In the mood for something new

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at
Tue Nov 23 19:10:38 UTC 2021

Hey Kyle,

Ok, at the moment I am on fedora 35, the Mate Compiz spin, which is not 
giving me issues at this time.

I may give an upgrade to rawhide a go at some point, hopefully without 
breaking the install, but, whatever, if you break it, fix the darn thing.

Warm regards,

Brandt Steenkamp

Sent from my Fedora Install using Thunderbird

On 2021/11/23 21:03, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
> For the most part, even Debian testing isn't that great for desktop 
> users. Much of it is still older than Ubuntu, except maybe at the end 
> of the release cycle, and it tends to mix desktop component versions, 
> meaning for example that you could have some parts of GNOME 40 and 
> other parts of GNOME 3.38 at the same time. I found this phenomenon 
> occurring even in Debian experimental, which is supposed to be more 
> up-to-date even than unstable.
> I've had the best luck using Fedora, as even the 6-month release cycle 
> has newer packages than Ubuntu, and many times software gets updated 
> to upstream current versions during the release cycle, which I haven't 
> seen with Ubuntu, and certainly not Debian. Of course you can always 
> either upgrade a stable Fedora release to Rawhide, which is the 
> rolling release version that never needs to go through the upgrade 
> process once you're there, or you could install the Rawhide iso, which 
> you just install and keep updated. This is not for everyone though, so 
> most people may feel more comfortable with the release cycle. But 
> either is a good choice for keeping your system updated with close to 
> the latest software and getting access to a wide variety of available 
> packages without having to do tons of manual setup work.
> Solus is another option on some hardware, but I found that its version 
> of espeak made a rather odd growling sound when I tried it. Strangely, 
> I found this problem both on my bare metal and on a virtual machine, 
> and never was able to diagnose the problem. But you may have better 
> luck. I definitely liked how easy it was to go through the 
> installation process and get a system running.
> I know some people who are using Void Linux, and it is said to be very 
> good, though I'm not familiar enough with it to give you any pointers 
> on how to set it up. Looks from what I've read like it will be 
> something closer to an Arch setup, although an xfce version is said to 
> be available. Not sure whether it has a full installer or if it needs 
> to be set up manually, although there is said to be an xfce version 
> available. If this version ships with Orca, you could possibly get an 
> install going fairly easily.
> Over the years, I have had fairly long-term experience with Slackware, 
> Red Hat, which later became Fedora Core, Debian, Ubuntu, Arch and the 
> latest Fedora release and Rawhide, as well as short-term experience 
> with Mint, an Ubuntu derivative, Manjaro, an Arch hard fork, and 
> Solus, which stands apart because it is not derived from any other 
> distro, and my experiences with recent Fedora have been the best, with 
> the possible exception of Arch, which does work pretty well once you 
> get past the setup process.
> ~Kyle
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