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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RE: I think its light and fast
by Anonymous on Wed 12th Nov 2003 21:43 UTC

Fedora isn't perfect but its an excellent start.

I think that you just hit the nail on the head. Your statement would be very valid if this was indeed a distro just starting out. But, the reality is that the distro is quite old and should be mature, only the name is new. Fedora Core 1 would have been Red Hat 9.x or Red Hat 10 if Red Hat hadn't decided to abandon support.

With a fairly long lineage of good distributions (Red Hat 7.2, 7.3, 8.0, 9.0) it is not unreasonable to expect the next generation release to improve upon the feature set and quality of its predecessors. But, it appears that Fedora Core 1 is actually a step back in features and quality from Red Hat 9. We can only hope that a scathing review, such as this one, will catch the eye of the Fedora developers and that they will exert greater effort on quality control before the next release.

Everyone is watching Fedora closely. Red Hat was the most popular distribution and, now that they have abandoned support, people are looking to see if Fedora truely fills the gap or if they must look to some other distribution. So far, Fedora doesn't really appear like it will fill the gap left by Red Hat. The next critical mile post for Fedora will be ongoing support. If they fail with on going support, people will certainly look for a new "most popular distro".