Fedora 37 Workstation Review | DistroDelves S4:E3
Now I tend to prefer more eclectic. Linux distros, but Fedora just got a new release and people ask me all the time what I think of the latest gnome and gtk4 stuff. So here we go into the thick of it, since this is a first real episode that Ive done in a while Ive got lots to ramble about, but Ill save that to the end when were playing games. So I can talk a little bit about the installer. Now Ive not spent a lot of time on fedoras installer and I think thats a crime, its called Anaconda and yes, its been around for quite some time. But, despite being so simple on the outside, it has a pretty radical partition. Editor theres actually two different types. One is a bit like G parted and the other one is a bit more conventional than what you would expect from an installer with a selection of partition, types and file systems and whatnot. But Anaconda. The installer is very simple and it kind of always has been its kind of the beauty of it and theres a post, installer thingy. That happens after the install like when youre done, and you reboot some distros like to cram this stuff into the installer. But Fedora saves the user config and account stuff until the very end when you boot in for the first time. I personally have no preference on this, but I will say that having a post, install config step feels like a good bit of Polish to me and the desktop.
Is you guessed it its gnome, its gnome 43, to be exact and Fedora gnome shipped this nice little welcome help app. That shows you around. I think its pretty good its been around for a few releases and yeah its just a its just a welcome map. Now, while gnome 43 feels and looks a bit different, its still just ordinary gnome, there are things that I like and dislike about the new desktop the background. For example, I dont like that one much it changes with dark mode, which is cool, but the pillars and like the art style overall, looks like something out of day of the tentacle, which would be cool as a homage but its a desktop wallpaper. Now its been a while since Ive really delved into a distro, and a lot of this looks new to me to be honest, gnome has an overly mobile esque theme now, like even more so than before. I think I mentioned that on the last episode of Fedor, or maybe even the one before that and maybe thats the plan for gtk4 or gnome in general, its certainly a look but its not a look. I want on my desktop workstation. If you know what I mean, if you like, that mobile style of design, then youll like this and I dont hate it. I think it would look really good on a mobile device like a phone or a tablet, but not on my desktop and the default.
Apps are about which you would expect from gnome Ive always thought the inclusion of maps to be an odd one. I mean its cool, but its not that useful to a regular, desktop user. I dont think, and another weird one is how the image viewer is located in the utilities category. Yet some system utilities such as the system monitor in terminal, are just like out in the open. I mean thats such like a minor thing, but theres not really much to pick at with gnome, so I got ta pick something, but speaking of the terminal, Fedora uses dnf as its package manager and theres, not really a good front end for it. Besides gnome software, I guess so if you want to download something like neofetch into the terminal, you go speaking of our friend neofetch. The Fedora logo looks pretty cool here doesnt. It, though this is Fedora. Linux 37 workstation Edition running on the new distro delves pc Fedora 37, is running kernel version 6.0.7 in bash version 5.1.6 for reference. Debian Bullseye is currently on kernel version 5.10 youre, looking at gnome 43 here using Mudder as the window manager. This is Wayland all the time, so theres no X involved unless youre doing something like playing a game, and the theme is just vanilla, adwadia, with a standard set of known icons, which I happen to really like now in terms of resource usage, Fedora has always been A mixed bag, the install size is Tiny weighing in at about 3.
8 gigabytes. Most distros weigh in at about 10 and windows takes like 40 or 50 gigabytes, but the memory usage at idle is 1.4 gigabytes, which is kind of a lot considering its just a desktop sitting there, but the CPU load after 15 minutes was a cool 0.2. So, even though its quietly consuming Ram the CPU isnt doing much of anything so yeah whats new about Fedora, 37, honestly, not much. It seems like mostly just gooey polish, and I mean I can see that it looks good. But as far as like technical stuff, not much has changed, I dont think Fedora has always done pretty well. On the distro delve set of tests, I was able to open all the archive files in all of the document files and all of the code and configuration files. The three code files, which is scripts, actually needed to be run from a terminal despite being marked as executable files, just wouldnt, run them and thats annoying. Most of the audio files played just fine with one exception. That was Windows, media, which I mean whatever and Fedora did poorly on the video Codec test, failing to play back av1, h.264 and h.265 or HVAC codex. It did well enough on the image type test, though I thought it was weird that gnome files could render the thumbnail for the jxl image, but image viewer itself, couldnt open it, Bluetooth, discovered and connected just fine, though its a little odd that you can only like Disable Bluetooth from the top bar.
