I just reinstalled Fedora on my desktop in wake of some little issues that I’ve been having with Windows 10 and being too lazy to fix them, and I was really surprised by how insanely easy it was to set up.
First, the Fedora media writer downloads the ISO for you (not that it’s that difficult to begin with, but it was nice only having to download the 22 MB writer from their website, select which device to write to, and have it do the rest of the work). I think pendrive used to do this as well, but it didn’t always work.
Second, and this is the most surprising part, is I did not have to do nomodeset just to boot into the live image. I have a GTX 970 and so far EVERY distro that I have tried (even previous versions of Fedora) have had GPU driver issues and I’ve had to do nomodeset to get past them, and then download the proprietary drivers after installation to get everything working properly. I had no issues with the most recent Fedora. I just plugged it in, booted into the live USB, poked around a bit, went through the installer GUI, rebooted, and bam…it booted and worked just like it should.
Third, setting up my screen layout and primary display was super easy, and both of my audio devices worked flawlessly without having to tweak anything. I was especially pleased to find that my Plantronics RIG 800HS works perfectly in Linux. Neither of these things are usually difficult to get working, but I found that the UI in Fedora was more intuitive and simple than in other distros that I’ve used recently.
I don’t expect anyone to be as excited about this as I am, and I know none of this is very in-depth stuff, but I was really surprised at how easy everything was. It seemed like any little speed bumps that I usually run into when installing a Linux distro and getting everything set up afterward were just gone.