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?
Permalink for comment
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.

Sounds like Eugenia imagines that Fedora is a product, but it isn't. Redhat is not offering a desktop solution at this time, but in the future they probably will and that's why they are supporting this project by hosting it on their server. In this regard Redhat is saying to the open source community that Linux needs stronger infrastructure in order to base a successful product line on the desktop.

Yes, but on the other hand, people are going to look at Fedora as an alternative to SuSE and Mandrake. The whole point of Fedora is for the community to develop that "core" and for Red Hat to "add value" by creating their Enterprise products on top of it.

Sure, you could say, "who cares if people don't use it", well, if people don't use it, then the whole point of having a community focused core basically becomes meaningless.

There is a difference between making a distribution of a decent quality and making one of commercial quality. What ELQ bought up were VERY obvious oversights that should have been picked up in the QA process. I am sure ELQ doesn't expect perfection but good lord, the problems she experienced should have stood out like a sore thumb during the testing process.

Bruce Perens is apparently going to put together a Linux product rather than help strengthen open source infrastructure. So if you are going to judge anything critically than judge UserLinux, but not Fedora because it is not a product and should be classified as an open source development project.

What? so criticising Fedora isn't fare because it is "community focused"? Look at Debian, and I can assure you, having used it for a while, the chances of getting the problems faced by ELQ on Debian is low to almost non-existant.

Now, I am not saying Fedora should be THAT conservative, however, they should have waited till 2.4.1 and GTK 2.4.x to be released, extensively tested it until the only bugs left are *REALLY* obscure ones are left, aka, "my computer crashes when I hook my toaster up to the USB port".

Since it is difficult to support all of the Linux software, a product would only include a subset of what is available. On the other hand, Fedora encourages all of the Linux software as well as development software to be deployed. And let the best ideas compete.

If they can't support all of it, cut down the package list to something that is more manageable then let the package monkeys out there create the necessary things people want.

It is like SuSE Linux and their 5000 packages. Sure, it is nice, however, how about getting those packages WORKING firt. XCDRoast not properly setup by default, number of games in the games menu not launching. If you do the default "slim" install, you won't have any problems, however, once you do the "everything but the kitchen sink" install, you end up getting into areas that are "uncharted".