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.
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
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.
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