Fedora Silverblue as an HTPC Part 1

Originally I was going to mess around with Silverblue in a VM before considering using it on my HTPC. In theory it sounded like it would work very well – an immutable, rollback-able OS seems like the perfect thing for the one computer that ALWAYS needs to work for less tech-savvy folks in the house. But the first release of Silverblue seemed to still be a bit rough around the edges. Lots of recent blog posts on Fedora Planet (a blog aggregator for folks who participate in the Fedora project) seemed to indicate that things were in a better place now for Silverblue. Still, I was going to first mess around in a VM. But then I had to reboot the computer after things went awry with the display and this time I wasn’t able to get around the Free Magic issue that had been plaguing me for a few months now since upgrading to Fedora 31 (in anticipation of Fedora 30 being out of the support window). The Free Magic issue basically would appear after the grub menu and while others’ reports on bugzilla seemed to indicate that a kernel upgrade fixed it for them, such was not the case for me. For a while it worked such that if I was there on reboot and hit enter on the grub entry, it would work (while it would fail if you left it to boot on its own). But tonight it would not yield. The computer had gone catatonic. So, I figured it was as good a time as any to try and move to Silverblue. As a bonus, I was going to move the installation to an SSD, so I still have the old, borked installation if things go completely wrong (although I’d still need to fix the Free Magic issue).

I’m installing the base system as I write this. Future posts will document getting blueyoshi (name of that computer) back up to a working condition as the HTCP.

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