With over 2000++ current Linux Distros (that includes Distro versions with their DE’s, Flavors, Spins, etc) to choose from it can be difficult for anyone to find one and actually stick to it for any length of time – not impossible, but difficult. That 2000++ number doesn’t include the Distros that failed and/or just faded away. It doesn’t include the Distros that DistroWatch lists as “Dormant and Discontinued Projects” or their “Waiting List,” etc.

I started this Blog last year looking to find a new OS to replace WIN 7 ‘n the first post was on 01/06/2019. Google Dictionary shows “ebb and flow” as: ‘a recurrent or rhythmical pattern of coming and going or decline and regrowth.’ That description fits how The Blog ‘n I have searched for, experimented with, tested, etc. for a Linux Distro that is capable of being a true Desktop OS. Early on it became obvious that no Linux Distro was going to be able to replace Windows 10 for ‘Desktop Duty’.

Linus Torvalds believes ‘Fragmentation is Why Linux Hasn’t Succeeded on Desktop’ and he’s just talking about the 2000++ Linux Distros; however, the Fragmentation doesn’t just stop at the 2000++ Distros, since terminology differs in each Distro, there are different package managers for Distros, different ways to update various Distros, etc. Chromebooks and Android showed that Linux can be made into a true Linux Desktop OS…Linux based Desktop OS. At least finding a printer for Chromebooks and Android isn’t impossible, like trying to find one for a majority of Linux Distros is. Printers aren’t the only ‘Hardware’ issues that Linux users have to deal with, and you can forget using a basic ‘Mouse’ to its full ability!

My posts reflect ‘a recurrent or rhythmical pattern of coming and going or decline and regrowth’ over the past 19 months or so, as I would find a Distro that seemed wonderful, and then ‘sOmEtHiNg’ would happen!? Usually it is another hardware issue, but even a kernel update can cause problems. I know one Linux Fanatical user who swears by some of the Arch-based Distros – claiming that each one is better than WIN 10 whilst neglecting to mention the real reasons for all the Distrohopping from Namib to Archman to EndeavourOS (all terminal-centric distros) over the past year. Point is, be careful taking any advice from most Linux advocates, since they rarely mention all the hardware/software issues that Linux has.

Ebb ‘n Flow also continues at the Linux Newbie – since 1996 blog today as I prepare to remove Fedora SPINS from the #1 Distro spot on Karmi’s Top 10 Linux Distros, and replace it with CentOS. Everything was fine until I did a Fedora 32 update yesterday, and that update included a kernel upgrade to 5.7.14; however, I have no idea which update caused the problem!?

  • The Problem: I didn’t notice it right away, but rebooted it up later and it would get to a point in bootup that said to wait. Well, I don’t mind a short wait, but am not going to wait all day and discover that nothing is going to happen…besides me having to wait.

Fedora 32 has 3 kernel choices in the Boot Menu/Grub – i.e. the new 5.7.14 update and then 5.7.12 and 5.7.11, so I can boot into the desktop using either of the last 2. Probably a way to use a command prompt, since there is a Rescue choice in Boot Menu, but trying to find out what to type into the command prompt to either fix or delete that new 5.7.14 option is a serious pain in the neck!

That problem showed up on the ‘Apevia’ Ryzen™ test machine, but the same update on ‘Rose’ Intel test machine didn’t cause any problems. AMD ‘n Linux are not very compatible with each other, especially the AMD Ryzen™ line. If you want an AMD Ryzen™ computer it might be best to buy it from an OEM (tho they won’t guarantee Linux working on it – unless they install it), because building your own is going to require lots of extra work if you plan to use Linux. WIN 10 is fine with AMD Ryzen™.

(Note: Next post will probably be about FedX delivering a new monitor today, and 2 new Desk Monitor Swing Arm ‘tHiNgIeS’ arrive tomorrow…)

Linux Desktop is *FOREVER* stuck back in 1992 with DOS ‘n Windows 3.1 as a keyboard-focused ‘TERMINAL-CENTRIC‘ OS!