Linked by Christian Paratschek on Thu 27th May 2004 16:00 UTC
Fedora Core So, there it is, the highly anticipated second release of Fedora Core. Again, I wanted to wait for a few days for things to calm down,and again, I couldn't resist updating my production system within two days after the release. Well, I'm just a Linux junkie, i guess...
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by FH on Thu 27th May 2004 17:09 UTC

Myself, i have had nothing but problems. I'm an LFS'er myself, but since I was setting up a reference system for a classroom, I figured that a commercial distro would be the best bet. Unfortunately I was VERY wrong.

The platform : 2.0 GHz P4, Intel Desktop Board D845GVSR , 1 GB RAM, 80 Gig drive (completely dedicated)

The result: DOG SLOW desktop environments.

The system itself booted very fast, and the GDM login screen seemed to come up without a hitch. Logged in as a user created during install. Up pops the Gnome splash screen. 2 Minutes and 50 seconds later I finally get a desktop. Hmmm. Lets open a terminal and see what's running that could slow it down. 39 Seconds later, I get my terminal window. I know GTK can be slow, but really...

So I install the XFCE RPMS from the disk, and log out. i restart X, and login to XFCE. Everything seems to be fine. Seems pretty snappy.

Log out, restart X. Log in to Gnome. @ min 37 seconds later, I have a desktop. Guess it's not GTK. I open OOo. Seems to open reasonably fast enough ~10 seconds. Open a gnome terminal. 34 Seconds later a terminal window. Hrrm. Weird.

Log out, restart X. log back in. Hrmmm. Same deal. So, I decide to try KDE 3. Not a fanboy, but what the hell. Install the RPMS. Log out, restart X again just in case. Log in to KDE. It's slow too. It's snappier than Gnome, but still a lot slower than it should be on this box.

Tried everything, from adjusting X parameters to disabling various processes that were running, but not 100% necessary. Still slow. Reinstalled, with as minimal a configuration as possible, with the exception of X and Gnome. If you can believe it, it now ran even slower.

And that is my experience. Now on to my next linux install on these systems for me.

1. Put in live CD
2. Partition the HDD
3. Download and unpack sources
4. chroot
5. ./configure && make && make install
6. wait
7. Everything works exactly the way it should have after the install of fedora.
8. Use Fedora Core 2 CDs as shiny coasters and/or small frisbees.

and that's my .02