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If you choose the option to install you get Fluxbox and KDE along with the default X-Windows System window manager twm.
The Fluxbox window manager comes with many themes and is easy to configure it with the many utils right from the Fluxbox menu's.
The KDE menu's can easily be edited with the Menu Edit configuration utility. Changing themes is also as easy as it is with Fluxbox dues to KDE's nice Control Center utility.
Despite the Forensics nature of the Live CD portion, the installed version works very much the same as a regular Debian 3.1 (Sarge) install but with many applications because it is Debian 3.1.
The utility apt-get is a very easy way to install and keep the system updated package, kernel, video and X-Windows System wise. Synaptic is also installed if you want the GUI version of apt.
Many multimedia applications are also installed like xine, k3b, xmms, with many graphics apps as well.
System administration wise there is the easy to use configuration wizards for network services, most of which are NOT enabled by default. Again for the best flexibility and user control over the distro.
Before you think this is just another Live Forensics CD, try the install option which has a nice easy to use utility. You just may like this as a distro over the Forensics part, and it will shine all the more because it still has the Forensics type of platform as an added bonus.
This release of Fedora was just "ok" and not fantastic just like the other releases of FC. RedHat needs to make this "infant Linux distro" more reliable.
Security: The OpenSSL that was included was not the secure verions RedHat.com stated was installed. The OpenSSL that was in there by default had a "known bug and exploit" that even RedHat published a series of articles on when they had this issue over a year ago with RedHat 9's OpenSSL. FC4 has since fixed the issue and the update is available for FC3 at download.fedora.redhat.com but since it's an older version of OpenSSL you have to know that first so you can set yum or up2date to get it. I got hacked a number of times and had to changed many passwd's because the exploit lets the attacker get all passwds from your FC3 system. The SSH server was on by default and allowed root login's and the old unsecure protocol 1 by default. rkhunter and chkrootkit were not part of the packages but at least nmap was.
Install: I had problems with my SCSI controller and the boot preocess for FC3 stating there was a "Extremely Broken BIOS Detected" issue. This turned out to be false. The software engineers at ISOLINUX stated that they el-torrito boot emulation was changed on alot new Linux distributions including Fedora Core which did away with floppy emulation which the Bootable CD-ROM option for SCSI controllers relied on. There was no notice at RH.com that stated this which cost me months tracking down the cause and money laid out buying IDE CD-ROM drives and different SCSI controllers, buying an unneeded BIOS upgrade, etc.
3D Acceleration: It was ok but not fantastic. The ATI driver for my Radeon always seemed to be updated with more features and more 3d Acceleration but it wasn't more than what FC offered. DRI worked out and was better than FC and ATI.
SATA: My installs worked sometimes and at other times they did not. I finally opted to use UDMA100 instead of patching the kernel all the time.
WinModem: No support for it and then udev caused a problem because the hardware profile list for FC didn't include LinModem's so the driver kept being unloaded, which they who created the driver found out through many forums and then they created a new driver for the Lucent WinModem, but that was months later.
USB: There was no support for my Lexmark Z600 Printer and my Kensington Expert Mouse would intermittently be lost in FC3. In PS/2 mode the mouse worked perfectly and there were no IRQ/Memory address conflicts as many other people are having the same issues with their USB mice.
SCSI CD-RW: The SCSI PlextorCD-RW could sometimes not be access which had to fixed by changing the permission from "disk" to "users".
WEIRD: There was a constant vesafb0 error message, also a FailedOpen for CD-ROM during boot and the kernel forced my 8x ATI 9200 128MB DDR AGP card into 4x mode no matter what kernel was being used. (all the way up to 184.108.40.206)
KDAT: The tape software worked nicely with my Seagate STD224000N DDS3 4mm DAT drive with tar but KDAT freaked out and I lost 1.8GB that I downloaded with my 56k WinModem.
Cross-app Window Managers: GNOME had some KDE applications on the Application Menu but KDE did not if you installed them both from the FC CD's.
Final: There are many many applications that are on the (4) FC3 CD's but with all the problems that I have gone through and the many other people I see on this forum and fedoraforum.org, RedHat needs to make a decision to either support the people they are catering to or forget FC completely because NO ONE should have to go through what the many have gone through. The worst customer experience ever and making a bad name for Linux at that!
Product Details: "FC3" by jeremy - posted: 11-08-2004 - Rating: 7.72