So if you want to enable this or discover devices you have to dive into the settings, Bluetooth worked and printers worked too. I just went to the printer section and pal. My printer was there. I didnt have to hook anything up. So, on distro delves Ive always had a gaming segment at the end of the episode and this ones not going to be much different, but the problem Ive always had with it is that the numbers by themselves are just numbers. So if uni engine Valley Benchmark returned 8.6, what does that mean by itself? It doesnt really mean anything right, its just a number but thats. Why we need something to compare it to and given that this is the first delve, where Im actually Gathering all of these Benchmark numbers a lot of them. I wont actually show you Im just Gathering them for maybe comparison in the future or something like that. For now, Im going to show you the gaming performance, because I kind of want to see how this thing holds up. If we stick to the older games or old ish games, we can hopefully find somewhat playable frame, starting with the lowest of sample Hitman. The performance at 1080 was abysmal and not playable The Benchmark returned 12, but in the game it probably got lower than that. Reducing the games display resolution made it playable, but the frame rate still wasnt that great Hitman was an early feral, interactive port and Im pretty sure you can actually get better performance with this game.
If you run the windows game using dxvk, but were just using the native Linux version, which is opengl here next up is Shadow amordor, another early, feral, interactive Port. This game has always struggled with AMD graphics and it looks like it still does it shouldnt be struggling. This hard here I could get the Benchmark to run at 1080, but the Game Wouldnt. It would just stop responding when its loading in. So if I drop the resolution down to 720, the game looks pretty bad but honestly its a really fun game to play, and in a pinch I would play it. Next is Tomb Raider 2013. This one is a bit more nice about the AMD gpus and The Benchmark. Returned 30 frames, a second which isnt too bad in the future. When I have a larger sample set to compare it to Ill say more, but as it is its not too bad, I can play it. Remember that this is gnome and Weyland, and that means it should be using an ephemeral, X, Weyland server, running in the background, to render all of this or show all of it or, however, the heck it works, and I mean hey, thats, pretty solid and the last Game on the list Im going to show you is dirt rally which I thought would make for a pretty good Benchmark and System test, because you know with driving games. You notice, when theres a big frame drop like youre going around a corner and the frame rate drops out, I mean thats, pretty noticeable.
I was using the GamePad here and Im, not very good at the game, which is fine, but I didnt notice. Any major frame drops, it ran Just Fine Dirt rally pulled the highest Benchmark of them all at 35 frames a second at low graphics, and it is worth noting that I have the graphic settings for all the games tested here on low, but were talking about totally Different Graphics, engines and stuff, so the numbers between the games isnt really comparable in that way. Overall Id rate the game: gaming experience on Fedora, 37, just okay, I ran into some issues trying to get Tomb Raider to play right and Shadow Mordor just like wouldnt. Let me play at my native resolution, so that was a bummer. In fact, Hitman and Shadow Mordor werent really playable at the full screen resolution at all, like even in the Benchmark, so Ill keep an eye on those for the next set of delves to see. If the performance is better on something else, but Tomb, Raider and dirt rally were very playable, so thats good, so yeah Fedora 37, not exactly an exciting one, but it was nice and predictable, which is exactly what I need for a first delve or first kind of Delve, can you believe that Ive only recorded three distro delves episodes this year? I mean, unlike Ive, live streamed too, but those are a little bit different. I asked you guys on Mastodon what she liked about the show, and you said that it was quick to the point episodes with easy to listen to dialogue and some nice music playing in the background, so thats really what Im gon na hone in on.
I know that Ive said Im done with distro delves in the past, but I mean you know my mind changes all the time and I was feeling it and Fedora came out and then pow heres a new episode for you. Sometimes that happens. I hope that you like this one and if you did be sure, to leave a like comment subscribe. Let me know what you want to see in the future.