Day #3 of Fedora Silverblue

By the third day of using Fedora Silverblue, I already discovered it wasn’t as easy to customize Gnome as in Fedora Workstation, or any other distro with a Gnome Desktop Environment. No matter what desktop environment I’m running, the first thing I always do is install a dark theme, either Adwaita-Dark, Arc Dark, or Greybird Dark, and the second thing I do is install papirus icon. With Gnome, you need to install Gnome Tweaks, if it is not already installed by default. With Fedora Workstation it’s just a simple sudo dnf install gnome-tweaks papirus-icon-theme, but with Silverblue instilling these apps requires you to use rpm-ostree instead of dnf.

Once installed, I was able to customize Gnome the way I like it! I’m still installing apps on my laptop, but so far I’m linking Silverblue so much I’ve installed it on a second laptop. Before you go thinking I’ve already made up my mind, I doubt it will stay on the second laptop long since Pop os 21.04 beta was just released, and I’m very excited to check out Cosmic!

Debian 10 Released!

After just over 2 years of development, the Debian Project released the latest stable version of its operating system, code name “Buster” today.  

Debian 10 “Buster” ships with several different desktop environments including:

  • Cinnamon 3.8,
  • GNOME 3.30,
  • KDE Plasma 5.14,
  • LXDE 0.99.2,
  • LXQt 0.14,
  • MATE 1.20,
  • Xfce 4.12.

Running on the 4.19 LTS kernel, Buster also comes with UEFI Secure Boot and AppArmor enabled by default.  One of the biggest changes in this release is the GNOME desktop using the Wayland display server by default instead of Xorg. This seems like an odd choice for Debian considering their reputation for stability. Considering Wayland is not fully compatible with Nvidia graphics cards and doesn’t have all of the features of Xorg it will be interesting to see how this works out. 

More information can be found on Debian’s homepage along with links to download the iso image.