Red Hat Gives Away Fedora Core

By Jim Lynch  |  Print this article Print

Review: ExtremeTech's Jim Lynch finds the former Red Hat distro is worthwhile for tinkerers, but not ready for corporate deployment. Don't miss the screenshot slideshow.

Summary: Fedora Core 1

A reasonably good start for a very promising Linux distro. Tinkerers should give it a shot. Those wanting a bug-free experience should skip this version and wait for the next release.

Web: http://fedora.redhat.com
Pros: Easy install, lots of software
Cons: No MP3/DVD playing and a buggy application install tool
Price: Free
Editor's Note:

Jim Lynch is the community manager for eWEEK.com, ExtremeTech and PCMag.com. There's been a lot of confusion over Red Hat's new Fedora distro, but very little written about how it performs. We Jim took a look at it. Here's what he came up with.

In the process of changing its support and development model for non-enterprise desktop Linux, Red Hat has given a gift to the community: Fedora.

Fedora is essentially a tweaked version of Red Hat 9 -- or Red Hat 10 -- that the company has opened up to outside developers to extend and support. This is good for everyone concerned, and it speaks well of Red Hat as a company for doing it.

Overall Fedora makes for a decent desktop platform, marred by a few annoying bugs.

Click to read the full Fedora review.

Jason Brooks has more details on the Fedora project, which clears up some misconceptions on Red Hat's direction and motives.

Jim manages the PC Magazine and ExtremeTech forums, and is responsible for building community in the forums on both sites. He started managing PC Mag's forum on ZiffNet on CompuServe many years ago. He then transferred the staff and expertise to the Web. He left ZDNet when it moved to San Francisco and came back to Ziff after the split from ZDNet, right before ExtremeTech launched. You can get more background at his personal site: www.jimlynch.com/profile.htm.

His favorite movies include Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Three Musketeers (1973 version), Dune (Sci Fi Channel version), and gobs of others. He can't live without his iPAQ Pocket PC—,he uses it at the gym and everywhere else—,and his DVD collection features more than 200 films. His favorite game is Tribes (PC), which is more than three years old but he still plays it all the time.

Jim likes interacting with the folks in the forum and the content. 'I Love both of 'em,' says Lynch. 'It's what makes the job fun and interesting.'

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