Thanks for the most informative and timely reply.
Open Suse is above 4GB and hence, I find it difficult to download and install.
Mandriva itself I downloaded for 3 days as it was 3.6 GB.
I do not want to go for Big Downloads.
I shall try CENTOS V.6 soon.
However, I found from the web about the default applications as below:
A default desktop installation of CentOS 6 features an application set that will not meet the desktop computing needs of most users. Remember, however, that you could customize what is installed during the installation process. And of course, more applications can be installed afterwards. Aside from the standard stock set of system utilities and desktop accessories, here are some notable applications installed:
Cheese Webcam Booth
Totem video player
Evolution Mail and Calendar
Ekiga, the VoIP and Video Conferencing Software
Totem Media Player
Pidgin Internet Messenger
Rhythmbox music player
Firefox is the only non-text browser installed, and it is the only one in the repository. And without a Flash or Java plugin installed, Firefox is no fun to use. In fact, many of the applications that would make the system usable, are not even in the repository.
Enabling third-party repositories, like RPMFusion and Elrepo are your best bets, if you want to have access to applications not in the default repositories.
Please tell me whether it would cater to my desktop requirements of Multi Media and Web-Browsing.
Originally Posted by John VV
well 15 is using the VERY VERY new Gnome 3
there are not all that many things that work well on it yet
- install KDE 4 desktop and use that
there is a thread on Fedoraforum.org someplace on downgrading gnome to gnome2
give gnome 3 a year or so ( fedora 17 or 18 )
it will become stable
but if you want a stable OS you should NOT be using fedora
fedora is and never has and never will be a "stable " OS
for ROCK solid install RHEL6.1 ( not free) or CEntOS 6 ( free)
or a bit newer
Suse Enterprise Linux Desktop 11 ( SELD 11)
or the free