Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 8th Nov 2006 11:19 UTC, submitted by Valour
Fedora Core Yet another review of Fedora Core 6. "I'm through hoping that the next version of Fedora Core will fix all of the problems with the previous release. Fedora's identity has gradually eroded over six releases, finally ending up as a second class clone of Ubuntu. On the other hand, Red Hat Linux was never really all that easy to install, configure, and use, so I guess this is just the natural evolution of a product that was destined to be eclipsed by more complete distributions like Mandriva and more easily configured distributions like SUSE."
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Good review
by Odisej on Wed 8th Nov 2006 13:09 UTC
Odisej
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2006-05-11

I disagree with the above posts. Review is good from the standpoint of an ordinary user. My experience is the same as it is described here and i really, really do not have two days to solve a simple problem of getting my wireless card to work. And not only that. After following some suggestions on how to solve the atheros chip problem, I found out I cannot do it without going even deeper into the system (the instructions which worked for FC5 were not usable on FC6). I am not a student nor am I an IT professional and I do not have much spare time. Even if I would like to I am not able to use Fedora. I just installed the good old Ubuntu back and worked like a charm. If Fedora continues on this track I really do not see its future as a mainstream distribution.

Edited 2006-11-08 13:12

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RE: Good review
by deanlinkous on Wed 8th Nov 2006 14:12 in reply to "Good review"
deanlinkous Member since:
2006-06-19

Continuing on this track is EXACTLY what will see it continue in the future. A lot of users are getting tired of this attitude that proprietary is just fine and dandy or only using linux because it is the popular thing.

Fedora can not help if you bought a crappy wireless card dude.

Strange that even Shutteworth has discussed making a truly FREE Ubuntu when according to you there is no need.

Edited 2006-11-08 14:13

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RE[2]: Good review
by AdamW on Wed 8th Nov 2006 20:00 in reply to "RE: Good review"
AdamW Member since:
2005-07-06

There is precisely one kind of 802.11g chip that works with a completely free driver: the rather uncommon Ralink chip. All other chips require either a proprietary driver, ndiswrapper, or a proprietary firmware blob. It's essentially impossible to 100% guarantee the card you buy will have an Ralink chipset, and in many places it's essentially impossible to even give yourself a high chance. That's not even mentioning the issue of laptops - I don't know of any popular laptop line which uses Ralink chips for the onboard wireless, in general it's either Intel or Broadcom all the way.

The author of the article did not really mind the absence of proprietary drivers or firmware in Fedora itself. Yes, go read that sentence again, since it's obvious you missed the bit in the review where he said this. What he really didn't like is that, according to him, it's very hard to install the stuff even from external repositories. I don't have any personal experience with Fedora from this perspective, so I can't say if I agree with him or not. I'm just explaining what he wrote, since obviously half the people commenting on this thread had difficulty reading it.

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RE: Good review
by giallu on Wed 8th Nov 2006 18:08 in reply to "Good review"
giallu Member since:
2006-11-08

I actually have an atheros card and it works quite well after installing from livna the madwifi-kmod driver.

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