Fedora 11 Beta: First Reactions

It seems like just yes­ter­day that I got home from Iraq and refreshed my lap­top (Dell Lat­i­tude D610).  I ran Fedo­ra 8 the entire time I was in Hab­baniyah.  After get­ting home, I was excit­ed to get a chance to skip 9 and go right to Fedo­ra 10.  I didn’t use it long before I got a new lap­top (Dell Lat­i­tude D630).  Lin­ux nev­er made it on the new lap­top.  After I read a review of Fedo­ra 11 Beta, I fig­ured it was worth a shot.  I down­loaded Gpart­ed LiveCD, opened up 20GB of space and popped in the DVD.  I split this post­ing into three sec­tions: the good, the mediocre and the ugly.

The Good

Sprint Cel­lu­lar Broad­band Card: God Bless Net­work­Man­ag­er.  No reboot.  No instal­la­tion.  I just plugged it into my run­ning machine and it worked like a champ.  In fact, I’m using it now since my broad­com wire­less card isn’t work­ing.

Per­for­mance: This thing rocks.  It is prob­a­bly because the dras­tic changes going from a sin­gle-core, 32-bit proc to dual-core 64-bit.  But, this thing is snap­py!

Ext4: First major dis­tro using this as default.  Con­grats Fedo­ra Team!

The Mediocre

Gnash/swfdec: I wish these two would just join forces and devel­op a kick ass, open-source flash play­er.  I decid­ed to go with swfdec.  64-bit, mozil­la-plu­g­in. Adobe can kiss my ass.

Pack­ageK­it: This soft­ware just annoys me.  I under­stand its pur­pose but yumex is and always has been a bet­ter solu­tion.  I guess I am a bit biased though since I am not a begin­ner.

The Ugly

Instal­la­tion: The installer can’t seem to fig­ure out how to eject the DVD and pukes at the end.

Wallpaper/Background: It is just ugly.  Now, I couldn’t design any­thing nicer but all I want­ed to do was change the desk­top back­ground and nev­er see it again.

Fire­fox: Fire­fox is great.  How­ev­er, I am a habit­u­al text high­lighter.  The entire sys­tem locks up when I drag text a lit­tle bit on acci­dent from with­in Fire­fox.

Broadcom/Nvidia: Can’t real­ly blame this on Fedo­ra but these dri­vers are still an issue.  I can’t get either of them to work.

Conclusion

What can I say?  I heart Fedo­ra.  This seems to be the least sta­ble beta release I have tried yet but I think it is because they are push­ing the enve­lope.  I like to see it too.  Fedo­ra is con­sis­tent­ly try­ing new things and exper­i­ment­ing.  It is good for the com­mu­ni­ty and OSS move­ment.