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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Good review..
by CooCooCaChoo on Thu 13th Nov 2003 04:58 UTC

IMHO, it was a hard hitting but fair review. It is good to see that ELQ is back in her old form, willing to dish out constructive criticism when needed. Although some people are offended, I am sure that if there are some Fedora programmers, they'll take this criticisms on board and ensure that future version don't make the same mistake. With that being said, I have a few other things to say:

1) We have Linux fanboys get all hot under the collar over the fact that ELQ is willing to compare Fedora against Windows, MacOS X and other commercial operating systems. On one hand we have these people who say that Linux is ready to take "Microsoft on", and yet, they want special treatment when there is a review. What is it? is Linux ready to step up to the crease and hit a 6 or is it going to go back to the pavilion? (yes, that is cricket terminology).

2) When I started to use GNU/Linux many moons ago, the main attraction I liked about it was the mantra, "it will be released once it is ready". There has been a move in the opensource community from that goal to one where "release the code on time and at any costs". Fedora should have stayed in beta until January. There should have been atleast another 2-3 release candidates fixes the bugs ELQ bought up. The worst part about these bugs is that they're in VERY common parts and occur in the default configuration. Sure, I could understand if ELQ had configured it way outside the target spectrum, but the fact remains that she is using it, on a standard PC with a default install. These things should not happen.

3) Linux is never going to be adopted as a desktop solution outside the corporate setting until such time we have people who are willing to make constructive criticisms, like ELQ, without the huge backlash we've seen in this forum. It is time for some linux fanboys to realise that GNU/Linux isn't perfect and that what is required is MORE constructive citicism NOT less. By simply ignoring these issues, you make yourself no better than Microsoft or any other commercial software vendor.