedora Workstation (from Silverblue)

I've been using Fedora Silverblue for the past few months on my desktop computer. I don't necessarily use that computer a ton, which is important to note. (Something to possibly remedy with a better ergo/standing chair)

It is a cool concept, but ultimately cost me more time and effort than I was interested in putting in. That's why I ditched Arch for the more "just works" Fedora, though the Haskell-Arch situation was the straw that broke the camel's back there. I had trouble with some really specific things, like getting a code editor that would work with toolbox containers (forced into VS Code?), and setting up VirtualBox, and not knowing how/if I could use a VPN. It essentially made some things be 'normal Fedora with a bunch of extra steps, little help, and possibly no viable solution.' Others were as easy as installing a flatpak, but that's obviously just as easy on whatever distribution you're on.

So as much as I (apparently) love trying to figure things out and trying new things, I need to be able to spend my time more efficiently, considering all that I am trying to learn. Incidental immutable Linux distribution knowledge is less valuable to me than topics more specific to my career path.

I hope I haven't sounded harsh or anything, because most of the issue is just me and what I know, and what I want/don't want to do/spend time on. Just because we don't match doesn't mean Silverblue is flawed.

So I installed Fedora 38 this morning on my desktop and VirtualBox was working right away. (I needed VirtualBox specifically for what I am up to, which is using a VirtualBox VM straight from Microsoft. Would normally just use Boxes or virt-manager)

I think I am going to commit to the Nix rabbit hole next, but probably just the package manager.

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