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Fedora 19
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Description: "The Fedora Project is delighted to announce the release of Fedora 19. What's new? Developer's Assistant is a tool for new developers that helps you to get started on a code project by offering templates, samples, and toolchains for a variety of languages; 3D modelling and printing are supported with OpenSCAD, Skeinforge, SFACT, Printrun, RepetierHost, and other tool options; OpenShift Origin makes it easy for you to build your own Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) infrastructure; MariaDB offers a truly open MySQL implementation and is now the default MySQL option in Fedora...."
Keywords: Redhat-based Developer's-Assistant-Tool 3D-modelling MariaDB

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Old 08-27-2013, 10:41 AM   #1
Registered: Jul 2006
Distribution: CentOS, Xubuntu
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 6

Pros: Stable software, good configuration tools, very secure, vanilla Gnome
Cons: Terrible installer, desktops other than Gnome generally poor

Fedora is released as live disks for various desktops, and a 4GB DVD which offers many options and will update an existing installation, but which is not live. All come as hybrid iso files, which can be put on a USB stick with dd, but not with Unetbootin. I tried the large disk in the 32-bit version.

Despite numerous criticisms from users, the new installer shows no improvement in the partitioning section, with its strange sequence of operations and misleading option names. Although I’d used it before and re-read the instructions, I still had difficulties. The only easy options are automatic installation on the whole disk or in free space, so if you’re going to double-boot with Windows, make the free space beforehand. In the configuration section, you can chose between minimal, server, or graphical installations; the desktops offered are Gnome, KDE, Xfce, LXDE, Cinnamon, Mate, Sugar.

I started with Mate, and at first thought it was missing: it takes over a minute to start after logging in. It worked well, though, apart from a segfault in one applet. The meagre selection of software was also sound: Firefox, Claws, Pidgin, LibreOffice. I added the codecs from RPMfusion, as well as Gnash and Gnome-mplayer. The video player was fine, but the Gnash plugin for Firefox only worked erratically: stick with Flash.

Then I tried Xfce. This started quickly and seemed fine. It gave me Midori instead of Firefox, but added Parole and Pragha for media, all of which were bug-free. Unfortunately, Parole didn’t actually work. Some of the configuration tools were missing, either just left out (daemons) or because they depend on Gnome (sound devices).

Finally I installed Gnome, but it was so slow on my computer that I just had to give up. The memory usage was twice that with Pinguy and Arios, and my CPU load was 22%!

It’s difficult to see why so little software is installed with the alternative desktops when there’s so much on the DVD, like Gimp, Scribus, Inkscape, Xine, Totem, etc. That brings me to package management. Unusually, Fedora has different tools for different GUIs: gnome-packagekit, apper (KDE), and yumex (the rest). Yumex is old and primitive: it took 4 minutes to display the list of available software, and that was just A-Z, not sorted into categories. The search facility is supposed to search on names or descriptions, but only works for names: a search for ‘video’ or ‘media’ will not reveal any video players. It also uninstalled Pidgin without being asked to! Stick to yum in the command line if you don’t use Gnome or KDE.

Fedora comes with good configuration tools, although some are limited to Gnome and the others may not display help without it. The fact that SEL and a firewall are enabled by default will also be a plus for many.

If you can manage the installer, this is still a useful distro, especially if you need the easy configuration and security features absent from Debian and its derivatives. But it’s best to stick to Gnome. In fact, if you like Gnome 3 with no modifications, Fedora’s a good choice, providing you have a fast computer with 2GB of RAM. It’s only supported for a year, but at least next time you can just ask the installer to do an update.
Old 10-16-2013, 09:04 AM   #2
Registered: Jun 2005
Distribution: Many, Old and New
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9

Pros: Is running nicely and even operates my keyboard light!
Cons: um, hold on I am thinking... nope none yet.

I am rocking 64 bit Fedora 19 on a Toshiba Satellite P755-S8263 Intel Corei5. 6gb of memory

Runs everything I want very well. Internet surfing. Youtube watching, email getting, C programming with Emacs (I use VI too please no WARS) Playing Minecraft (so Java)

Current Process - adding Icons to the "Activities" list and finding out how to group icons there.

P.S. Had to install via a thumbdrive because my DVD-reader is broke (It does not work under windows either).
Old 10-27-2013, 12:54 PM   #3
Registered: Nov 2009
Distribution: Fedora
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9

Pros: Stable, Fast and Secure,
Cons: Gnome window manager is a bit slow.

It's working fine with
processor : Intel® Pentium(R) M processor 1.10GHz
os type : 32bit
memory : 1.2 GiB
graphics : Intel® 915GM

I use web server to my web developing tasks with Geany, GIMP, Firefox and Google Chrome at same time without any problem.
Old 12-10-2014, 03:15 PM   #4
Registered: Nov 2014
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10

Pros: Everything I need, easy to read
Cons: First part of install kinda missleading

Installed on an Acer Aspire 3000 Via USB on 80 GB HDD Over wrote WinXP
Picked up all the hardware on loading with hard wired connection asked all the right questions and did them perfectly
Switching to WiFi after complete loading was a piece of cake
Beats the Win stuff
Enjoying this Laptop again


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