For many in the enterprise there are only two options for a Linux desktop, SuSE Enterprise Linux Desktop or Red Hat Enterprise Linux. However, for some enterprise users who would rather live on the bleeding edge, there is Fedora 10. This is Linux distribution is rock solid out of the box and ready to rock the corporate desktop.
- System requirements:
- CPU: 200 MHz minimum for text-mode and 400 MHz PII minimum for graphical-mode
- RAM: 128 MB minimum for text-mode and 192 minimum for graphnical-mode (256 recommended for graphical-mode)
- Hard Drive: 9+ Gigs of space will be used for full DVD installation. Additional space for user data as well as an additional 5% free space should be available for proper system operation.
- Major features:
- Kernel: 2.6.27
- GNOME: 2.24
- KDE: 4.1
- Web browser: Firefox 3.0.4
- Sound server: PulseAudio
- Additional information
Who's it for?
Although Fedora has often been considered a "hobbyist only" distribution, release 10 finally pulls Fedora from that label. Fedora 10 is as stable, secure, and ready as any operating system for the enterprise desktop. I would place Fedora 10 on the same level as SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop but just below Red Hat Linux Enterprise. Any level of user should find the learning curve for Fedora 10 as shallow as any Linux distribution.
What problem does it solve?
Fedora 10 puts a multi-dimensional distribution in the hands of users of all skill levels. Instead of having to use a distribution (such as Ubuntu) for new users and a distribution for experienced users (such as Mandriva or previous versions of Fedora) Fedora 10 allows you to deploy one distribution. New users will find Fedora easy to use and experienced users will find Fedora 10 has all the power they need to do the chores they have to do.
- Xorg: One of the most impressive features of Fedora 10 is the newer Xorg. With this new implementation there is no more need for an xorg.conf file. Instead the Xorg system has become intelligent enough to guess the necessary modes of the hardware in order to get the best resolution available.
- FirstAid Kit: This is a rescue environment intended to help fix a broken system.
- Sectool: This tool handles system integrity scanning by comparing current status against known good status states.
- GNOME 2.24 desktop: This GUI is one of the most stable Linux desktops to date.
The biggest issue you will come across with Fedora is not release specific but distribution specific — support. Yes, you can purchase support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, but this support does not extend to its Fedora cousin. Instead, when deploying Fedora 10, you will have to rely on in-house support..
Bottom line for business
If you are willing to tackle support for this Linux distribution in-house, the money you will save in licensing as well as the desktop uptime you will enjoy, makes a solid case for deploying Fedora 10. It might be wise, however, to do a test run to see how well employees grasp this desktop.
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