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Perpetrator behind the Schotty.com website, enthusiast in GNU/Linux, Firearms, Formula 1,NASCAR, and Golf.
Perpetrator behind the Schotty.com website, enthusiast in GNU/Linux, Firearms, Formula 1,NASCAR, and Golf.

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* Warning to non geeks, its thick with Linux talk *

I have recently procured a refurbished Dell Latitude 5285 2in1 tablet. Started with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS on it (Dell told me to). It worked. But once I got the fact that the hardware was indeed good, I plopped +Fedora Project's Fedora 28 Workstation on it.

Yet once again, Red Hat does it better.

Out of the box everything except my digitizer pen (known issue with certain digitizer pens, my Dell one included) was perfect hardware-wise. And I am getting a slightly better battery life with tlp+powertop+tuned. Not sure if its the kernel or the fact I can use powertop2tuned. But who cares, another 45m is another 45m, right? On Ubuntu I needed a week from when I installed it to get the on screen keyboard to work correctly (update fixed it), rotation was janky, and the Canonical supplied tools were definitely in need of TLC. I think if I was less busy with a packaging job (make RPMs for money ... sure!) and upgrades/repairs/modifications to my Jeep, I may have lost it almost as quickly as I did Win10 (ads now, really Microsoft, ads?). I have certain expectations that were not quite met here with Ubuntu. Exceeded thus far with Fedora. I think that the move to GNOME can be at least partially blamed, if not the sole reason.

I was very tempted to throw my one remaining RHEL entitlement on it, but as of kernel 4.16, all my hardware is supported via the kernel, so it kinda made it a no brainer. Although, CentOS + ml-kernel (from elrepo) may be a good option too. This is intended to be a mobile work lappy, so EL7 actually isn't a bad idea. Once I get this thing setup I may need to clonezilla it and play with CentOS on it and see if there are any deficiencies in the different GNOME versions (3.22 in 7.5 methinks).

So now I have 2 Dells that had claims from sales that RHEL or Ubuntu would run great on them, and they do! Good job +Dell! Nice hardware that plays extremely well with linux. Just preload it now on everything and save me the half hour :D

I must say though, that 18.04 isn't a bad release thus far. But there is some improving needed for GNOME and they need to get on the ball with a few addon technologies like SELinux and tuned. Otherwise nothing much to say there.
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Need a little weekend DIY inspiration? Look to 1980s Romania...
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Learn more about Red Hat OpenStack Platform 12, which introduces containerized services, improving flexibility while decreasing complexity for faster application development. http://red.ht/2A2j9rB
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Ok, this is a cool design.
Coolest personal site ever?

Karl Steltenpohl's website has a built-in terminal.
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