"I'm thinking of installing FC1 onto my secondary desktop. (700MHz Celeron, 128MB ram and a integrated S3 display adapter.)
Will it run "smoothly" on my computer? I need to run Opera, OpenOffice and such programs."
I run Fedora Core 1 with both KDE and Gnome. It works fine. I used to run SuSE. The only things that I dislike in Fedora are:
1. Fedora uses the same desktop for both Gnome and KDE. If you place an icon on the KDE desktop that icon also appears on the Gnome desktop and vice-versa. I was used to keeping different applications on the two desktops.
2. kudzu is the Fedora hardware detection program. Fedora runs kudzu every time I boot and it often asks me if it should remove devices that I happen to have powered down when I boot. This is a minor nuisance.
3. The login screen requires me to type in the user name that I want, whereas I could click on an icon in SuSE. Also the mechanism for switching between desktops is more cumbersome in Fedora than in SuSE.
All in all the problems are trivial and Fedora is a good distribution.
Be prepared. Create a LifeBoat CD.