Yes, I have already switched back to Ubuntu and away from Fedora 35 KDE, and there are a couple of reasons why. First, this is a brand new LTS version of Ubuntu, meaning that they have refined the Ubuntu version of the Gnome interface with performance enhancements and stylistic changes that would make it the best version of the interface. As they move along to the next releases, there usually are some changes made that make it feel a little less polished to me because they are trying new things out. And LTS is not that and should be the most stable of the releases that they have until the next LTS. Second, Ubuntu just feels like home, as does Gnome. And while I really liked KDE and Fedora, there are just some things that I run into that I do not like.
I have certainly tried other distros, but never truly committed to using one that was not an Ubuntu base, or just plain Ubuntu. What does it mean for me to commit? I am talking about installing it on my main laptop that I use for everything other than gaming. It means using it for an extended period, and even when I am at that point of turning back, committing again and sticking with it.
This time I chose Fedora 35 with KDE Plasma version 5.24.3. And I can say that as of now, I am still loving it. The interface is similar to Windows, which I thought was going to be a point where I just decide to nuke KDE and go back to Gnome, but that has not happened. . . yet.
Another version of Ubuntu brings a host of new changes, including an elimination of the now classic Ubuntu combination of dark and light modes as a defaul theme. New is also a move to the Gnome 40 desktop environment. I will give my thoughts on some of the changes, and how the upgrade process has gone for me.
Windows 11 is here and I was offered the upgrade. Windows 11 really feels more like an upgrade to Windows 10, with a fresh coat of paint.
Fedora 34 comes with the new Gnome 40 Desktop Environment. I have not tried out a new distro in a while, but I was interested in seeing the new Gnome desktop, so I decided to combine that desire with trying the latest Fedora.
Alongside the new Macs, was released the latest version of the MacOS, Big Sur. In my experience so far, which is very non-technical, most of the changes are cosmetic, and that is not a bad thing. The system has gotten a visual overhaul, and now pulls a lot closer to in line with the design of iOS and iPadOS. Let’s step through some of the refresh.
Canonical recently released the latest version of its Ubuntu operating system. Focal Fossa is an Long Term Support release, which means it focuses on stability and shoring up new features added in over the last several itterations. It lives up to that, and is a very solid release. I installed it fresh on my distro-hopping machine and upgraded my main system to this version, and been using it for about two weeks. This is my review.
Continuing my fun, trying different distributions of Linux, I decided to join the folks of Big Daddy Linux and try Solus Linux 4.1: Fortitude. Because I am trying something new, I thought it would be good to go all out and try KDE again. Finally, I was able to see what people truly see in KDE. I must say that this time it was a joy to try out. This will be my thoughts on Solus 4.1, but also on KDE, which I am seriously thinking about switching to, eventually.
Recently I finally decided to take the plunge and attempt to install Arch Linux. It took me two tries, with a walk-through video, and then detecting what was done incorrectly in the video and correcting that the second time through, but I finally I was successful. I would like to talk about my first impressions in completing the install and using the system.
With the completion of my desktop PC upgrade complete, I decided to take the opportunity to install Kubuntu rather than my normal Ubuntu install. Here are my initial thoughts.