On 7/15/22 11:41, Chris Murphy wrote:
I have a request for list regulars.
The Fedora Workstation working group is curious if there's any pattern
or categorization how Fedora installations typically break. i.e. the
installation is successful, the system has been updated multiple times
successfully, and then for whatever reason it breaks.
Are most failures hardware related? This could be broken down into
hard failure (drive or logic board failed) and soft failure (some
hardware configuration change and reverting the change resolves the
What portion of the failures are early boot failures? (Defined as
bootloader, kernel, or early initramfs failures. But excludes being
landed at a dracut prompt.)
What portion of the failures land the user at a dracut shell?
What portion of the failures does the user get to a graphical shell
but can't login?
What portion of the failures can the user login but there's some sort
of anomalous behavior?
What portion of all failures are fixable without reinstalling?
Is the GRUB "rescue" menu entry ever useful in resolving problems?
Could everyone reading this try booting the "rescue" menu entry and
describe what happens? How does the actual behavior compare to what
you thought would happen?
The questions list is not complete, feel free to add your own
categorizations / failure patterns that you tend to see.
It is usually hardware failure(s). Typically fans (over heat
cooking things), data drives (especially mechanical drives),
and power supplies. Occasionally, a monitor will go out
or a printer will die.
I will do upgrades on Fedora, but on Windows, I like to wipe and
reinstall. To many problems to remove with Windows.
I do come across issues upgrading Fedora, but with the
help of the guys on this group, have always got them fixed.
I am pretty tickled with Fedora 36.
Computers are like air conditioners.
They malfunction when you open windows