Maintenance and format time. What's it gonna be?

Ok, update on this. I had installed OpenSUSE and it went really well but something about it didn't click. Mostly Gnome not being a first class DE. I didn't enjoy YaST, or the ruby 2.7 dependency. Zypper was ok.

Fedora got some love here so I quickly pivoted to 34 and I gotta say it's come a long way with my hardware. This may be a great fit once I massage out some DNS challenges with systemd-resolve that are minor.

@yisraeldov Saw the nix logo and got curious about it prior to creating this poll. With such little time to wrap my head around nix, I decided to take on a more familiar project, for now.

If you'd like to share more about what makes nix so great I'd be open to hearing more about it! It seems fascinating

I used redhat before its ipo. Long ago I had my fill of rh, rhel (years) and even centos. Too much of their own rh 'stuff'. Suse, I haven't used in a very long time, so I don't know. I am using debian on new servers and ubuntu on old. On the desktop, anything may be made to work really - I just like having kde. KDE Neon updates too often and break things, but I haven't chosen again. Prior to that my own pc was mint for years.

@Gemlog KDE is the primary desktop of SUSE. I had become pretty comfortable with Gnome 40, however. It works really well with a second monitor by not treating it like an extension of one workspace

KDE used to have Normal multiple desktops, then some trackstar came up with the idea of 'activities' which are useless duplication and damn confusing.
You can add an 'activity pager' to your task bar and simply have, say, 4 'activities', each with its own wallpaper(s). I keep four, but also have different wallpaper on each monitor. These days I use wallpaper for things like maps and cheatsheets or cronjob screen captures of websites.
Main love of kde are the KIO-Slaves.

@Gemlog can one monitor be an activity with 4 workspaces independent from another monitor that is an activity with 1 workspace? What's a KIO slave?

I don't know - and I can't play just now as my pc is down (ps dead). I imagine one could make two desktops and then have 4 activities on one of the desktops? Or something like it. KDE is flexible as heck - that may be a bug in some ppl's minds. Also checkout the monitor setup section for other combinations. One could also xnest another login. Or even put a vm on the other monitor. Or... IDK. Spitballing as I haven't had the need.
Yet... :-)

@Gemlog Fair. For all my time fiddling with KDE I could never figure out how to get it to leave my second monitor alone when I switched workspaces on the primary. There are other things in KDE that made me eyeball Gnome again. The main one was craving a simple consistent workspace

It's nice to be able to type e.g. ftp:// in anything that will take a url like a file dialog box, dolphin or whatever. So, for e.g. you could have 5 files open in Kate, some local and some remote and save the session. I have sftp Bookmarks in dolphin for remote machines even. Sometimes handy, but usually use mc for those needs.

Apparently, KInfoCenter -> Protocols has a complete list of what is supported by kioslave lib.

For reasons: that's a copied idea ;-)
I've been using kde since before there was gnome, so gnome just frustrates me. That's just me though. Many like it.

@Gemlog I'll stop kidding myself and say that we will probably have this conversation again, but I'll be back on KDE or something else. As if I can stick to one DE

@trevdev after drifting around everything, including suse and arch I am a happy Fedora user for years nlw

@charlag nice! I'm tempted to avoid installing NVidia drivers for fear of stirring Gnome's pot too much. I have one of those 'discreet' GPUs in a Dell XPS 15. Have you much experience to offer?

@trevdev Fedora has a repo with nvidia drivers so it might work? If Wayland is a problem you can always switch to X.
Do you only have a proper GPU or is it a hybrid? Idk what is the situation with hybrid.

@charlag Technically RPM Fusion has a repo with drivers. Fedora's docs even has instructions. It assures me that Gnome knows what to do with my hybrid.

For context discreet GPUs are supposed to take over the load when it's appropriate to do so and leave the lighter lifting to the Intel GPU. This is supposed to make video processing "better".

The minute I install NVidia though wayland gets disabled and x11 is my only gnome option. This is the Fedora way. I worry it will choke things up.

@charlag There are directions to force my NVidia card to do _all_ of the work, which is a viable solution as well, so long as Gnome/GDM doesn't tilt. No video game/hardware accelerated app is worth that to me.

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