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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My perspective
by Spark on Thu 13th Nov 2003 08:26 UTC

Too many comments to read, so this is a redundancy warning. =)

The article is pretty accurate in stating the most obvious problems. However, after fixing some initial problems, the system runs stable as a rock for me and the performance is just outstanding. I had not yet problems installing third party applications, though I just tried Gaim 0.72 and it indeed doesn't work. I'm sure this will be fixed by the next release of Gaim.
I also have nothing to complain about multimedia. My Vorbis media isn't skipping the slightest and I just did the stress test: Playing both OGG and an MP3 file simultaneously while starting and playing Enemy Territory (which in itself is already stressing my poor P3 1000) and had not a single skip in all of the three sound sources. Now the interesting question would be, whether my or your observed behaviour is the exception. ;)
Oh and Rhythmbox is rock solid for doing what I do with it (playing my ripped music albums). Of course bugs are expected in such an early development version and it's a clear goal of Fedora to be a testbed for such development versions.

I think what we'll have to get used to is, that Fedora, while in fact beeing in direct competition to Windows and OS X, is _not_ a finished end user product but more like a breeding box for developers and users who like to get in touch with latest developments (aka enthusiasts).
The quality assured and (hopefully) bug free versions are the Red Hat Enterprise Linux releases, of which none exist (yet) for the general home user, because Red Hat thinks, that it can't really deliver for this market (yet), to which I would agree (yet). Before it would really start to make sense for Red Hat to develop such a release, I think the software wouldn't just need some more polish (see Gtk still lacking the "real" file selector, see GStreamer not yet beeing ready, etc. You can't release a snapshot of the current Linux desktop and expect it to be satisfying user needs for the next three years. It doesn't "just work", yet) but Linux itself also needs more backing by hardware and software vendors. And to get the latter, the plan of Red Hat is to bring Linux on the corporate desktop (for which it works really well already) with their Enterprise Linux products. We'll just have to see how it turns out and meanwhile, there just isn't any Linux home user product from Red Hat for anyone but developers, enthusiasts and people who want to learn something new.
There are still SuSE, Mandrake, Lindows, etc. I don't think they really deliver to the promise and some of them aren't completely Open Source though (which, to me, elliminates all advantages of using this alternative plattform).

Personally, I love Fedora and I'm very excited to watch it's further development. I also hope that it will contain a few less embarassing bugs in the next releases though. ;) We could all help in making sure this becomes a reality... After all, everyone is the QA of Open Source projects.