Red Hat Gives Away Fedora Core

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 1

A 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.

Web:

http://fedora.redhat.com

Pros:

Easy install, lots of software

Cons:

No MP3/DVD playing and a buggy application install tool

Price:

Free

Editors Note:

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:

  • Gnome 2.4
  • KDE 3.1.4
  • Abiword
  • OpenOffice.org
  • The Gimp
  • Mozilla
  • Konqueror
  • GAIM
  • Evolution
  • Epiphany
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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.

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