Last week, there was an announcement for Fedora 22. So I decided to take a look. I’ll note that I have only tested the KDE-live version. I have not attempted an install.
The Fedora site
From the announcement on distrowatch, I visited the Fedora project home page. There, I found lots of marketing hype but very little useful information. The home page mentions a server version, a workstation version and a cloud version. But I did not find a clear description of what is in those version and what distinguishes them.
Or, in simpler terms, the Fedora website sucks.
In previous experimenting with Fedora, I have found that installing from the DVD installer gives a better running system than installing from live media. So I tried to find an install DVD.
As I noted in my earlier review, I did not particularly like Fedora 18. But, now that it is installed, I have been using it from time to time. So here are a few comments on what I have noticed.
I am surprised at the frequency of updates. I suppose that I should not have been surprised, as Fedora has a reputation for this. When I booted Fedora 18 on Tuesday, there were 85 new updates waiting. Then, only three days later, there were an additional 28 updates.
As suggested in my preliminary report, I have now installed Fedora 18 for more thorough testing. I won’t be doing that again any time soon. I found this a very disappointing release.
My installation was on an older (2004 vintage) laptop with a 32 bit processor and around 1.2G of memory. That’s a machine that I have relegated to use for testing. Apart from being a tad slow by today’s standards, it actually does pretty well. In any case, the limitations of the test machine are unrelated to why I did not like Fedora 18. Read More…
While I mainly use opensuse, I have tried a number of other distros. And one of those was Fedora. I’m currently putting that as my first choice after opensuse, the distro I would switch to, if opensuse were to become unavailable. Naturally, when Fedora 18 was released a little over a day ago, I decided that I should give it a try.
Note that this is a very preliminary report. I have not yet installed Fedora 18, though I have booted the live KDE image on two different computer, so as to get a feel of it. I will try to install within the next few weeks, and give a more complete review.
I ran fedora 17 for a while on my test machine. I have since replaced that with opensuse 12.2 Beta2. Before my memory fades, here’s a comparison of fedora 17 and opensuse 12.2. When installing fedora from the DVD image, I chose to install KDE, Gnome, LXDE and XFCE. Those are the same choices that I make with opensuse. Of course, I don’t really use all of those. Mostly, I use KDE and experiment with the others. On my test machine, I use XFCE because it is a little lighter in weight for the older slower hardware. Read More…