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Leading edge or bleeding edge? Yes!

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 65.112.244.2] on May 19, 2008 10:00 PM
Bruce, great title. That sums up my experience as I have used Fedora as my main OS at home since it was young. Fedora is heavily innovative, and I have had mixed experiences. The security features are excellent, and Xen sounds promising. There was a time a few years ago when Fedora's OpenOffice.org build was crashing easily for many users, so since then I have been using the upstream OOo. There was another time where the installer would freeze on systems with low memory (256MB is low?), and I am not sure that is resolved. I remember another time around Fedora 3 where a kernel security upgrade (not just an update) broke the use of floppy devices, and they left the bug ticket open until the release was EOL. In retrospect, my big mistake was choosing Fedora for a terminal server at an office. Perhaps at the time it was justified to use Fedora, but now CentOS and others have the necessary features without the fuss of bugs and short life cycles. The last terminal server upgrade (F6 to F8?) was painful, but some of the blame for the terminal server's issues goes to recurring regressions upstream in GNOME's GDM. Overall, some open source software needs to take clues from the good testing done by Linux (the kernel), Mozilla, and others!

I'll be installing F9 at home just because F7 is EOL. :)

---Andrew Z.

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