Fedora 11 – A some quick thoughts

I’ve been using Fedora 11 for a few days, and I thought I’d talk about it a little.

A really clean install

The first thing which I really noticed about it was that by default, very letter installed. This is something which is both a blessing and a curse. I like it because it means I can install the applications that I want to use, meaning no unused applications are installed, saving space.

However, it doesn’t do much “out of the box” as a result. It’s an issue when I go to use something and I’ve gotten to install it. It’s not really something that matters when I’m sitting at home, I can just install it from the repo. If I’m out and have no internet access – or slow internet access, I can’t download it.

All is not lost. Fedora provides a DVD image which contains most of the packages. If I had remembered this I would have downloaded the DVD image instead of the CD one – Webpigeon fail!

Closer to upstream

I’ve mentioned before that I think of myself as a Linux user first and foremost, above a “Ubuntu” or “Fedora” user. There are a number of distributions which alter the software quite a lot before it reaches the user, usually to improve security or for updates. The problem is that then other distributions don’t benefit from the improvements. This results in one or two nice distributions, but it betrays the point of Free software – to contribute back to the community.

Fedora sticks very close to upstream, which means their bugs are the upstream bugs. When they get fixed in Fedora, they can be send upstream and then every distributions can benefit.

Nothin’ but the tumble weeds

One of the things that I really like about Ubuntu is the community. People get to gather at various times in the year and improve the distribution, meet up with other users and learn new things. This is something which is lacking in fedora. There are few IRC channels, which all are quite large, but no local channels.

In some respects, the Ubuntu loco groups are like lugs, it would be interesting to see lugs meeting up more and doing more, as well as more national meet ups (like bug jam, only not confined to Ubuntu). In some respects, the #unity-coders IRC channel is somewhat like this (people from every distribution welcome, Linux and free software in general, rather than any one distro).

Well, thats my opinion anyway.

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