I am just wondering over the status of Fedora:
I am on Fedora 7, to which I got via Debian-Ubuntu-CentOS5-fc7
The next upgrade, since the hardware is now together, is to upgrade to fc8 or something else. Therefore a stage-check:
So I notice the fedora community is about half the size of the Ubuntu tribe (I have one Fedora and four Ubuntu computers) The responsiveness from the Ubuntu camp is way better, I would say instantaneous
Fedorians are like running old stuff, too. Not only are packages in fc7 somewhat dated (compared to U) but plenty of people are on like fc3, which must be like two years ago? that further takes away from the fc7 community.
The drip was when I realized Fedoraforums don't know how to configure a mail server! We are talking Linux folks here. I went to the Red Hat camp to become familiar and experience stability. While U is a little rocky if you are into logical volumes, I find the fc7 desktop less stable (as in the "same" apps crash more) and the setup of various packages is tedious. I expected rock solid but got tedious.
Example: install a DNS server in Ubuntu, it's flying the second I hit enter on apt-get, in Fedora it hangs. Is it security, is it configuration, is it broken? it takes hours to find out making you less productive. In U/Debian, someone already figured it out for you. Though yum I think has the better commands, it is horribly slow. Synaptic in U 7.10 leaves nothing else to ask for. They got it right.
So whats in the cards for Fedora? Is it so that the biggest distro wins?