Fedora 16 Isn’t Ruthless Underneath It All – It Just Needs Some Love and Understanding

I admit, my brief tryst with Fedora 16 the other night has been stuck in my mind. It was good. Really good. I guess I had a few preconceptions going in. When you go with IBM, when you date that FBI agent, or that covert military assassin, you just expect some kind of perfection. They’ve got to have hard-core discipline, they had to work everything out well in advance. A downright ruthless execution in the name of perfection.

But you know what? You get them alone, and they’re just human. Just like you and me. I guess it’s not easy having to live up to perfection all the time. To never make a mistake. And when I saw Fedora 16 was human, that it farted and belched like the rest of us, it just turned me off. But that’s my fault. And F16 was sure willing to point that out. Because it’s perfect, right? Even when it’s not. And that can be infuriating.

I’m with Fedora 16 right now, as a matter of fact. And we’re getting along great. There’s really some stuff to love about Fedora, if you can look past the attitude. In fact, Fedora 16 has the features of Gnome 3.2, which is mostly ahead of the features that even Debian from the future has. I have a feeling Debian unstable will have them soon enough, though. But right now, with all their corporate intelligence connections, Fedora 16 is bringing out all the latest surveillance equipment, laser blasters, and Doctor Q saying “oops, sorry that shouldn’t have exploded, you shouldn’t have done that” when you yell about his super power ultra device nearly killing you.

And that’s the thing. Fedora 16’s Doctor Q seems to live deep under a volcano that hides a vast giga-warp mothership that also exists trans-dimensionally in orbit around the planet, laying down black rectangular obelisks for we monkeys. That’s why I’m a lucky guy Fedora 16 is even tolerating my fingers right now. What could they possibly want with me? I don’t know. But what I do know is that Fedora 16 is smokin’ hot, tight, and cold as ice. Fedora 16 will make me into a better man.

That’s why you can’t mount filesystems with a type “smbfs” any more. You have to specify “cifs”. F16 will just stare at you, saying “I don’t know what you’re talking about” unless you say it the “proper” way. And again, Fedora 16 is irritatingly right – it’s cifs now, not smbfs. And it doesn’t care what damage it may cause to people who don’t keep up on everything. It’s those damn perfect rectangular monoliths interconnected with the mothership, electrocuting us into being perfect. That cat-o-nine-tails and leather again, perhaps, but with a purpose.

That being said, though, browsing a Windows network through Nautilus didn’t work. Not like I personally care much, because I mount anything like that through the fstab. And Fedora 16 yet again wiped out my other operating systems from the boot grub menu — all except for Windows. Now, I’ve heard from other people that this never happened for them, so I asked if they were using LVM, but I haven’t heard back from any of them, so I suspect it’s a detection issue that only effects OS’s installed on LVM volumes.

Also, I managed to get the Nvidia proprietary drivers built, installed and loaded properly, which I have documented in case it might help someone else save some time/effort. Of course, you can always download the drivers from Nvidia yourself and build the kernel, but following those directions uses Doctor Q’s special Fedora sauce, which makes Doctor Q happy, which in turn is good for keeping Fedora 16 happy with you.

You know what I love most about Fedora 16, though? No, not the Jules Verne submarine. No, certainly not yum. No, not even the tight and sensible international cyber warfare landmines and electric fences of selinux integration (which is gratefully out of sight and mind most of the time). It’s that all my Google email addresses and contacts and calendar just appear as if they’d always been there, after filling out an “Online Accounts” control panel doohickey. OK, I admit it’s a little disconcerting as well. But CIA agents and military assassins exist to protect me. I have to remind myself of this. Again and again. F16 is very exciting – a physique that doesn’t quit, from the ground on up to the tip top of the head.

Bitches don’t have Miro, though. But that’s ok. Miro’s a slug dog with all that hybrid python crap going on. Unstable Debian has Miro, though, and it works pretty well now. Screw it. Fedora must have something better – I mean, just look at it!. And you know what else, screw Debian with all that lazy peace-loving hippy crap, too. Ima climb on board this F16 and jet right on up, and out. Watch your heads down there, suckas.

But gosh, it is a little cold being up so high.

In all seriousness, though, Fedora 16 is prime lean beef. It’s incredibly well thought out. It’s perfectly stable so far. I only found a couple, very minor things, that weren’t right, like Gnome having no idea what a terminal program was (which can be fixed by yumming in libgnome). It’s a great release. I’m going to be using it for a while instead of Debian unstable. My killer CIA military covert intelligence gatherer deserves a second chance – cuz he’s human after all, even if he can’t admit it.

Can’t decide — saga continues: The Trials of Cohabitation: Juggling Debian Sid and Fedora 16