July 14, 2015

Fedora for Science (and the KDE desktop)

Being an amateur Theoretical Physcist is alot of work, I searched just about everywhere for a scientific version of Linux, while I had previous, but short uses of Ubuntu and Mint proved them, to me, unsatisfying. So after more digging around I decided to look at Fedora, it seemed great, but I still needed the scientific software pre-installed so I don't have to go do more digging. After a small bit of reading I saw the spins, sounded intresting, but I needed more, then, out of the corner of my eye, I saw the LABS page, it had everything from Art, to Cybersecurity, with all the applications pre-installed, I just had to go for it. You know what, it was completely worth it, it had a comprehensive library of everything, and after installing Libre Office, I was ready to go. It is safe to say that this got me HOOKED on linux, I adore having it dual booting on my Windows 7, so I can have a personal and scientific system. It runs on the modern and functional KDE desktop. One of the biggest pluses I found was that it ran on my 1920x1080 moniter right out of the box, without even running in render mode, or requiring drivers.

So what are the cons? For me, with KDE, is the massive amount of time you spend in the console, from installing packages, to fixing packages, to wanting to smash my computer becuase virtual box would not work no matter how many times I ran the commands and install repositories. But, thats about it, it was mostly stress free. After a while, you get used to it. So for me, it's a 9.999 out of 10, too much console and technicality if it's your first distro.

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