Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sun 26th Mar 2006 10:02 UTC
Fedora Core It's been about 2.5 years since the first release of Fedora Core. And boy has it come long way! The new version of Fedora Core (FC) is featuring a number of goodies and performance enhancements as we describe below (and yes, it even includes a new logo).
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by Lazarus on Sun 26th Mar 2006 11:23 UTC
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I've got it installed on this machine now, and I must say its a vast improvement over previous Fedora releases.

Some things still aren't quite right however. The size of the default install is still far greater than it needs to be for most people, and the network install I did (from what has been for me, the fastest mirror over the last couple of years) took nearly two hours. The installer seemed to grab the packages quickly enough, but forever to install them.

As has been the case since Redhat 8, KDE is a second class citizen (I'm a KDE guy), and large parts of GNOME cannot be removed without seriously screwing up the system. (OT rant: Too many distributions IMO favor GNOME these days. It saddens me ;^)

Worse tho are things like error messages. The ones in GNOME *SUCK* compared to the KDE ones. Fedora has never had mp3 or DVD support out of the box. Fair enough, I understand their reasons. Just for kicks, seeing how HAL udev, dbus etc. have progressed, I inserted a DVD anyway (before installing the packages from freshrpms to make it work), and totem pops up with an error message saying that it can't read the disk "No reason." Different story in KDE. Told me exactly why (which I already knew, but this is just an example).

FC5 seems much faster than the previous versions I've tried out both in booting up and jugling various day to day tasks, and I am rather impressed by it. Nautilus still seems flakey tho, and so far I've had it crash once, and it crashed hard. I was reading the contents of a data DVD at the time ;)

Regardless, for a distribution intended as a testbed for a future enterprise product, it's not so bad as prior releases have been.

Edited 2006-03-26 11:32

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by gilboa on Sun 26th Mar 2006 12:46 in reply to " "
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If you, like me, rather use KDE on FC, try the KDE-Packaging ( project.
I'm using it to run KDE 3.5.1 on FC3 and FC4 machines. (Both i386 and x86_64.)


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