Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Finding My Way Around Fedora 20

GNOME 3.12 is the latest stable release from GNOME DEVS. They're coming out with GNOME 3.14 any day now but that won't make it to any major distribution out there. Not for about a month, I guess.

I am using GNOME 3.10 with Fedora 20 and I am happy with it. Evolution is working with my accounts configured from the online accounts. When I had to add an account (eg zoho) it was a breeze. My initial install updated to the latest Firefox which came out a few weeks ago. Yum Updates installed the latest Linux kernel which is 3.16.x. When I checked if I had the patched bash package, I indeed have the bug-free version now. So I don't have a problem with my Fedora.

I had to install Gnucash which is not part of the default application for Fedora 20. I had to enable several repositories for flash, codecs, dropbox and google chrome. But I was surprised that updates were light compared to Ubuntu. I mean Fedora 20 came out December 2013 and I am installing it October 2014, that's 9 months after it was released. I was expecting a ton of updates. The updates were there but it was "light". I later will learn that Fedora's yum (yellowdog update manager) uses diff method which only downloads and installs the delta code and not the entire package. That makes perfect sense to me. And it works.

What were the things that nearly blindsided me? Well, I tried searching for my gnupg keys via Password And Keys (seahorse) but it failed to fetch the keys from the servers. I don't know why. There's no error notification or anything. I was ready to try cli but I remember that I have downloaded mykey.gpg and saved it somewhere. When I pointed seahorse to that local file, it imported the keys perfectly.

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