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Fedora 7 Review

Here is a thorough review of my distribution of choice Fedora 7 by LinuxLinks News:

If you’re a Fedora user the end of May means one thing…time for a new release! This year was no different as the Fedora project continued its aggressive six month release schedule. Fedora 7, code named “Moonshine”, is the latest version of the Red Hat influenced Linux distribution. Fedora regulars will note the absence of the word “Core” in the new name. This isn’t the only change with this release. We’ll delve into what’s new in 7 as well as review Fedora from a desktop standpoint.

Definitely worth the read.

Fedora 7 is the distribution You want!


Well with not a lot to do this weekend I thought it would be a good time to take the plunge and install the next installment of my favorite distribution: Fedora 7 x86_64. There have been some good changes with the distribution since the installation went without a hitch. Well, except for a couple of mistakes that I made but that is my own damn fault isn’t it. The installation went of with out a hitch but the one complaint I would make is the anaconda (the Fedora installer) still does not install to grub my other Linux installations unlike Ubuntu which sees them and installs a grub entry for them. It has no problem recognizing my Windows installation, however.

Other than the above the installation was a breeze. I choose the development portions to add to the default installation and KDE desktop since that is the desktop I use. Forty-five minutes later I had Fedora 7 up and running. All my peripherals were working fine, printer, scanner and internet connection. With the addition of a non standard software repository, I had installed all my codecs with the inclusion of nspluginwrapper to handle 32 bit plug ins on Firefox compiled for a 64 bit system. I also installed the nvidia proprietary drivers from livna which comes with livna display configuration which makes setting up and running Beryl a breeze.

I have read plenty of problems with this incarnation of Fedora on the Fedora mailing list but personally I think the problems lie not with Fedora but with poor vendor support (hardware) and mistakes by those installing Fedora 7. I whole heartedly recommend that you give it a try. It is a well polished distribution that a lot of people have put a whole lot of work into and it shows in the final result. Well onto installing WordPress, Apache and MYSQL for my own consumption and tinkering.

SabayonLinux: Giving it a try.

I downloaded the live dvd of Sabayon Linux version 3.2, x86_64 flavor, a close variation of Gentoo Linux, and giving it a go. When you boot from the DVD you have a choice installing from the DVD or you can run it as a live DVD. I ran it first as a live DVD and it looked interesting although the choice of applications is extremely limited and I was disappointed by this shortcoming. So I decided to do an install.

The installation was relatively painless with few choices to make so you pretty much let it do what it is going to do. You do get to choose between at least four desktops to install, Gnome, KDE, Fluxbox, XFCE and Enlightenment. I choose KDE. I did, however, change the grub installation since I have many distributions on my computer so it would not overwrite my grub file. This came back to haunt me. For some reason it chose to overwrite my grub file any way and I lost access to my other distributions. Unhappy Christmas for me. Not really a big deal for I just put my Fedora Core 6 DVD in and set it to Linux rescue and reinstalled grub, but something I really think should not have happened in the first place.

I have not been playing with it for long but it is missing a few or my prime use tools and programs. Like Firefox and Thunderbird and no xine or mplayer. Although you have to remember that it is based on Gentoo so you have to emerge everything you want and the takes sometime.

The default desktop is clean and attractive. However the beryl desktop manager does not seem to work properly even though there was a choice to enable desktop acceleration on installation but this seems to have failed an I will have to look into the problem in more depth. The menu set up is quite different from other distributions and will take some getting use to.

So that it was I am doing now. Hopefully I will post some more impressions on this distribution when I have time.

My main distribution Fedora has released Core 6

Yes Fedora Core has released Core 6 for general consumption. I have tried their release candidates coming up to this release with mixed results. Hopefully they have managed to get most of the bugs out of it because I am about the take the plunge head first. Get your copies while you can. I will have my torrent running full speed.
I have to say the final product looks really good so far. I will let you know more in the coming days.

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I do not if you all have read about the rift between Mozilla´s Firefox and Debian about Debian patching Firefox for it´s own use and Mozilla going after them for not submitting the patches to Mozilla. Because of this Mozilla went after Debian for trademark infringement for using the Firefox name and icon. Pretty stupid if you ask me. Any way Debian has come out with their own version that is free of all Mozilla´s trademarks. Good for them and tough to Mozilla. They should just get over it, I think.

Debian plans to release its newest version, Etch, in December, and wants Mozilla’s Firefox Web browser to be part of the distribution. Mozilla, however, told Debian it couldn’t release the software without its accompanying artwork. Now a legal expert says that the existing distinctions between copyright and trademark laws should have prevented this from becoming an issue in the first place.

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Fedora Core 5 is the New Distro to watch

Well, I finally got around to installing Fedora Core 5 and what a pleasure it was. It went much smother than Ubuntu Dapper, especially with the help of Fedorafaq. That site made installing all the plugins and media players a breeze except for the java plugin for firefox. The 64 bit version still does not exist. Come on guys get with the program will you. Any way if want a fun tuturial (ha ha ha) on install Fedore Core 5 check out Henry the Adequate for a nice and simple method. You really have to like this distributiion with the ease of installation and all the community help that comes along with it. Personally I think it is one of the best distributions out there. Although, I do like Ubuntu alot for it’s ease of use. Go ahead and give it a try. You have nothing to lose.

Unbunt’s Dapper Drake

Welcome to Ubuntu 6.06, Dapper Drake

Ubuntu's  Dapper Drake is the new and upcoming release of there distribution and a worthy install.  It comes with the new Firefox and Thunderbird and Open Office.  If you are using an   then be prepared to use Google and the Ubuntu Forums.  The install is an exercise in hair pulling for sure.  You can not use apt-get or synaptic to install them for it will fail.  If install the commercial video drivers is not something you are going to do, then, I would definitely pick up or download a copy of this distibution and install it.  Have fun.