AlmaLinux beat everyone out-the-gate last year ‘n they haven’t slowed down since. So far, I haven’t found any other Distro close to the smoothness, stability, steadiness, offered options, reliability, etc.

That’s just this ‘Newbs‘ opinion:

Contrary to the belief of many, a noob/n00b and a newbie/newb are not the same thing. Newbs are those who are new to some task and are very beginner at it, possibly a little overconfident about it, but they are willing to learn and fix their errors to move out of that stage. n00bs, on the other hand, know little and have no will to learn any more. They expect people to do the work for them and then expect to get praised about it, and make up a unique species of their own.

Maybe the others are doing better in the Enterprise Arenas, in the Corporate World, and amongst the *BIG* Business Empires…I dunno, I’m just a ‘Newb‘. However, If some CEO or head IT Specialist picks a Distro like Rocky Linux or CentOS Stream or VzLinux to replace their discontinued CentOS 8, then they have best made sure that they have thoroughly checked out AlmaLinux.

Rocky Linux 8.5

As noted recently on this Linux Newbie – since 1996 blog, and recorded on the KDE Plasma – ‘Newb TidBits page, I have moved on from the GNOME DE ‘n have taken up the KDE Plasma Desktop as my primary DE.

I had honestly expected Rocky Linux 8.5 – Rocky-8.5-x86_64-dvd1.iso @ 9.98 GB – to be an equal to AlmaLinux at ‘Desktop Duty‘, but was definitely wrong.

Maybe CEOs ‘n head IT Specialists don’t care about what a ‘Desktop Duty‘ Linux OS is, so I will keep this review short.

Also, it is no secret that The Linux Foundation, The Linux Kernel Organization, and others that make up the entire Linux Leadership Community have always focused on the Enterprise Arenas, the Corporate World, and amongst the *BIG* Business Empires:

  • The Linux Foundation leadership team includes experts in technology management, business, legal, marketing, and ecosystem development – all focused on open technology.
  • Streamline project operations and boost community engagement with digital tooling, contributor and participation analytics, and infrastructure management.
  • We provide turnkey technology and support programs for developer enablement, business operations, marketing and events, and membership development to help projects scale fast – with OSS flavor and flair.
  • Innovation comes from everywhere. We help companies and developers identify and contribute to the projects that matter. Working together, the Open Source Community is addressing the challenges of industry and technology for the benefit of society.
  • The Linux Kernel Organization is managed by The Linux Foundation, which provides full technical, financial and staffing support for running and maintaining the kernel.org infrastructure.

Not peep about what “normal people” might think of ‘Desktop Duty‘ OSes, and who might work for said “business,” or be involved in said “business operations.” That same Linux Leadership Community mentality was reflected in my brief tests of Rocky Linux 8.5.

Installation of the KDE Plasma DE

Yes, I managed to get the KDE Plasma DE finally installed, but it wasn’t easy.

Everything was looking pretty good:

Then I did another reboot after some updating, and I could not boot into the ‘root‘ KDE Plasma section:

More time having to ‘Wing‘ it, but I finally figured it out, accidentally during the ‘Winging‘ it process. Yes, I am that good…for a ‘Newb‘ anyway. 😁

Using the Preferences icon:

  • Note: I borrowed that pic again, so the Preferences icon’s dropdown menu list of DE choices is not the same as what I was being offered.

I tried to login to the ‘root‘ Gnome section ‘n that worked. Rebooted, and tried to login to the ‘root‘ KDE Plasma section ‘n that worked. Did another reboot from the ‘root‘ KDE section, and during that reboot it wouldn’t login to the ‘root‘ KDE Plasma section without first clicking on the Gnome DE choice in Preferences icon’s dropdown menu, AND then re-clicking on the KDE Plasma choice.

  • Note: That might sound confusing; however, it is not nearly as confusing if you are ‘Winging‘ it. Yes, I am that good…for a ‘Newb‘ anyway. 😁

Basically, Rocky Linux 8.5 is at least ‘Buggy‘ in that Welcome Login screen area, and it took a lot of ‘Winging‘ it to find the problem.

NVIDIA drivers

Buggy‘ ‘Buggy‘ ‘Buggy‘, e.g. RPM Fusion nonfree repository kept throwing up error messages in both the command line method ‘n the graphical method. I don’t know how to install NVIDIA drivers permanently without both the RPM Fusion free ‘n nonfree installed.

I’m just a simple “normal people” Desktop/Laptop user testing for Linux OSes that don’t make users use annoying “Authenticate” popups or other ‘Pesky Passwords’ that slow workflow down, so maybe “100% bug-for-bug compatible” means something else under Enterprise Linuxes!?! Like ‘Buggy‘ software is good if the Linux ‘Nanny controls it?!

Conclusion

Enough is Enough.

AlmaLinux 8.5 KDE Plasma remains my #1 recommended Linux ‘Desktop Duty‘ OS!

Will add this post to the RHEL-based page…

LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!