"I would love to get together with you again, but I'm leaving for California tomorrow to become a ninja."

That is precisely what the pretty and athletic brunette said to me on our (one and obviously only) date. I kinda knew what was up, but pretended that I didn't.

Yes, I called in two days to see if I had been blown off as suspected. Because I'm stubborn. And at the time, I was on a hunt. Guys do that and don't kid yourself or listen to the bullsh*t to the contrary, ladies.  At any rate, the irate girl on the other end of the line thought that Ms Martial Artiste had hooked up with me, and apparently was not in on the ninja excursion. She was mad because the rent was due, and the young lass had taken her belongings and disappeared.

Not sure I believe it, but that was what she said. Being young and stupid, and minus the stuffed sea turtle I had gifted the budding ninjette, I asked her out, too. Her boyfriend, who was present, was not appreciative of my kindness. I won't repeat his exact response, but I deserved it.

Can't fault me for trying.

Now, many moons later, I don't remember her name, and barely remember what she looked like, but to be honest she did look like a girl that would go become a ninja.

muh- muh - muh - my fedora...

Which brings us to Fedora 29. My current experience with Fedora, being a die-hard Debian aficionado, is about like watching a kitten with ADHD chasing a laser pointer. I mean this in the sense that anything that I want Fedora to do, it gets all excited and bouncy like a hype man at a rap concert, then goes in the absolute opposite direction. The entire process is maddening for me.

Fedora starts its barrage of hate with Gnome, which is a thing of absolute horror to me and requires eye bleach to heal. When I am using it, I find myself in a fury rather quickly. So I switched to i3.

I normally love i3. But somewhere along the lines things started changing, things started getting modified, and I had an i3 set that was rather underwhelming. I think I can fix these little quirks, and they will take a little work. I am still on the fence.

I loaded Plasma because of all the Reddit Unix Porn entries, but I can do that and more on i3. and now, if I get the newer i3-gaps loaded, then some real customisation can happen. I found that I was not as much of a fan of Plasma as I thought I'd be, but then again, I also have not really worked to modify it at all yet. Nothing is really cool until you begin to tweak them.

ya gotta believe in something

She updates all the time, like a young girl putting on makeup in the bathroom. I mean, she's always getting ready, updating, reloading things. Every time I log in there is a new update to be had.

At first, that ticked me right the heck off, but I was thinking about it again last night and realised that I should perhaps be grateful that she does this because that means that Fedora is actively being developed. The new code is constantly being generated, and I have just gotten the ip addr thing under my belt.

Given, all of the Debian updates are stable when they hit the system, but I am not looking for stable at the workstation, I am looking for excited and picante at the workstation level. My servers will not be anything other than Debian if I can help it. (Yes, I love Debian that much, but despise Ubuntu. Go figure)

Fedora 29 also has that incredibly awesome background. I know that the shipped wallpaper is hardly a good reason to pick an operating system but think about it... It worked for Microsoft when Windows 95 came out, for those reading this that were actually alive then. To further make you kids feel off... That's when I was starting out with Linux.

So there's that.

At any rate, I will need to do a full audit and decide what I want the state of the system to be, how fast I need it to be, and what bells and whistles are going to be the most useful for the next phase of my work.

I remember the old days of Red Hat 4.0, and even 2.0, for that matter. Your date will probably age, but this one doesn't really. She just gets better and more functional. And since I sense that train of thought about to go horribly off the rails, I'll abandon it for the next one.

wonderful tonight

Sysadmins are a strange breed, as are hackers, ninjaneers and coders. A lot of these terms are interchangeable, I realise that, and the point I want to get to here is that we tend to form some weird and sometimes unhealthy love and commitment to our servers and workstations. It might be a *nix thing, and there are no useful drugs for this condition.

We remember that perfect workstation setup like a long romantic walk down a stretch of beach where she was just so lovely, the wind was just right, the sun was sinking into the water and everything was perfect. We attach to our technology, which is why we are so driven by it. Our relationships with our machines make Han Solo look like a completely useless tool.

Perhaps it is that sort of thing that is pushing me hard in this article. I want those interactions again with my workstation. I have high hopes for her, dreams of future times when everything is rocking and grooving and she is in her syntactical prime. A time when everything is primal, and it all just clicks.

I have had that once. It almost got me in a lot of trouble. I had gotten Enlightenment 17 and had the baddest setup around, and all of my screenshots were making the local code junkies drool like they were off their meds. That was back when... never mind. I'm not telling you that. It would be like kissing and telling, no?

she looks so good in moonlight

Okay, so maybe I've talked myself off the ledge here. I won't wipe her immediately and put some Debian variant on her. I admit that I did look around.

After all, distrowatch.com is basically the Tinder of the Linux-seeking world. I get most of my new testing distro ideas from there. But I'm sticking with the majors these days.

So I'm looking at her again. I might even change her name. Make it more fitting. Right now she's named after a fading, decaying ancient monastery. Maybe she needs a better name, one that makes me want to invest the time in zsh and all of that other stuff that will benefit me later.

Okay, I admit I can't fight the challenge. I know what this Fedora 29 system can become if I throw my mind into it. Damn you Fedora people.

I guess tonight I'm gonna be back in bed with Fedora. Some things are just meant to happen.