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A Preview of Fedora 15: Rough around the edges, but worth the trouble

May 16, 2011, 20:12 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Casperson)

[ Thanks to Matthew Casperson for this link. ]

"Fedora 15 made some odd choices in what software it included and what software it leaves out.

"LibreOffice is the big omission here. Given that it is the premiere office suite for Linux, it seems odd that it would not be installed by default. What is even more odd is how painfull it is to install. The Office category in Add/Remove Software presents a bewildering array of options, and searching by "libreoffice" presents a similarly unhelpful list of options. Dropping to the terminal and running yum groupinstall "Office/Productivity" will install what you need, but this is not exactly something you would expect most users know.

"Fedora 15 also makes no attempt to install those "not quite so open source" application that everyone installs anyway, like Flash, MP3 codecs, Java and so on. To make matters worse, most of these packages can only be found in the RPM Fusion repo. Adding this repo is not difficult, but more difficult than it really needs to be when you compare it to the tick box Ubuntu gives you for installing these kinds of applications."

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