I mentioned previously that I would post an update on my experience with
Fedora Core 5 once I had a chance to install and use it. What can I
say, the install went without a hitch; the installation interface is
nice and guides a user through the experience pretty painlessly. I had
no issues with hardware drivers, although this is a pretty standard
desktop PC without fancy graphics cards etc.
Once installed and running I have had no problems with the system,
everything works fine, updates download/install correctly and new
packages can be installed via the yum utility (similar to apt on Debian
based systems). All things considered I would say I am much happier
with Fedora Core 5 than with previous releases 3 and 4 (which drove me
crazy due to hardware issues).
That said, it seems a lot of people are unhappy with the state of Fedora
Core 5—some questioning whether it was really ready to be released (http://www.fedoraforum.org/forum/showthread.php?t=101470). Maybe
hardware compatibility is pretty hit and miss with any Fedora release?
I must say that although I have had no issues with Fedoras latest
offering (this poll gives a less individual overview) I still prefer
Ubuntu; so far I have installed this on many different hardware
platforms and not once has an installation failed—the range of packages
in the universe repository is also much more diverse than those
available through yum (I couldn't find VLC for FC5; I installed it in 20
seconds using apt-get on Ubuntu).
Has anyone else given FC5 a try yet; any comments?