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Help me stay on Fedora. Vagrant issue due to libvirt.

asked 2016-05-12 05:51:02 -0500

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I am using Fedora as my developer environment and just love it! But I need to use Vagrant and since Virtualbox is not supported I may need to change to Ubuntu. Would really appreciate help on this issue so I can continue using Fedora. Thanks in advanced for replies on this matter.

1) I need to be able to make a scotch/box work ( ). But it is only supported by Virtualbox. I have heard of something called mutate, is it possible to use this box on Fedora with libvirt using mutate?

2) What is the catch by installing Virtualbox in Fedora? What is the best way to do this?

3) With Ubuntu 16.04 released a lot of people say that this is the go to Developer distro. Also Stack exchange survey 2016, says that Ubuntu is the big winner with 17% of the developers asked used Ubuntu 17% and Fedora 2%. I like Fedora and would like to have it as my go to distro, but will I lose possibilities as a developer by staying with Fedora? Is there any special tools or technologies I will lose? I do mostly Front-end, web, javascript etc. But also I play around with a lot of different languages and technologies as I am currently studying and have not specialized yet.

In the end is not one of the advantages with Vagrant that developer can use different OSes and setups? With the Vagrant box being the common ground?

I am working towards becoming a software developer, but also is interested in system administration and infrastructure, so maybe I will reach towards a Devops role. That is also why I like to use Fedora, since many enterprises uses Red Hat, I feel that it will give me an advantage if I pursue a role in operations.

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answered 2016-05-12 10:26:38 -0500

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Well, Fedora is a good choice for development, used with python, ruby, php, js shell script , puppet and ansible. But that is my opinion since been using Fedora for over 7 years as developer and devops. About your questions:

You can install VirtualBox using or Oracle rpm, one thing you need to take care of is since Fedora update its kernel faster than Oracle or rpmfusion update the kernel modules for VirutalBox you should set the kernel to update only when you know the there is an update of Virtual box kernel module on one of those sites. But my apreciation is you can get all that and use docker to do the same stuff that.

If you want to become sysadmin and keep up with leading tech, will say stay in fedora and work around the issue it will present to do you job, that will improve your tech skills and knowledge. It will also let you stay ahead of others as new stuff comes around. As sample I learn systemd first that any others coders.

Good Luck

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Thanks a lot for your feedback!

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