I’ve been running behind on my reviews ever since discovering ‘Da Wonders of Porteus Linux around 3/31/2022 of this year. To keep ’em from stacking up I placed some difficult requirements on which Linux OSes would be tested, e.g., their ISO’s needed to be below 1.25GBs.

Around 9/2/2022 I decided to make an exception to having to be below 1.25GBs for Crystal Linux who weighed in at 1.89GBs. Another exception was made around 9/4/2022 for the 3.81GB Ubuntu Unity review.

Ditto & Ditto for two more exceptions made on 9/15 for 2.13GB Fedora Linux 37 Beta and on 9/18 for 3.87GB Gentoo KDE Plasma LiveGUI. 😁

4.83GB Nobara Linux 36

Yep, the Nobara-36-KDE-2022-09-16.iso weighed in at 4.83GBs! Porteus 5.0 Cinnamon weighed in at a mere 359MBs.

  • UPDATE: Nobara has been performing so well that I also downloaded ‘n tested the 4.82GB Nobara-36-Official-2022-09-16.iso. Will refer to both being 4.83GBs from now on in this post.

However, 4.83GBs is no longer a problem since I’ve decided to drop that 1.25GBs max ISO weight limit. Six++ ISOs that have been waiting for reviews all weighed over 1.25GBs. Four more are also waiting for reviews, but they are under that former weight requirement.

Nobara is loaded wid gaming ‘n streaming ‘n “content creation” ‘Stuff‘ plus all kinds of 3rd party drivers. They offer three versions of Nobara: Official, GNOME, and KDE. The “Official” version is GNOME wid “pre-enabled” extensions that give it a Windows and/or Cinnamon look. I may download it tomorrow, when my ISP isn’t crawling along at dial-up speeds, and give it a try…I like this OS that much! Just checked and it is also 4.83GBs.

  • UPDATE: I did download ‘n am testing the “Official” version also…more on that later.

Installing Nobara Linux 36

I used Fedora Media Writer & balenaEtcher to create a ‘Live‘ bootable USB for installing Nobara, and both worked. It’s not for testing before installing, i.e., it goes directly into the Anaconda installer.

Windows users might be interested in testing this user-friendly Nobara, but the Anaconda installer can be tricky for any first time users. Here are two posts (wid pics) on how to delete & reclaim the Target disk space: #1 & #2. That is possibly the most difficult choice for new users of the Anaconda installer. Oh, use an Ethernet connection if possible. I also never create the standard ‘Password Dependent‘ OS user…just create a “Root Password” and you won’t be bothered by annoying “Authenticate” popups slowing down your workflow.

  • UPDATE: The Official version required a standard user be created. There is a login window when booting to the OS, so just enter root for the other user and then the root’s password.

Post-Installation

Have now installed ‘n tested both the Official & KDE versions. Had started testing the KDE version a few days ago, and loved it, but am starting to lean towards the Official version early in its tests.

Official:

The Official version, GNOME wid “pre-enabled extensions,” and ArcMenu GNOME Extension is one. It gives the desktop that Windows look (for Windows users) and/or that Cinnamon DE look (for Linux users). It uses dnfdragora (a GUI frontend for DNF) Software Management & GNOME Software utility for updating ‘n adding apps.

Here is the desktop:

Here is System’s About:

Official version seems to have a 🪳bug when opening dnfdragora:

You have to enlarge it by dragging the left side of that Line (highlighted w/ red rectangle) to the left. Sometimes it opens up correctly.

  • NOTE: The KDE version didn’t have that issue. Also, not sure of what the actual release date of Nobara was, but it may only be 2-3 months old, i.e, 🪳bugs can expected.

KDE:

The KDE version uses KDE Plasma 5.25.5 for the desktop, which also has that Windows look that a majority of OS users want. It uses dnfdragora (a GUI frontend for DNF) Software Management & the KDE Discover Software Center for updating ‘n adding apps.

Here is the desktop:

Here is System’s About:

Point & Click OS users

Linus Torvalds calls Point & Click OS users “normal people” – ‘Technical people‘ are basically defined as Developers, Programmers, Sysadmins, IT Specialists, Maintainers, etc.

I haven’t used the terminal at all, other than a couple quick inxi -F commands in order to verify what Graphics driver was being used. All apps and updates have been done wid dnfdragora (a GUI frontend for DNF) Software Management & GNOME Software utility & the KDE Discover Software Center.

For example, here is a pic wid dnfdragora & KDE Discover offering me a choice on LibreOffice:

Here is dnfdragora showing me my NVIDIA driver options:

I went wid the version 515.65.01 driver for both the Official & KDE versions. Note from Nobara:

Please note that as Nobara is a forward-moving, gaming-focused distribution, it is required that if you have an Nvidia GPU, it must be supported by Nvidia Proprietary driver version 515 or newer for compatibility with the latest VKD3D and DXVK updates, OBS, Gamescope, and Vulkan. Older driver versions do not have the functionality and vulkan extensions that are required for these and will have performance and rendering issues, or may not work at all.

Neither the GNOME Software utility or the KDE Discover Software Center offered that new 515 Nvidia driver, which is why I use dnfdragora mostly, but users have two choices in both the Official & KDE versions. BTW, having used Fedora for years I have finally accepted dnfdragora as a great packager manager – ESPECIALLY wid the huge improvements to it since Fedora 36.

NVIDIA Settings & driver:

Nobara makes it easy to install the latest Nvidia driver. AMD? I’m done wid AMD ‘n so are a growing number of people.

Games

I don’t know anything about games, but apparently Nobara does. They mention ‘Stuff‘ like OBS Studio, WINE, Davinci Resolve, Proton, Discord, Stream, Lutris, ScummVM, plus “content creation” ‘Stuff‘, and lots more that I don’t know anything about.

Conclusion

New OS is so good that I am going to move it into Tier Two on the Karmi’s Top 10++ Linux Distros page!

Will also add it to Distros w/ *NO* “Authenticate” popup or other ‘Pesky Passwords & Windows 11 pages.

Excellent job by the Developer/s!

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