So I took the plunge and installed Fedora Silverblue because of all that immutable buzz. And it’s the most frustrating change I have made in almost 20 years of my distrohopping.

After installing Silverblue I configured it as usual. I installed necessary flatpaks, played with toolbox and distrobox, installed codecs, configured my bluetooth keyboard and other stuff in /etc and /var. Applied some useful tweaks I found on the web and… well… everything works. Nothing to do anymore. No issues. Nothing breaks, no dependency hell, everything runs smooth. I have nothing to tweak, tinker or configure anymore. So frustrating.

Every update is just… meh. Smooth, new, fresh system not affected by my stupid tweaking and breaking. Booooring.

I don’t have to distrohop anymore. If I want other distros I can just install them in distrobox. Other versions of apps? Something from AUR perhaps…? No problem. What’s the point of distrohopping now? Other DEs? I just rebase my system to other images with almost any DE or WM I want without losing data or messing everything up (damn you, UBlue!).

I don’t even have to reinstall the damn thing cause every time I update the system or rebase it to another image it’s like reinstalling it.

Silverblue killed distrohopping for me. Really frustrating.

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    11 months later …

    NixOS looks interesting whoosh sucked into a warp

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    Congratulations. You have completed Linux. Please prepare a usb installer for Haiku to move on to the next step of your jouney.

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    After beginning to wrap my head around atomic immutable OSes, I can’t believe they’re not the standard for most servers. i can’t believe Debian doesn’t have an official atomic and immutable version yet, seems exactly like the kind of stability they aim for

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    I should give the immutable distros a try when I’m not reliant on VMware. Though all that said, I’ve been using Fedora KDE Spin lately, and it hasn’t really been a problem either.

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    lmao same, btw install nix using the nix-installer by deterministic system, now i can instalk any cli application without needing to enter distrobox

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    You got me so good. Been using fedora for a few years now and I’ve been hesitant to hop to silverblue but now, after reading your issues with it I might just have to stay away. I can’t imagine a world of painless updates and rebasing smoothly. If I don’t have things to troubleshoot what else am I gonna do on my PC!

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    Two days ago my Mint system got borked by a kernel update. I booted from the grub menu with the prior kernel, and rolled back with Timeshift. Pretty painless. You don’t need Atomic/immutable distros for that sort of reliability.

    I’m playing with kinoite in a VM, though.

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      Depends what you break. Sure kernels are easy to fix like you mention, but what if you bork your display manager?

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        Can’t you run timeshift from a live usb? Never tried, but i believe its possible. Obviously more time consuming and bothersome, but possible.

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          I actually don’t know whether timeshift can just run easily from a live USB, but I don’t see why not.

          But of course that also requires you to have installed and set up timeshift before (which is obviously a good idea)

          It’s quite a different deal when the whole operating system it built around a timeshift-like concept.

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    Oh man. I’m so sorry for your loss. May your system break at some vague point in the future in a way that is nigh impossible to diagnose and that no one else seems to have experienced. Godspeed, you unwillingly content penguin!

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      that the thing, if it breaks, the roolback is there or simply rebase without merging /etc, so basically a factory reset

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    I’m honestly so trolled, I hate change & hate the idea that something might be better than my existing Arch install. I hate that security, reliability, and flexibility are improved. I cope by reminding myself that I’m very low on disk space right now, for the needed extra partitions

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      If you have a spare homelab machine Fedora does an immutable build called IoT (they branded it wrong it’s just a barebones install appropriate for servers also).

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    I’m in the same boat, Kinoite (or rather my own blue build of it) killed my distro-hopping. But fans of Arch might be interested in the upcoming immutable arch-based OS: BlendOS

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        Thanks! I had not heard about it.

        It seems to only consider GNOME as the official DE and seem to not have the “blend” integrations of different distro.

        Might not be for me but I appreciate the reply and it might help others.