Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 13th Nov 2003 05:19 UTC
Fedora Core Fedora Core 1 has been out now for a few days now and many faithful Linux fans have already installed it. Red Hat's Linux is still one of my favorite distributions because of one main reason: compatibility with Linux software. Red Hat is a market leader and following the market leader assures the least trouble for most users. But is this the case with Fedora Core?
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by Anonymous on Wed 12th Nov 2003 20:39 UTC

I think it is reallt irrespossiable that they put rythmbox in there. rythmbox is so unstable its not even funny!

I disagree with the gaim problems. Yes there are always problems when you use rpms that are built for different distros. Yes, even version changes like RH8/RH9, if they work, good for you, otherwise, tough luck.
What you should do is wait for fedora to release an updated version, and that should upgrade cleanly. Complaining that you cant compile programs that are not meant to be easy to compile, and that rpms not meant for fedora dont install cleanly is not a fair complaint IMHO.

Can we please also cut the stuff about the Multimedia lacking? Eveyone knows its not there! You didnt even mention http://rpm.livna.org/, which contains all these nonfree packages and were compiled for FC1!

You also compare performance with your self compiled plugins. Try the plugins from livna, or try playing an ogg (so you use an 'official' plugin) and see fi you get the same performance issues.

You want good java rpms? Try these: http://dag.wieers.com/packages/j2re/

Once again though, you can give me third party things that dont work, while I can give you third party packages that do work.

More then half of your article is complaining about third party packages, and how they dont work. Sorry but that really brought down the level of your review. There are many good problems there (like the samba issue, that ximian has gotten right using unholy hacks, but atleast it works), but instead of focusing on them, you focus on the ones that arnt fedora's fault.

Btw, just that people should generally know, most of the problems reported in the article are not distro problems. So you will probably see these problems if you use any other distro too, that dosnt heavily patch (like RH used to do). This is not that fedora isnt good, its just that now fedora dosnt have as much reasources to heavily patch their packages as they used to. This means that the packages are more 'pure', and therefore a tad more unpolished. It is a shame since RH have fixed a large number of bugs with their patchs and most of their patchs got accepted upstream in the end.
Fedora in terms of the important stuff (kernel, initscripts, configurability, how everythings 'fits' together, etc..) is pretty rock solid, waiting to see if this will hold for future releases...