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 Erwos on Thu 13th Nov 2003 01:42 UTC

My experience on Fedora was completely different. Fast and clean install, and everything worked out of the box except for some of the proprietary stuff. I had to do the most minimal configuration ever - no need to download apt or wireless drivers.

The samba browsing thing - I didn't have any trouble at all, except that I needed to enable the Samba service from RedHat's configuration util.

OK, I had to grab xine and xmms-mp3, which was hardly the most horrible thing ever. I _did not_ have any trouble installing Flash, so I'm not quite sure what Eugenia's problem was. Haven't seen a single RPM lock, and I've been using it since RC3. No MP3 skipping, either.

The fact that you're using VMware is also problematic because most people ARE NOT. I know, VMware is great, but you're adding another layer for things to go wrong. A review is supposed to be representative of an average user, and the average user is NOT a VMware virtual machine.

I don't know what you did, Eugenia, but it must have been different than what I did. There's no denying the release was put on a little too fast, though, and that there was not appropriate QA.

I guess the other problem with the review is that it felt like you glossed over all the good parts of it. The installer is absolutely fantastic, and has features no one else has, such as install using VNC. There's pre-linking. There's new versions of everything. You can drop in a 2.6 kernel.

That said, I firmly believe that the situation will improve, and that Fedora Core 2 will be much better. Your rating of 7.16 is a touch low, but not too far off - it's actually only a .5 difference from SuSE 8.2, which you seemed to rather like.

Give the user community some time to improve - it's rapidly progressing with a merger of four major RPM repositories.

-Erwos