Fedora 24 Is Out!

Fedora 24 is finally officially released.  I’ll outline a little about how to upgrade, but I won’t be able to upgrade my own machines until I get home from work.

Stupid work, getting in the way of my Linux upgrades.

Anywho, let’s take a look at the upgrade process to get from 23 to 24 – I’ll just add this for informational purpose, as I’m a stickler for clean installs.  Plus, my 23 installs are fairly recent, so I won’t be losing a ton of stuff there…so I don’t have much of a reason to not to a fresh install.

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Extending Battery Life In Fedora 23

I ran into a little bit of an issue over the past several days…my battery life was horrendous.  Or at least it seemed that way compared to what it was under Windows.  Linus is notorious for having worse battery life (one of the few downsides to running it) on laptops, and the best explanation that I’ve been able to find is that the kernel is made to support such a wide variety of hardware, that it may be supporting things that you don’t need.

I remembered vaguely doing something about this during my last install, but it had been a while, so I had to research again to figure out what to do.  There’s a really simple tip that will help greatly – my battery life (as measured in Gnome) went from a little under 3 hours to almost 7.  Not quite the 9 hours I had under Windows, but a huge improvement nonetheless.

Here’s what I did:

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Fedora 23 Post-Install Guide for the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (3rd Generation)

There really isn’t much to write about this one – it’s just a post-install guide.  This laptop has been out for over a year now, and the newer kernels support pretty much everything.  Going back to my previous post about Fedora on this machine, there isn’t nearly as much to fix. I know this is a little late…especially with Fedora 24 coming out in a little over a week, but nonetheless here it is.

In my previous post I outlined my reliance on Windows lately, and it really got me to thinking, so I decided to switch my laptop back to Fedora.  My original reasoning was to use Windows on the laptop to have access to Lightroom for my (very amateur) photography needs, but I realized over the past year I rarely edited photos on it, as I prefer the large screen on my main machine.

Before my list of tasks, I’ll go through some of the changes.  After that, a good deal of this will be pasted verbatim from my post from last year, maybe with a few notes added.

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Update – Doom, Windows, and More

DOOM!  It’s been about six months since I’ve posted anything.  I don’t really have any excuses, it’s more laziness than anything else.

I am running Windows on my main machine right now.  I don’t really have an excuse, per se, but I have reasoning.  Half of the reason I am running Windows again is the releases of Fallout 4, and then DOOM.  Both are fantastic games…and I wanted to experience them in all of their glory on my 27″ 1440p monitor.  And boy was it worth it.

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Upgrading to Fedora 23 – It’s Easier Than Ever

So a few nights ago I updated my Thinkpad to Fedora 23.  It went pretty well.  I might still do a clean reinstall when I have some time, but that’s really only because I’m a little bit neurotic about clean installs…not because of performance.  I followed the instructions here, and they are pretty easy.

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