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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The only problem with Flash that I had was that it needed a particular version with libstdc++, which was in an RPM that was not installed by default, namely compat-libstdc++. Java was easy; I installed the RPM from java.sun.com, and in /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins, I did "ln -s /usr/java/j2re1.4.2_01/plugin/i386/ns610-gcc32/libjavaplugin_oji.so".

That said, Fedora certainly has its annoying quirks. up2date pops up a dialog to register with RHN; I click "Register with RHN", and it runs up2date without any registration. Eh? The up2date applet also warns that

"The applet has been unable to access the following information sources in its last attempts: fedora-core-1 @ http://fedora.redhat.com/releases/fedora-core-1, updates-released @ http://fedora.redhat.com/updates/released/fedora-core-1"

even though the core up2date app can handle those information sources just fine.

The graphical boot needs to go back to the drawing board. It doesn't hide the kernel messages, which undermines the whole point of a graphical boot, and worse, it breaks support for the Wacom USB Graphire, and temporarily freezes regular USB mice.

That said I didn't find Fedora nearly the disaster that Eugenia did. I may switch myself to Slackware, but that has more to do with wanting a platform that is easier to tweak and "abuse" than any particular problems with Fedora.