By Jim Lynch  |  Posted 2003-11-18 Print this article Print

Installation If youve ever installed Red Hat 8 or 9, then Fedora will seem very familiar. The process is essentially the same, using Red Hats Anaconda installer. We opted to throw in everything, including the kitchen sink. So our install was probably a little bit longer than most peoples; it ran about 45 minutes or so. We installed it on a box that also had Windows 2000 on it, and the dual boot worked nicely for us, with Grub as the boot loader. We had no problems with installation. All we had to do was insert the CDs when prompted, click through a few screens of basic information, and the installation pretty much took care of itself. Our network card, monitor, video card, etc. were all found and properly installed. The only manual chore was to create our user ID and password.
We rank Fedoras install program among the best for desktop Linux distros (no surprise there, since it comes from Red Hat). We would feel comfortable giving a copy of Fedora to anyone who has installed Windows 2000 or XP, as its pretty similar in terms of the expertise required to install it.
After you boot up (theres a nice GUI boot screen in Fedora), you can change the login screen from the default Red Hat Bluetooth screen to Happy Gnome, Circles or Happy Gnome (with user browser). Were Gnome people, so we promptly ditched Red Hats Bluecurve theme and went with Happy Gnome (hey, whats not to love about a theme with a name like that?). Desktops KDE and Gnome are both included (although each has the usual Red Hat customizations; love em or hate em, theyre there). We opted for Gnome, as always, and for the Crux desktop theme. It just feels more Gnome-like to us than the Bluecurve one. Aside from a quick once-over, we didnt bother much with KDE; its a fine desktop, but just not our cup of tea. Page Three: Add/Remove Applications Burps

Jim manages the PC Magazine and ExtremeTech forums, and is responsible for building community in the forums on both sites. He started managing PC Mag's forum on ZiffNet on CompuServe many years ago. He then transferred the staff and expertise to the Web. He left ZDNet when it moved to San Francisco and came back to Ziff after the split from ZDNet, right before ExtremeTech launched. You can get more background at his personal site: www.jimlynch.com/profile.htm.

His favorite movies include Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Three Musketeers (1973 version), Dune (Sci Fi Channel version), and gobs of others. He can't live without his iPAQ Pocket PC—,he uses it at the gym and everywhere else—,and his DVD collection features more than 200 films. His favorite game is Tribes (PC), which is more than three years old but he still plays it all the time.

Jim likes interacting with the folks in the forum and the content. 'I Love both of 'em,' says Lynch. 'It's what makes the job fun and interesting.'

You're welcome to visit Jim's site for more information about him.


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