I looked back in the archives and found out that I've been running Fedora on this particular laptop (HP Pavilion g6-2210us) for a year and two months.
Since this el-cheapo, about-$400 AMD laptop is NOT a top-of-the-line Intel-running Thinkpad, it hasn't gotten anywhere near the same level of love from the Linux kernel and driver developers.
But things have gotten better and better over time. And excepting the relentlessly rolling Arch Linux, things improve more quickly in Fedora than anywhere else. New kernels, drivers and applications, for the most part, fly onto Fedora systems via regular updates.
Probably the best "solution" I've found for the lack of AMD Catalyst packages in RPM Fusion for Fedora 20 has been to use the packages that are still being maintained in that repository for Fedora 19.
But as always with proprietary driver packages, there is a question as to whether or not they will work with a new Linux kernel.
Kernel 3.15.3-200 moved recently into Fedora 20, and I decided to make the leap into installing it today.
I can report that
akmod-catalyst handled it perfectly. Catalyst works in 3.15.3, and everything is running as it should.
One of the touted features in kernel 3.15 is faster suspend/resume. Does using a proprietary video driver negate this speedup? I don't know.
I do periodically test suspend/resume with the open Radeon driver to see if I can ditch Catalys, but at this point I'll wait for live Fedora 21 (and Ubuntu 14.10) media for my next foray into the free driver.
The title of this post is long. It says it all.
I'd like easy file-encryption from the file manager in Fedora (and every other version of Linux, for that matter).
I'd prefer that encryption be strictly password-based and not dependent on encrypted keys that I might lose, but encryption with keys that I have safely backed up offsite is better than no encryption at all, so I'm going to try using the GNOME application Seahorse to try this out.
I'll even ignore that I'm not using GNOME and instead relying on the Thunar file manager in Xfce.
But I do have a full GNOME environment installed, and I'd use it more if GNOME would run under the AMD Catalyst driver in Fedora 20. That it does not should be a much bigger deal than it appears to be among the greater Linux user base.
Anyway, I do have Nautilus, and to make Seahorse work in that file manager, Fedora offers the
seahorse-nautilus package. I installed it just now and will be giving it a try in the very near future.
Update: After installing
seahorse-nautilus, it is possible to encrypt files via right-click in Nautilus, but there is no right-click option to decrypt a file.
There is a Fedora 17-era bug on this issue, which appears to have been resolved.
An answer on Ask Fedora provided a workaround, but I'm reluctant to try it at this time, though I should probably look into it for help in creating a "custom action" in Thunar so I can encrypt/decrypt directly from my chosen Linux file manager.
I'm very confident about Fedora being in good hands as the Fedora.Next project begins remaking what the distribution is for those who both use and produce it.
That Fedora is stretching its own particular envelope and remaking itself for the desktop, server and cloud is huge. And having Matt -- a longtime Fedora contributor -- at the helm is very reassuring indeed.
Fedora is very stable, especially given how much new code gets pushed during the entire release period.
Nobody tells you that before you start running Fedora. The desktop environment tends to linger, but kernels, applications and lots of other components are new, new, new.
Just now I got a new Xscreensaver.
I'm not using Mirall to sync OwnCloud at this particular moment, but I am using Fedora's packages instead of those direct from OwnCloud due to dependency problems on the non-Fedora repositories. And there is a new Mirall today as well.
Every once in a while, a bit of catastrophe enters Fedora. There are SELinux issues. In my case there are AMD Catalyst issues (which can be solved by NOT running AMD Catalyst, which I do from time to time).
Right now Google Chrome kills X. That's my "issue" of the week, you might say.
And when things do go catastrophically wrong, there is usually plenty of help on the mailing lists and in the forum.
Mat's point, more specifically, was that he has less trouble with Fedora than he did with Debian Sid, the "Unstable" release that gets new packages all the time.
What's notable is that Fedora is almost always ahead of Debian Sid when it comes to newness. (It's not ahead of Arch, but what is?)
And that Fedora newness isn't in something called "Unstable," but is in the regular releases. There is no Fedora "Stable."
But for the most part, it works.