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Fedora 14 review on "low end" machine

Posted 04-04-2011 at 11:27 AM by DJ Shaji

I was personally very disappointed and disillusioned when I tried to install Fedora 14 on my system (1.5GHz Pentium 4, 256 MB RAM). The installer said that my system memory was too low for it to run. Anyhow, after some tinkering with the text based install - which doesn't offer much partitioning options, by the way - I was able to install it to my system. And that's when I was pleasently surprised !

First of all, let me clearly say that Fedora 14 outperforms both Fedora 11 that I previously had and Fedora Core 4 which I used for a long time by quite a margin. It is so much faster that Fedora 11, and uses much less memory than it's predecessors. All I did was turn off services which I did not want, like sendmail, for example. It starts up quickly and runs blazingly fast.

I installed from the live CD, and then used yum to fetch all the packages that I usually need. With something called "presto", yum can now reduce download sizes by up to 90% on some packages! Sweet!

I am loving this so much right now! Will post with screenshots later.
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