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I am very interested in moving to a Linux based desktop/workstation. Is Fedora 26 a good operating system option?

asked 2017-07-10 14:51:18 -0500

Mo gravatar image

updated 2018-11-04 04:30:50 -0500

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I intend to build the hardware myself, as I did for my Windows XP desktop. What motherboards, graphics cards, sound cards and NIC cards is Fedora 26 compatible with? Is there a hardware compatibility list at all for Fedora 26? Is there any hardware that I must stay away from at all costs? Thanks for any help and guidance.

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answered 2017-07-10 16:09:52 -0500

luca247 gravatar image

just a quick tought...i moved to fedora with fedora 23 with the workstation edition...wanted to switch to linux even if just out of curiosity than a real need, so decided to give linux distro's a the end fedora was the one that gave me less i'm on fedora 25, and even if i must admit i had some problems, i had nothing serious, like in other distros which were uninstalled after one day of in my opinion considering i'm still here, even if i had no need to switch, this is the right distro to step in ;)

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Can you tell me what kind of hardware configuration you are using for your Fedora 25? Were the problems you experienced with other Linux OSs related to hardware compatibility or other issues like OS features etc. I'm not worried about bugs because every OS has them right and so that would not be a deal breaker for me. In my opinion it would be hypocritical after decades of learning to live with the Microsoft BSOD to demand 'higher standards' of open source freeware.

Mo gravatar imageMo ( 2017-07-11 17:52:23 -0500 )edit

this are my specs : intel dual core 2.2 with amd radeon 4570 with 512 mb (dedicated) and 3 gb of ram...the problem i experienced were related to codecs cause fedora only support free standards as defaults and probably there should be some conflicts between codecs...for being more specific i rip cd's in m4a because mp3 gets me casual bitrates and i convert other files in mp3 (and not m4a) because m4a in converter give me casual bitrates...anyway this is not a real problem since m4a is read by almost every player now and anyway codecs were updated so the situation may have changed :)

luca247 gravatar imageluca247 ( 2017-07-12 04:08:58 -0500 )edit

That's a really helpful answer. Thank you for taking the time. It sounds like a nice spec you've got there BTW.

Mo gravatar imageMo ( 2017-07-12 14:46:07 -0500 )edit

well it's a 12/13 years old pc but hell yeah it does the job and with fedora 26 better than ever :)

luca247 gravatar imageluca247 ( 2017-07-12 15:12:30 -0500 )edit

I have decided to go for a mini-ATX form factor chassis and also the build will be completely fanless and therefore almost silent (hopefully). Once we manage to get the build working I'll come back with the full spec details and all the issues that arise. This is gonna be fun.

Mo gravatar imageMo ( 2017-07-19 16:15:57 -0500 )edit

answered 2017-07-10 15:20:32 -0500

masteroman gravatar image

Of course :-) Fedora is mostly oriented to the free software so don't expect to find proprietary drivers "built in" or "easily/officially provided" by Fedora project like you can find in Ubuntu. That said, it is not much hassle to install those drivers if you really need them.

Fedora is running new kernel so hardware support is probably as good as it gets, you can have issues only with components that require proprietary drivers, but those wouldn't work out-of-the-box on most of the other distributions as well...

As question is a bit vague answer may seem that way also so if you have any follow up questions just drop a line.

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Okay, I think I understand what you are saying - the Fedora hardware compatibility issues are about available drivers for hardware, rather than specific hardware not supporting the OS. As for Freeware, I'm a big user of it in the Windows environment but like almost everyone get trapped by Microsoft with their Office suite. A long time back I used Lotus Smartsuite and applications like Lotus123 were bigger than Excel (running on DOS 3.1 off 5+1/4" floppies).

Mo gravatar imageMo ( 2017-07-11 17:47:55 -0500 )edit

answered 2017-07-11 12:11:17 -0500

florian gravatar image

Of course it's the best option. But that question is so subjective and I doubt anyone can answer it for you. If Fedora is the right system for you, all depends on your needs and requirements, and ability to handle the system.

You should just test it, either with a LiveCD or an install in a VirtualMachine and evaluate it yourself (there is a bunch of Desktop Environments, spins, that are available for Fedora).

In terms of hardware compatibility, if you want it to be easy (and free), choose hardware where drivers are opensource drivers are available. That would mean you don't choose an NVIDIA GPU, and you choose Intel network and Wifi card.

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It doesn't have to be the 'best' Linux desktop option because as you rightly say than can be quite subjective. But surely the Linux community can at least agree on whether Fedora is a good option. From what I read Fedora is relatively mature offering and quite stable too. It also takes advantage of newly designed and developed graphics subsystem, which even though some people appear to complain about the majority of Linux commentators I have read view this as a positive feature. I think for my initial needs I would like to have a decent web browsing experience and a good email client.

Mo gravatar imageMo ( 2017-07-11 17:58:45 -0500 )edit

No question, Fedora is a good option!

florian gravatar imageflorian ( 2017-07-11 21:12:29 -0500 )edit

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