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Fedora 12 Constantine - Mixed feelings

Dec 18, 2009, 17:32 (4 Talkback[s])

"Constantine is the name of a mediocre movie starring Keanu Reeves, the name of a few Roman imperators and also the name of the latest Fedora release. After having tested the tsunami of exciting new releases, starting with Ubuntu Karmic Koala and having recently published a Mandriva 2010 article, also known as the Autumn Distro Release Fever (ADRF), it's time for a Fedora review.

"Fedora is a very intriguing distribution. It's unto RedHat what Ubuntu is unto Debian, an experimental, unstable branch where the bleeding edge of technology is tested, with you usually being the one that is bleeding. Seriously, Fedora is a distribution that combines all the dangers and thrills of the latest Linux advancements. As such, it is quite popular mainly with intermediate and more advanced users.

"My experience with Fedora, covering Cambridge and Leonidas releases was a mixed one. From the pure usability perspective, there's a lot to be desired. Take stability, for one, never a strong point. And yet, Fedora manages to be dead simple in many areas. If you're into free software only, then you're lucky. If you prefer the comfort zone of having lots of proprietary stuff readily available from you, take a number. Nevertheless, whether you like Fedora or not, you must agree it's a unique distro. This volatile mix makes for an exciting experiment."

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