Fedora 20 Installation

After hoping through different GNU/Linux distros, I can't still have a smooth and painless installation with Fedora 20. There are always some tweaks and googling here and there to make things work. When you think of it, you can't blame it, as it was not designed to be used as a desktop operating system.

Some thoughts on the Fedora 20 installation and setup.

1. Resizing LUKS encrypted LVM partition. I tried but failed to do it correctly in my default Debian installation. Missed out certain step and corrupted the whole partition. Luckily, I've backup all the important stuff elsewhere. But somehow I was surprised that GParted 0.19.1 can ONLY detect luks-crypt partition. No worry, I'll learn about this later once I've setup the virtualization in the workstation.

2. Installation using netinstall. Supposed to speed up the installation process but I was stuck waiting to set up the installation source with no indication what so ever. I was under the assumption that the installer, Anaconda, somehow crashed or freeze but it turned out my slow Internet connection was the cause of it. In the end, I just switched to full DVD installation instead.

3. Partition Scheme. Following the default standard scheme but with encrypted partition using Butterface file system (Btrfs). Heard a lot about this filesystem but never really try it, will explore more after this.

4. No initial login screen, to be exact, GDM (Gnome Display Manager) was missing, and just a blank wallpaper. This happened after the first boot up upon finishing all the installation. Switched to another console by Ctrl+Alt+F2 and checked the /var/log/boot.log file. Nothing particular unique suggesting any issue. Suspected must be related to X or buggy Nouveau graphic card driver. Reboot the machine again and it seems to work.

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