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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Flash & Java
by The Thunderbird on Thu 13th Nov 2003 00:41 UTC

Well I got Flash working quite happily, I also got loads of other proprietry software working -- NVIDIA Graphics drivers, Java, Borland C++BuilderX Personal Edition, Winex.

In terms of multimedia -- I have had no problems at all, getting mp3 support was a simples as apt-get install xmms-mp3 from, in terms of flash, apt-get install compat-libstdc++ and presto flash just worked. What I don't understand is why a user takes makes things hard for themselves, there are hundreds of repositories out there even since fedora was released a few days ago. Next up using Redhat 9 rpms, I installed the RH9 version of Gimp quite happily (latest dev version). I don't use samba so I can't help you there, but using samba in a linux enviroment for me is a load of pants. Next up, at my new job I develop on windows everyday and let me tell you, that I have never had half the problems out of the 6 years that I have been using linux (3 1/2 of which I didn't use windows) and linux kept chugging along windows kept breaking on me, do you know what its like to deal with a memory leak on windows????? Using .NET is even worse!

Overall I have had few issues with Fedora Core 1, the package-manager is a load of arse, (redhat-config-packages) but it has been fixed, if you had a look at the bug database you would find that there are patches out there, no compiling needed, xine, totem and all the rest installed happily, the only thing I did compile since my installation were a couple drivers (NVIDIA, modem etc) the next bit was rhythm box, I got 0.6.0 working with xine, it rocks, no problems, no lag nothing!

My laptop -- perfect aside from an ACPI issue which can be fixed easily enough... (Just can't be arsed at the moment!)

Overall I think that a lot of users are lazy, spend a lot of time complaining about bugs that they themselves don't report! Eugina, I love your reviews to bits, this was (forgive me) crap, all it did was run down an effort to create a cool new distro, and besides remember: It is COMMUNITY MAINTAINED and is above all ONLY VERSION 1 regardless of it being based on Redhat Linux, it will have its own set of teething problems and finally: It is not yet designed for home users, I am a hacker, I use it because it offers everything I need to write my software and do my research, and even play a few games ;) most users can overcome their problems by simply going to GOOGLE.COM! ;) it works for me, oh and reading the mailing lists.