Review: ExtremeTech's Jim Lynch takes a look at the former Red Hat distro, finding it worthwhile for tinkerers, but not ready for corporate deployment. Don't miss the screenshot slideshow.
Jim Lynch is the community manager for eWEEK.com, ExtremeTech and PCMag.com. Theres been a lot of confusion over Red Hats new Fedora distro, but very little written about how it performs. We asked Jim to take a look at it for the eWEEK.com audience. Heres what he came up with.
Summary: Fedora Core 1A reasonably good start for a very promising Linux distro. Tinkerers should give it a shot. Those wanting a bug-free experience should skip this version and wait for the next release.
||Easy install, lots of software
||No MP3/DVD playing and a buggy application install tool
In the process of changing its support and development model for non-enterprise desktop Linux, Red Hat has given a gift to the community: Fedora.
Fedora is essentially a tweaked version of Red Hat 9 -- or Red Hat 10 -- that the company has opened up to outside developers to extend and support. This is good for everyone concerned, and it speaks well of Red Hat as a company for doing it.
Overall Fedora makes for a decent desktop platform, marred by a few annoying bugs (more on that below).
Whats In Fedora Core 1?
Theres a lot of goodies bundled with this distro. Heres a very brief rundown of what you can expect:
Slideshow: Take a look inside Fedora Core 1.
The Fedora CD contains a lot of software, far too much to list individually here. So be sure to visit the Fedora site for a complete list of packages and last-minute package changes included on the Fedora CDs.
Page Two: Installation
- Gnome 2.4
- KDE 3.1.4
- The Gimp