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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On FC3
by Lovechild on Tue 14th Sep 2004 11:45 UTC

I'm currently tracking Development, and FC3 looks to be a great release.

While some functionality is still missing for legal reasons, like mp3, ntfs and most video codecs - we now have Ogg Theora support for at least streaming Fluendo's office works out of the box.

gpdf is fixed, there are still locale issues with Mozilla, Firefox, Thunderbird and HelixPlayer - and I consider them serious bugs, but nothing to do about them than wait for those projects to standardise on an interface that we translators can work with - go bug them to make our lives easier or it will take forever as translation is a big job, especially when our standard tools doesn't work. (bugs filed)

gnome-volume-manager is quite good fun, insert most anything and it will mount and just work. Very impressive to see your digital camera automatically sync with gthumb af pluggning it in.

There's still issues with the scsi command changes Linus made in 2.6.8 so cd access for audio ripping and cd recording currently only runs as root (bug filed).

Epiphany seems to be the new default browser much to be pleasure - it's translated and it's the standard GNOME browser so it integrates well with my desktop.

OpenOffice now has native widget support, but the fileselector work Novell did hasn't entered the FC OOo.

Overall the system seems extremely snappy compared to FC2, the interactivity work Ingo and friends have done seems to have paid off, as well as certain gcc tweaks (AFAIK).

SELinux works out of the box now and comes default on.

Considering FC3 isn't even at Test2 it's extremely stable for me, FC3 is looking good from where I'm sitting.