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?