Fedora 10. Two days later…

So, I found a way to down­load, burn and install Fedo­ra. This nor­mal­ly wouldn’t be a big deal but I’m roam­ing house to house until Rose and I find some­where to live. I sur­vived Iraq with Fedo­ra 8 and I real­ly want­ed to try out the lat­est. I real­ly enjoyed 8. It was sta­ble and served me well on my jour­ney.

But, being the geek I am, I couldn’t resist but install the lat­est and great­est. And, two days lat­er, I have no regrets. I can hon­est­ly say that this is the best dis­tri­b­u­tion I have tried. I used Ubun­tu 8.10 as soon as I got home to see what had changed on the Debian front. I wasn’t all that impressed. While it oper­at­ed smooth, it was miss­ing a few bits which I real­ly want­ed. It was lack­ing the lat­est OpenOffice.org, Mono and Eclipse and it exclud­ed the Empa­thy IM pack­age which I want­ed to try. It also didn’t have a ready-to-go Net­Beans instal­la­tion in its repos­i­to­ries.

There is real­ly noth­ing much to say about the instal­la­tion of F10. The instal­la­tion was smooth and easy. Every­thing just worked. When it first boot­ed, I noticed an imme­di­ate dif­fer­ence. Not only did the boot process look dif­fer­ent, it also boot­ed a lot faster than F8. This is due to the inclu­sion of Ply­mouth as a replace­ment for RHGB. I wasn’t sure why it looked so plain though. It was just a black screen with a progress bar across the bot­tom. After some search­ing, I found that adding “vga=0x318” would allow a more graph­i­cal boot screen at 1024x768 with 16M col­ors. After the change and a sub­se­quent reboot, it looked more like one would expect.

I would have to say that the folks work­ing on Net­work­Man­ag­er have done an out­stand­ing job. I didn’t my Kyocera KPC650 Ver­i­zon card with me dur­ing instal­la­tion. How­ev­er, it didn’t mat­ter. I just plugged it in while work­ing from the desk­top and Net­work­Man­ag­er detect­ed it and I was able to con­nect in sec­onds. This was much smoother than using wvdi­al or any of the oth­er old­er meth­ods. It is also con­sid­er­ably bet­ter than Win­dows approach.

After adding all my bits, I found that I didn’t need to ref­er­ence any doc­u­men­ta­tion to get my sys­tem 100%. It just was. Every­thing was there and work­ing. I did add the RPM­Fu­sion repos to yum but this is as sim­ple as click­ing on the down­load on their site. Vio­la, lib­d­vd­c­ss, gstream­er-ugly, et. al. were all there and ready.

I do have one com­plaint with Gnome. The default image view­er appli­ca­tion is just too sim­ple. It doesn’t offer any pho­to touch up tools or any­thing. I real­ly wish the folks at Gnome would begin push­ing gTh­umb as the default. It is fast, light­weight and sim­ple enough to use as the default. Yet, it offers those that want to crop or adjust col­or the tools nec­es­sary to get the job done.

In con­clu­sion, I would rec­om­mend F10 to just about any­body. It is as sta­ble as any release I have ever tried. It is also as bleed­ing edge as they come. Those two rarely come hand in hand. It’s nice to see they got it right with Fedo­ra 10.