Linked by Christian Paratschek on Mon 13th Sep 2004 19:48 UTC
Fedora Core This article is kind of a follow-up to my first Fedora Core 2 review, published on OSNews in May. Most of the reviews are published shortly after the release of a distribution, and there's always someone who complains that one cannot really "review" a distribution after only a few days of actually working with it.
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re: Wow...
by BlackCat on Mon 13th Sep 2004 22:52 UTC

So you claim Gentoo doesn't have any of the problems?

Problem 1: gPDF, reported in the bugzilla entry as being patched upstram in GNOME CVS. Gentoo doesn't have this patch.

Problem 2: No sound mixing by default. Slight correction, no software sound mixing by default. Using the ubiquitous SB Live series I've got hardware mixing out of the box on Fedora, works just fine. But I agree, Fedora should use dmix by default for onboard audio. Gentoo doesn't set up sound for you in the first place, so you can hardly claim to be better off.

Problem 3: Mozilla translations. Upstream problem. You can read Christopher Blizzards (Red Hat employee, Mozilla developer) rant about this at http://www.0xdeadbeef.com/html/2004/07/ (July 15th). Does Gentoo magically make the issue go away?

Problem 4: The mozilla mail icon. I'd give you this, only Gentoo doesn't set up a mail icon for you.

Problem 5: Rhythmbox. I can crash Rhythmbox five different ways before lunch, running Gentoo isn't going to save me.

Problem 6: Dual boot bug. Bug in all versions of parted prior to 1.6.12 when used with a 2.6 kernel. I see @redhat.com people in the ChangeLog, strangely no @gentoo.org... (or in the kernel changelog, or anywhere...)

Problem 7: Dunno. But I wouldn't switch to Gentoo for it.

The reason you've got Fedora packages on every software project's homepage, why you've got developers on the various planet.x.org sites gushing about their Fedora install experiences, why X.org 6.8's release plan is build around Fedora's, and why Gentoo zealots annoy me, is because Fedora and Red Hat are significant and Gentoo is not. If Gentoo disappeared tomorrow we'd continue business as usual but if Red Hat ever tanks we're going to be up shit creek with many core projects such as glibc, gcc and the kernel.